The Nine Lives of Marion Barry PDF Print E-mail

Directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer



Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor of the nation's capital, the one who famously uttered the phrase "bitch set me up" during his arrest in a 1990 FBI sting operation. He's the poster boy for corruption, a pariah. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero. Hailed as a civil rights champion and defender of the poor, his soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility.

From the cotton fields to the corridors of power, Barry has weathered drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, 4 marriages, jail time and international humiliation to dominate Washington D.C. city politics for over 40 years. Today, to the disgust of some and the delight of others, Barry is once again in the political limelight. Who is Marion Barry, really? A hero? A scoundrel? Why is he such a polarizing force? And why do people still vote for him? For the first time, "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry" reveals the complete unforgettable story.

In association with HBO