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

Mr. Death: the Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Documentary, Biopic
Keywords bio
Status Released
US Release Date
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Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Peter Donohue Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
John Sloss Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Robert Richardson Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000002
Karen Schmeer Editor n/a 172 7000001
Steve Bores Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Ted Bafaloukos Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Caleb Sampson Music n/a 120781 8000001
Errol Morris Producer n/a 3 3000004
Dorothy Aufiero Producer n/a 3 3000003
Shelly Shapiro Actor Herself 1 1000005
James Roth Actor Himself 1 1000004
David Irving Actor Himself 1 1000003
Robert Jan Van Pelt Actor Himself 1 1000002
Suzanne Tabasky Actor Herself 1 1000006
Ernst Zundel Actor Himself 1 1000007
Michael Williams Producer n/a 3 3000002
David Collins Producer n/a 3 3000001
Errol Morris Director n/a 2 2000001
Fred A Leuchter Jr. Actor Himself 1 1000001
Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., an engineer from Massachusettes decided to become the "Florence Nightengale of Death Row"--a humanitarian, a humanist, whose mission was to design and repair gas chambers, electric chairs, lethal injection systems and gallows. He became renowned in his field and was eventually employed as an expert, albeit self-taught, by the various states where capitol punishment was upheld. In 1988, Ernst Zundel, a neo-Nazi who published such tracts as "Did Six Million Really Die?" and "The Hitler We Loved and Why," commissioned Lechter to conduct a forensic investigation into the use of poison gas in WWII Nazi concentration camps. Lechter traveled to Auschwitz and illegally took brick and mortar samples for analysis, and later "proved" that the Holocaust never happened. Leuchter fully expected his involvement with Ernst Zundel to be the crowning achievement of his career, but instead it ruined him.