Heidi Fleiss (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), the daughter of a prominent Los Angeles doctor, becomes a prostitute for well-known Los Angeles madam Alex (Brenda Fricker). She soon takes over her boss' operation and begins raking in $300,000 a month by hiring only the most beautiful and high-class prostitutes and catering to wealthy Hollywood types, Europeans, Arab sheiks, and American corporate executives. Her operation is broken up by Los Angeles police in 1993 and she is eventually sent to prison for income tax evasion.
The original title for the movie was "Going Down: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss". Filmed on location in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, many scenes were filmed at Calgary's "Bow River Correctional Centre", a minimum security institution which had been closed and empty for some time before filming and has since been renovated and re-opened as the "Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatric Centre".
The film was released on Region 1 DVD on May 17, 2005 by 20th Century Fox. It is formatted for closed-caption and subtitled widescreen.