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Hôtel Terminus (1988)

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.


Marcel Ophüls


Marcel Ophüls
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johannes Schneider-Merck Johannes Schneider-Merck ... German Import-Exporter, Barbie's Neighbour in Lima
Raymond Lévy Raymond Lévy ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Marcel Cruat Marcel Cruat ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Henri Varlot Henri Varlot ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Pierre Mérindol Pierre Mérindol ... Journalist from Lyon
Johann Otten Johann Otten ... Farmer, School Friend from Barbie's native village
Peter Minn Peter Minn ... Wehrmacht Major, retired, Barbie's high school friend
Claude Bourdet Claude Bourdet ... Resistance Leader
Eugene Kolb Eugene Kolb ... Lt., C.I.C. Control Officer, retired, Barbie's former Superior
Lise Lesèvre Lise Lesèvre ... Member of the French Underground
Lucie Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Raymond Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Simone Lagrange Simone Lagrange ... Auschwitz Survivor
Daniel Cordier Daniel Cordier ... Jean Moulin's former Assistant
Frédéric Dugoujon Frédéric Dugoujon ... Physician in Caluire


This full-length documentary deals with the life, career and trial of Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie, known as the Butcher of Lyons. Virtually all aspects of his life are covered. His childhood and schooling in Germany; his early military career; his role in the head of intelligence in Lyons; his post-war employment by the US military; his life in Bolivia; his return to Europe; his trial and conviction. Interviewed are friends, enemies, associates, heroes and traitors. Written by garykmcd

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I was impressed
3 March 2000 | by davidaschoemSee all my reviews

Although this movie is quite disturbing at times, due to its subject matter, I would go as far as saying I enjoyed watching it. It has left me quite shaken up and I know I will be thinking about this film for a long time. As a lover of languages, I appreciated the jumping back and forth between French, German, and English. Overall, it is very well done. For such a serious topic, it is done with appropriate humor and pauses for reflection. It's intense, but not unbearably so. Because it made me want to learn more, to do research even, I have given Hotel Terminus a 10.

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November 1988 (USA) See more »

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Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie See more »


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