Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

Director Brigitte Berman
Genre Documentary
Runtime 124 minutes
Supplier 2156040 Ontario Inc.
Festivals/Awards Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection 2009
Release Date In theatres on August 6, 2010
DVD/Blu-ray available on January 11, 2011


An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humour and insight, the film captures Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists. Rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th century American pop culture, present a brilliant and entertaining snapshot of the life of an extraordinary man and the controversies that surrounded him.

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Cast & Credits

George Lucas
Tony Curtis
Pat Boone
Hugh Hefner
Dizzy Gillespie
Sammy Davis Jr
Gene Simmons
Jesse Jackson
Shannon Tweed
Joan Baez

Press & Articles

“'Hugh Hefner' entertaining documentary” - San Francisco Chronicle

“Hugh Hefner has been good for us” - Chicago Sun-Times

“'Hugh Hefner': A Radical, And Not Just In The Bedroom” - NPR

“'Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel' Review” - Film Journal International

“The Doc Days of Summer: 'Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel'” - IFC

“Hugh Hefner documentary hops beyond Bunnies to a rebel playboy” - Vancouver Straight

“Getting beyond the bunnies with Hugh Hefner” - The Toronto Star

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

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