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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. -- A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

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14 January 2000 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Fred A. Leuchter Jr. ... Himself (as Fred Leuchter)
Robert Jan Van Pelt ... Himself
David Irving ... Himself
Caroline Leuchter ... Herself (voice)
James Roth ... Himself - Analytical Chemist
Shelly Shapiro ... Herself
Suzanne Tabasky ... Herself
Ernst Zündel ... Himself
David Collins ... Re-enactment cast
Daniel Polsby ... Re-enactment cast
Jeff Brown ... Re-enactment cast
Robert Duerr ... Re-enactment cast
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Leaves Plane (archive footage) (uncredited)

Errol Morris ... Himself - Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Errol Morris 
 
Produced by
Dorothy Aufiero .... producer
David Collins .... producer
Errol Morris .... producer
David Schisgall .... associate producer: Tennessee/Malden
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Kathy Trustman .... producer: Tennessee/Malden
Michael Williams .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Caleb Sampson 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Donahue 
 
Film Editing by
Karen Schmeer 
 
Production Design by
Ted Bafaloukos 
 
Art Direction by
Steven McNulty 
 
Production Management
Katarzyna Fukacz-Cebula .... production manager: Poland (as Katarzyna Fukacz)
Mark Hankey .... unit production manager: Tennessee/Malden
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marek Cydorowicz .... assistant director: Poland
David Vos .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Artur Bartos .... props: Poland
Inka Bodyl .... props: Poland
Michael Cataldo .... prop master
Jay Heyman .... props assistant
Alasdair McLellan .... art department assistant
Kenji Messenger .... carpenter
Heidi Pribell .... shopper
Adie Russell .... graphic artist
Peter Ryan .... art department assistant
Lisa Sawlit .... graphic artist
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Bores .... sound mixer (as Steve Bores)
Stephen Bores .... sound: Tennessee/Malden (as Steve Bores)
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Andrew Bracken .... sound effects recordist (as Drew Bracken)
Fred Burnham .... additional sound
Mario Cardenas .... additional sound (as Mario Cardenes)
Maria Chilarecka .... sound mixer: Poland
Eric A. Christoffersen .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Patrick Dundas .... sound effects editor
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Morroni)
Bob Olari .... sound recordist
Pam Yates .... sound: Tennessee/Malden
 
Visual Effects by
Philip Azenzer .... video effects (as Phil Azenzer)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Karine Albano .... electrician (as Karin Albano)
Martin Albert .... key grip
Nubar Alexanian .... still photographer
Ron Bennett .... generator operator
Carlos Bermudez .... best boy electric
Carlos Bermudez .... best boy: Tennessee/Malden
Sergiusz Bogucki .... best boy electric: Poland
Jan Burgess .... additional camera loader
Dave Cambria .... videographer (as David Cambria)
Phil Darrell .... gaffer: Tennessee/Malden (as Phillip Darrell)
Melissa R. Donovan .... assistant camera: Tennessee/Malden (as Melissa Donovan)
Thomas Doran .... key grip: Tennessee/Malden (as Tom Doran)
Michael Guerra .... gaffer
Piotr Hermanowski .... electrician: Poland
Jeffrey Iwanicki .... video assist operator
Artur Kapala .... video assist operator: Poland
John R. Kaplan .... grip: Tennessee/Malden (as John Kaplan)
Tom Keenan .... electrician (as Thomas Keenan)
Patrick Kelly .... second assistant camera
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer: Tennessee/Malden
Len Levine .... gaffer: Poland
Edward Makówka .... additional second assistant camera: Poland
David Puopolo .... generator operator
Robert Ragozzine .... first assistant camera (as Robert Ragazzine)
Henryk Redosz .... key grip: Poland
Robert Richardson .... additional photographer
Dave Rudolph .... grip (as David Rudolph)
Daisy Smith .... second assistant camera: Poland
James Smith .... camera loader
Marek Socha .... electrician: Poland
Peter Sova .... photographer: Leuchter interview
Ryszard Switalski .... electrician: Poland
Roman Taborski .... electrician: Poland
Robert Tompkins .... best boy grip
Mark Tye .... electrician: Tennessee/Malden (as Mark A. Tye)
Waldemar Walczynski .... best boy grip: Poland
Henryk Wingert .... generator operator: Poland
Eric Zimmerman .... first assistant camera: Poland
Zach Lazar .... generator operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Generalli .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Anshul Amar .... contributing editor
Schuyler Cayton .... assistant editor
Don Ciana .... color timer
Brad Fuller .... consulting editor
Jane Gray .... assistant editor
Paula Heredia .... consulting editor
Molly O'Brien .... contributing editor
Ann Petrone .... assistant editor
Joe Violante .... laboratory advisor
Charles Herzfeld .... film lab coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Huck Bennert .... music recording engineer
Donald Berman .... musician: piano on "Sublime"
Greg Devore .... music recording supervisor
Terry Donahue .... musician: accordion and percussion
Hawthorne Quartet .... musician: strings
John Kusiak .... composer: additional music
John Kusiak .... music producer
John Kusiak .... musician: synthesizer
Billy Novick .... musician: clarinet
Caleb Sampson .... musician: synthesizer
Ken Winokur .... musician: percussion
 
