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Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time (1992)

Early in the 1990s, Hefner and others are interviewed on camera about Hefner's childhood and youth, the beginnings of Playboy and its later empire, what those enterprises meant to society, ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Heath

Writers:

Gary Grossman (as Gary H. Grossman), Michael Gross | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Narrator
Hugh Hefner ... Himself (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Barbi Benton ... Herself
Monique St. Pierre ... Herself
Dorothy Stratten ... Herself (archive footage)
Michelle Urry Michelle Urry ... Herself
Susan Brownmiller ... Herself
Keith Hefner Keith Hefner ... Himself
Spiro Agnew ... Himself (archive footage)
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)
William F. Buckley ... Himself
Tony Curtis ... Himself
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Dornan Robert Dornan ... Himself (archive footage)
Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer ... Himself
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Early in the 1990s, Hefner and others are interviewed on camera about Hefner's childhood and youth, the beginnings of Playboy and its later empire, what those enterprises meant to society, troubles with pundits, censors, and the government, and two crises within Hefner's world, the arrest and prosecution of a close associate and the murder of a model. Susan Brownmiller provides the basic critique of Hefner's businesses (women are objects); Hefner says he wanted to break repression, question traditional values, and present the healthy, wholesome, and real eroticism of the girl next door. By 1992, Hefner is extolling the virtues of marriage, children, and family life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Expanded from an episode of the documentary television series American Chronicles (1990). See more »

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Referenced in The Girls Next Door: Heavy Lifting (2007) See more »

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24 February 1999 | by EmptyLeoSee all my reviews

This is a great documentary on how the man became The Man. If you don't know how Playboy got started or you do and just don't know about the man who got it started, this is worth checking out. And if you do know, it's still worth checking out because this tells all, and you're sure to learn something you didn't know


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