Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss

Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss

Director: Charles McDougall

Cast: Charles McDougall, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Robert Davi, Brenda Fricker

     
 
Sopranos ingenue Jamie-Lynn DiScala stars as the infamous Hollywood madam in this made-for-cable bio-flick. Produced without the participation of Heidi Fleiss herself, Call Me traces the Pandering author's progression from pampered daughter of a liberal doctor (Saul Rubinek) to headline-grabbing proprietress of a ring of pricey Tinseltown escorts.

Overview

Sopranos ingenue Jamie-Lynn DiScala stars as the infamous Hollywood madam in this made-for-cable bio-flick. Produced without the participation of Heidi Fleiss herself, Call Me traces the Pandering author's progression from pampered daughter of a liberal doctor (Saul Rubinek) to headline-grabbing proprietress of a ring of pricey Tinseltown escorts. Robert Davi and Brenda Fricker co-star as the boyfriend/pimp and the old-guard madam who offer Fleiss her entrée into the oldest profession. Corbin Bernsen plays a big-time movie producer who requires high kink from "Heidi's girls" to sate his jaded sexual appetites. The script, by Norman Snider, covers Fleiss' bust but trails off after her incarceration without covering her subsequent rehabilitation as a legitimate businesswoman. Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss premiered in April 2004 on the USA network. Snider previously worked on the script for another naughty TV flick, Rated X, which starred Charlie Sheen -- one of the few high-flying Fleiss customers to be named publicly during her early-'90s legal ordeals. Fleiss was previously the subject of Nick Broomfield's documentary Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
It could have been a lot trashier -- and more shoddily produced. Sure, Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss hits all the requisite titillating-TV-movie marks, from kinky sex and soul-numbing drugs to the rock & roll antics of the Hollywood elite. But it's handsomely appointed, generally well-acted, and free of the heavy-handed moralism that makes, say, Lifetime original movies so distinctly puritanical. That's not to say Call Me has any particularly deep point to make. Underneath the superficial salaciousness, it's a rather tame American Dream fable drenched in easy irony -- which makes Jamie-Lynn DiScala (pouty, condescending Meadow from The Sopranos) the perfect choice to play Heidi Fleiss. Although she's more conventionally attractive than Fleiss, DiScala perfectly captures the snarky, horse-toothed mien her real-life counterpart evinced during her stay in the tabloid limelight. (It appears that some sort of dental appliance helped with the physical approximation.) With Fleiss' story so ingrained in the public consciousness, the film must find its drama in exploring her relationships: her exploitation of and by a coke-addled older madam (pitch-perfect Brenda Fricker) and her education in the ways of power by a heavily fictionalized movie-producer john (enjoyably sleazy Corbin Bernsen). The only really false note is the script's none-too-subtle suggestion that it was her liberal middle-class upbringing that misaligned the future madam's moral compass. Maybe Call Me gives off a whiff of Lifetime after all.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
UPC:
0024543178842
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
41,244

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie-Lynn DiScala Heidi Fleiss
Robert Davi Ivan
Brenda Fricker Alex
Emmanuelle Vaugier Lauren
Ian Tracey Sgt. Willeford
Carey Feehan Jason
Corbin Bernsen Steve
Saul Rubinek Dr. Paul Fleiss

Technical Credits
Charles McDougall Director
Tim Bider Production Designer
Stanley M. Brooks Executive Producer
Mara Casey Casting
Bridgette Durnford Editor
David Franco Cinematographer
Mike Frislev Producer
Damien Ganczewski Producer
Jim Gross Editor
Nic Harcourt Score Composer
Chad Oakes Producer
Jami Rudofsky Casting
Norman Snider Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen Version
1. In the Beginning [4:33]
2. Heidi & Ivan [1:03]
3. Madame Alex [4:10]
4. Learning From Lauren [3:07]
5. The First Client [4:44]
6. The Finest of Everything [5:05]
7. Advice From Ivan [3:18]
8. Meet Michelle [3:21]
9. Taking Over [3:59]
10. Deceiving Alex [4:07]
11. The Headhunter [5:23]
12. Overshadowed [4:11]
13. Visit From the Law [3:44]
14. Dumping Ivan [4:24]
15. Heidi's New Man [3:05]
16. Plotting Against Heidi [3:00]
17. Busted [4:05]
18. Throwing a Party [2:45]
19. Dirty Little Secrets [2:25]
20. Visit From Dad [2:27]
21. Big Offer [2:16]
22. Playing With Lives [4:22]
23. Sentenced [1:12]
24. Epilogue/End Credits [3:03]
Side #2 -- Widescreen Version
1. In the Beginning [4:33]
2. Heidi & Ivan [1:03]
3. Madame Alex [4:10]
4. Learning From Lauren [3:07]
5. The First Client [4:44]
6. The Finest of Everything [5:05]
7. Advice From Ivan [3:18]
8. Meet Michelle [3:21]
9. Taking Over [3:59]
10. Deceiving Alex [4:07]
11. The Headhunter [5:23]
12. Overshadowed [4:11]
13. Visit From the Law [3:44]
14. Dumping Ivan [4:24]
15. Heidi's New Man [3:05]
16. Plotting Against Heidi [3:00]
17. Busted [4:05]
18. Throwing a Party [2:45]
19. Dirty Little Secrets [2:25]
20. Visit From Dad [2:27]
21. Big Offer [2:16]
22. Playing With Lives [4:22]
23. Sentenced [1:12]
24. Epilogue/End Credits [3:03]

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