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Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (1995)

Cast: Madam Alex, Madam Alex, Cookie, more...
Director: Nick Broomfield, Nick Broomfield
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Biographies, UK
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
In her heyday Heidi Fleiss was at the center of a highly successful prostitute ring. The most interesting part of her business was the fact that her clientele reportedly comprised various Hollywood stars. Who can forget her legendary black book? Labeled "Madam to the Stars," this fascinating documentary exposes her world. Includes interviews with Heidi and retired L.A. police detective Daryl Gates.
~ Laura Mahnken, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Nick Broomfield knows how to get people to shoot themselves. by minordv8 February 19, 2003 - 3:55 PM PST
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6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I was first exposed to Nick Broomfield's documentary style in the film he did on Kurt Cobain (Kurt and Courtney). I was remarkably impressed with two aspects of the film and filmmaker. First, his ability to continually confront his subjects with a very polite directness that seemed to console while at the same time demand honest responses. He reminds me of the type of person that can argue any point from the aspect knowing (or at least thinking they know) everything about the subject at the center of the argument. Second, I'm amazed at his willingness to investigate every aspect of a story and talk to anyone who is willing (or maybe not so willing) to talk to him. The sequence where he drives down Hollywood's sunset strip questions street walkers about Heidi Fleiss is classic Cinéma Vérité

Favorite scenes
Ron Jermey as a key informant. Yeah!
The Ann Margret look-alike talking about how she'd rather have a nice dinner and a screw and get paid $500 rather than make $1500 and have to watch some rich dude shoot up heroin. Me too!
Victoria Sellers going into detail about a trip to the Bahamas with two other Heidi girls. Clothes hangers and rolls, that's all I'm going to say.

Worst scenes
Interviews with Madam Alex and Ivan Nagy. Not the fault of the filmmaker but man these two should tied together with barbed-wire and dropped into a vat of acid. IMHO.

Movies with similar themes:
Bowling for Columbine
Kurt and Courtney
Biggie & Tupac - One of the best documentaries I've seen.




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