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Based on the real life of Dr. Marcel Petiot: During world war II Petiot, an MD living in occupied Paris, promised to help wealthy Jewish people among his patients to flee occupied France ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Docteur Petiot
Pierre Romans Pierre Romans ... Drezner
Bérangère Bonvoisin Bérangère Bonvoisin ... Georgette Petiot
Zbigniew Horoks Zbigniew Horoks ... Nathan Guzik
Aurore Prieto Aurore Prieto ... Madame Guzik
Nita Klein Nita Klein ... Madame Kern
Claude Degliame Claude Degliame
Martine Montgermont Martine Montgermont ... Cécile Drezner
Nini Crépon Nini Crépon ... Collard
André Julien André Julien ... Forestier
André Chaumeau André Chaumeau ... Célestin Nivelon
Axel Bogousslavsky Axel Bogousslavsky ... Louis Rossignol
Maxime Collion Maxime Collion ... Gérard Petiot
Nadège Boscher Nadège Boscher ... Alice
Jean Dautremay Jean Dautremay ... Gourlin
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Based on the real life of Dr. Marcel Petiot: During world war II Petiot, an MD living in occupied Paris, promised to help wealthy Jewish people among his patients to flee occupied France for Spain. Instead, he drugged them and burnt their bodies in his home, while stealing their valuables. After the Liberation of France, he was condemned to death. Written by Anonymous

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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 September 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor Petiot See more »

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Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Just after Petiot was strapped to the bascule of the guillotine in the Sante Prison on May 25, 1946, Petiot smiled at the witnesses and said "gentlemen, I ask you not to look. This will not be very pretty!" Seconds later, the heavy mouton and blade of the guillotine thundered down, instantly decapitating Petiot. Witnesses later said that Petiot was smiling when his scheming head was sliced off. See more »

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Hugely entertaining account of a French mass murderer
25 January 1999 | by POB-2See all my reviews

From the opening sequence in a cinema when Dr Petiot (the extraordinary Michel Serrault) seethes with indignation at the puny evil portrayed by a Nosferatu-like character on-screen and then enters the action (a la Purple Rose of Cairo), you know this is an unusual movie experience. The story is strongly based on the real Petiot, a deranged but extremely clever, even witty, physician who preyed on desperate people fleeing the Holocaust and enriched himself in the process, then escaped arrest and built a new career as a French army doctor. When, finally, the real Petiot was brought to trial, he became an instant celebrity and the event a true cause celebre. This movie was something of a labour of love for Serrault and at a time when Roberto Benigni's La Vita e Bella is causing a sensation, this sleeper should become far better known.


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