Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

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Mr. Death outlines its subject's controversial life's work with the deeply fascinating and thought-provoking élan film fans have come to expect from director Errol Morris.

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Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris investigates the case of a man who became an authority on capital punishment, but was discredited when he got involved on the wrong side of a court case. Leutcher, a meek man whose appearance belies his grim expertise, develops what he says is a more effective electric chair. Before long he's in demand from officials who want his opinions on other kinds of execution. But when called to aid the case of an accused Holocaust denier, Leutcher's problems begin.

Cast & Crew

Fred A. Leuchter Jr.
Himself (as Fred Leuchter)
Caroline Leuchter
Herself
James Roth
Himself (analytical chemist)
Ernst Zündel
Himself
David Collins
Re-enactment cast
Daniel Polsby
Re-enactment cast
David Schisgall
Associate Producer
Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Michael Williams
Producer
John Kusiak
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

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Audience Reviews for Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

  • Jan 27, 2012
    Wow! Great early effort by Errol Morris and we can see how his effective documentary tools were developed here. Leuchter probably gets more attention that he deserves as a result but it is a shocking look at the true nut jobs that exist in the broader world.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2009
    Interesting study of Fred Leuchter's underwhelming career, poor judgement and antisemitic reasoning.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2008
    What a bizzare little man.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2008
    Amazing look at an outsider, and the choices he makes to be accepted, no matter by whom. Disturbing and sad, this is a truly great film about lonliness and what it drives people to do.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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