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November 1988 (USA) See more »
A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Klaus Barbie ... Himself
Marcel Ophüls ... Himself
Johannes Schneider-Merck ... German Import-Exporter, Barbie's Neighbour in Lima
Raymond Lévy ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Marcel Cruat ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Henri Varlot ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Pierre Mérindol ... Journalist from Lyon
Johann Otten ... Farmer, School Friend from Barbie's native village
Peter Minn ... Wehrmacht Major, retired, Barbie's high school friend
Claude Bourdet ... Resistance Leader
Eugene Kolb ... Lt., C.I.C. Control Officer, retired, Barbie's former Superior
Lise Lesèvre ... Member of the French Underground
Lucie Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Raymond Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Simone Lagrange ... Auschwitz Survivor
Daniel Cordier ... Jean Moulin's former Assistant
Frédéric Dugoujon ... Physician in Caluire
René Hardy ... Train Saboteur for French Underground (archive footage)
Fernand Bucchanieri ... Mayor of Solutré
Claude Bal ... Filmmaker
René Tavernier ... Poet and Resistance Fighter

Bertrand Tavernier ... Filmmaker
Karl-Heinz Müller ... Gestapo Chief, Toulouse
Harry Steingritt ... Gestapo Bodyguard, Lyon
Serge Klarsfeld ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law and Historian
Albert Rosset ... National Front Leader in Lyon
Gilbert Wolf ... Resistance Fighter
Roger Maria ... Resistance Fighter
Armand Zuchner ... French Police Officer, retired
Nicole Gompel ... Plaintiff, André Gompel's daughter
Françoise Hemmerlé ... Writer, Resident of Lyon
Léon Landin ... Freedom Fighter, F.T.P.-M.O.I.
Erhard Dabringhaus ... C.I.C. Control Officer, retired
Michel Thomas ... Language Teacher, US Counter-Intelligence Agent, retired
Daniel Cohn-Bendit ... Former Student Leader
Günter Grass ... Writer
Wolfgang Gustmann ... Veteran of the Waffen SS Office
Herr Knittel ... Spokesman for Bavarian Ministry of Justice
Karl Polke ... Former C.I.C. Informer
Robert Taylor ... Sgt., Army Counter-Intelligence, retired
Leni Taylor ... Taylor's Wife
Allan A. Ryan Jr. ... Formerly US Dept. of Justice Officer
Earl Browning ... Sgt., Army Counter-Intelligence, retired
Paul Paillole ... Col. - Former Chief of French Intelligence
Jacques Delarue ... Historian
Benjamin Shute ... Former Intelligence Director, H.I.C.O.G.
Ivo Omrcanin ... Croatian Exile
Elisabeth Holtzman ... District Attorney of Brooklyn, NY
Georges Neagoy ... Former C.I.A. Agent
Gustavo Sánchez Salazar ... Bolivian Secretary of the Interior
Gastón Velasco ... Bolivian Businessman
Mirna Murillo ... Bolivian Journalist
Peter McFarren ... Associated Press Correspondant in Bolivia
Álvaro De Castro ... Barbie's Bodyguard
Joachim Fiebelkorn ... Adventurer
José Antonio Santos-Chichizola ... Former Peruvian Judge
Albert Brun ... Agente France Presse Correspondant in Perú
Beate Klarsfeld ... Researcher of Nazi Crimes
Ita Halaunbrenner ... Witness for the Prosecution
Alexandre Halaunbrenner ... Ita Halaunbrenner's Son
Monique Halaunbrenner ... Ita Halaunbrenner's Daughter
Ladislas De Hoyos ... TV Anchorman
Guido Vildoso ... Former President of Bolivia
Werner Guttentag ... Publisher in Bolivia
Régis Debray ... Advisor to the French President
Paul Schmitt ... Prison Warden - Montluc

Jacques Vergès ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law
Jacques Derogy ... Investigative Journalist

Claude Lanzmann ... Himself
Ute Messner ... Barbie's Daughter, Librarian in Austria
Françoise Croizier ... Housewife in Santa Cruz
Roger Roucou ... Restaurant Owner
Christian Bourillot ... Restaurant Owner
Marie-Louise Vettard ... Restaurant Owner
Chantal Vettard ... Marie-Louise Vettard's Daughter in Law
Judith Miller ... New York Times Correspondant
Richard Bernstein ... New York Times Correspondant
Milton Dank ... Historian
Lluís Bassets ... El País Correspondant
Françoise Stoll ... French Student
Isabel Hilton ... The Independent Correspondant
Jean-Marie Le Pen ... Leader of the National Front
Pierre Truche ... Lyon Public Prosecutor in Barbie's trial
Alfred Streim ... Federal Prosecutor of Nazi Crimes in Germany
Sorj Chalandon ... Libération Reporter in Lyon
Julien Favet ... Farm Worker at Izieu
Roland Rappaport ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law
Sabina Zlatin ... Former Supervisor of Children's Home at Izieu
Alain Finkielkraut ... Philosopher

Alain Jakubowicz ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law
André Castelnau ... Journalist

Jeanne Moreau ... Narrator

Directed by
Marcel Ophüls 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcel Ophüls  writer

Produced by
Bernard Farrel .... associate producer
Hamilton Fish .... executive producer
John S. Friedman .... executive producer
Peter Kovler .... executive producer
Marcel Ophüls .... producer
Cinematography by
Reuben Aaronson (director of photography)
Pierre Boffety 
Daniel Chabert 
Michael J. Davis 
Paul Gonon 
Hans Haber 
Lionel Legros 
Wilhelm Rösing 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Catherine Zins 
Production Management
Bernard Farrel .... production manager
Sound Department
Michael Busch .... sound
Philippe Mouisset .... sound
Michel Trouillard .... sound editor
Anne Weil .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Durand .... assistant camera
Laurent Machuel .... assistant camera
Beatrice Mizrahi .... assistant camera
Madelyn Most .... b camera operator
Editorial Department
Brigitte Bernard .... assistant editor
Sophie Brunet .... assistant editor
Thérèse Giraud .... assistant editor
Other crew
Dieter Riefart .... assistant to director

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267 min
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Director Marcel Ophüls deliberately chose not to show any Holocaust footage as he felt that audiences had become too used to gruesome imagery of that nature.See more »
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Nazi story, 15 February 2003

I saw "Hôtel Terminus" as part of a cycle of films dealing with Second World War, its protagonists and its effects. This was the last in the series in chronological order, but the first I saw: it was the only one dealing with modern consequences of that war. The film is what some people call a "talking heads", referring to documentaries made primarily of interviews. I did not know the term and heard it for the first time in the late 1980's in the Havana Film School. Students used it in a derogatory way. But as we all know, some talking heads are good. This one is, and a very good one. I am supposing that most everybody knows that Klaus Barbie was a Nazi agent, a torturer, then an anti-Communist spy for the CIA, that he escaped from Europe with the help of the Catholic Church and that he finally dealt with gun traffic in South America. He was caught, sent to France and judged in Lyon. In four hours and a half, Marcel Ophüls (who is not a very nice subject on camera), not only reconstructs Barbie's life, but he covers so much ground that it's noteworthy how his editors were able to maintain one's attention in so many persons, facts, dates and abundant references in the testimonies. I have been told that the film worked as an alert for the resurgence of neo-Nazis and the so-called "ordinary fascism". Well, it should be seen every now and then, because it seems that as long as there are human beings there will be totalitarians, traitors and assassins, and as long as there is a group of nations that want to control the world, there will be new holocausts. We all know that because of all the Klaus Barbies we have seen in power. This one won the Oscar as Best Documentary.

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