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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

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Errol Morris

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred A. Leuchter Jr. ... Himself (as Fred Leuchter)
Robert Jan Van Pelt Robert Jan Van Pelt ... Himself
David Irving ... Himself
Caroline Leuchter Caroline Leuchter ... Herself (voice)
James Roth James Roth ... Himself - Analytical Chemist
Shelly Shapiro Shelly Shapiro ... Herself
Suzanne Tabasky Suzanne Tabasky ... Herself
Ernst Zündel ... Himself
David Collins ... Re-enactment cast
Daniel Polsby Daniel Polsby ... Re-enactment cast
Jeff Brown Jeff Brown ... Re-enactment cast
Robert Duerr Robert Duerr ... Re-enactment cast
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Storyline

Documentary about Fred Leuchter, an engineer who became an expert on execution devices and was later hired by revisionist historian Ernst Zundel to "prove" that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. Leuchter published a controversial report confirming Zundel's position, which ultimately ruined his own career. Most of the footage is of Leuchter, puttering around execution facilities or chipping away at the walls of Auschwitz, but Morris also interviews various historians, associates, and neighbors. Written by ccampbell

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,125, 2 January 2000

Gross USA:

$495,318
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000), Morris made a rough cut that he showed to colleagues and friends that only had Leuchter interviewed and it was Morris' intention that the audience would understand he was saying things either as lies or flat-out wrong. He was advised to go to Auschwitz and dig deeper so that there would be no doubt for the audience that Leuchter was wrong. See more »

Quotes

Fred A. Leuchter Jr.: The human body is not easy to destroy and it's not easy to take a life humanely and painlessly without doing a great deal of damage to the individual's body.
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A Lesson In Political Correctness!
5 July 2000 | by hargrove-2See all my reviews

Errol Morris' Documentary about Fred Leuchter, an engineer who designed execution devices and applied his "expertise" on behalf of the defense for Enst Zündel, who was charged in Canada for disseminating materials that challenged the holocaust, is hair raising as a revelation of the illusion of freedom.

Leuchter was fully acceptable in society until he got the "wrong" idea, namely, that the popular belief about the holocaust is untrue. According to Leuchter's "findings," the method of killing described could not have occurred in the locations that he examined.

It was astonishing to see how effectively this man was isolated, and impoverished, but more shocking was the acceptance of it by the on lookers.

In a free society, the worse that would have happened to Leuchter would have been that he would have continued as a competent designer of execution devices, while being disbelieved respecting his theory about the holocaust.


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