Other crew
Brian Albushies .... accountant
Eric Asch .... intern (as Erich Asch)
James Barnes .... craft service
Craig Bernheart .... production assistant
Mark Boulos .... assistant: Errol Morris
Paul Brennan .... production consultant
Jeff Brown .... production assistant
Schuyler Cayton .... production assistant
Clint Collins .... location manager
Karen Corsica .... assistant to producers
Jeremy Dawson .... title designer
Lynn DeLacy .... intern
Peter J. Dowd Jr. .... intern (as Peter Dowd)
Luke Fischbeck .... intern
Sam Folk-Williams .... intern
Dina Hazan .... intern
Stacie Heintze .... script supervisor
Jennifer Kelly .... production assistant
Jeremy Kleiner .... intern
Linda Klicker .... intern
Steven Lamola .... researcher
Wieslaw Lysakowski .... location manager: Poland
Atim Macauley .... intern
Agnieska Nejman .... production assistant: Poland
Malve O'Meara .... production coordinator (as Maeve O'Meara)
Myles Paige .... intern
Ann Petrone .... production coordinator
Daniel Polsby .... assistant: Errol Morris
Matt Pursley .... digital film scanning and recording
Nicholas Ravich .... researcher
Nicholas M. Robbins .... production assistant (as Nicholas Robbins)
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist
Mary Ryan .... production coordinator: Tennessee/Malden
Ariel Enriquez Saulog .... digital film scanning and recording (as Ariel E. Saulog)
Dan Schrecker .... title designer
Isaac Silverglate .... intern
Derek Skaletsky .... production assistant
John Sloss .... production consultant
Marielle Smith .... intern
Wojtek Smolen .... representative: Ausschwitz museum, Poland
Dia Sokol Savage .... intern (as Dia Sokol)
Anne Hawley Stevens .... intern
Justyna Stolarz .... interpreter: Poland
Robert Jan Van Pelt .... consultant: Auschwitz
James White .... digital film scanning and recording
Kellyanne Willis .... intern
Kristina Wood .... researcher
Darren Yesser .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Mr. Death" - USA (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements
Runtime:
91 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
All of the states which bought one of Leuchter's lethal injection machines have subsequently stopped using them because they were too difficult to operate and maintain.See more »
Quotes:
Fred A. Leuchter Jr.:The human body is not easy to destroy and it's not east to take a life humanely and painlessly without doing a great deal of damage to the individual's body.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Triumph of the Will (1935)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Reluctant revisionist, 21 February 2000
Author: lou-50 from Houston, Texas

In Errol Morris's film, "Mr. Death", Fred Leuchter Jr. comes across as a passionless, mechanical robot, fitting the engineering profession that he devoted his life to. Leuchter, the innovator of many death penalty devices and subsequently the only scientist willing to testify favorably in a celebrated Canadian trial that questioned the existence of the Holocaust, is either a hero to some or a villain to many. Morris, except for a Frankenstein-inspired opening and closing set in the film, prefers to let Leuchter be Leuchter rather than adding more contempt to a decidedly pitiful figure. The one time Morris does appear to interfere is when he asked Leuchter point blank if he could have been mistaken in any of his analysis. There are also camera tricks which render what Leuchter did as malicious, such as the split screen between what was Auschwitz and now, the slow-motion as Leuchter is chipping away at sites many Jews consider holy ground, and the phasing in and out of color and black and white film as we see Leuchter demonstrate his electric chair. The motivation behind what he did lies at the heart of "Mr. Death". He aspired to perfect the most humane killing machine because he said he believed in capital punishment, not capital torture. He cared that prison guards who knew the death-row inmates well would not have to suffer cleaning up the morbid residuals of those electrocuted. Yet he tried to carry this same mind-set in understanding the gas chambers at Auschwitz. In his mechanical mind, he asked how he could have done a better job of extermination. "Mr. Death" is an unpleasant but needed lesson about the mosaic people who live and work with each of us everyday - a people who seem anti-social yet amoral and who seem to be guided by that inner light that we can barely know or understand.

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