Dr. M (film)

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Dr. M
Dr. M film.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Hans Brockmann
François Duplat
Christoph Holch
Screenplay by Claude Chabrol
Sollace Mitchell
Story by Thomas Bauermeister
Based on Mabuse der Spieler
by Norbert Jacques
Starring Alan Bates
Jennifer Beals
Jan Niklas
Music by Mekong Delta
Paul Hindemith
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Monique Fardoulis
N.E.F. Filmproduktion und Vertriebs
Ellepi Films
Italian International Film
Cléa Productions
Telefilm Saar GmbH
La Sept
Release date
  • 24 May 1990 (1990-05-24)
Running time
111 minutes
Country West Germany
Language English

Dr. M. is a 1990 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol. The film is a remake of 1922's Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, which was in turn based on Mabuse der Spieler by Norbert Jacques.[1]


In the near future, a deadly epidemic is infecting people throughout West Berlin, leading to people taking their own lives to avoid catching it. All the media reports seem like unusual propaganda. No one knows what to do or how to help, except for one police officer who suspects that the suicides are really caused by a lone madman. His investigations lead him to a beautiful, enigmatic woman and the revelation of a sinister plot to manipulate the population through mass hypnosis.


Actor Role
Alan Bates Dr. Marsfeldt / Guru
Jennifer Beals Sonja Vogler
Jan Niklas Lt. Claus Hartman
Andrew McCarthy Assassin
Hanns Zischler Moser
Benoît Régent Stieglitz
Alexander Radszun Engler
Daniela Poggi Kathi
William Berger Penck
Michael Degen Reimar von Geldern
Wolfgang Preiss Kessler
Jean Benguigui Rolf
Isolde Barth Mrs. Sehr
Béatrice Macola Anna

Critical reception[edit]

Steve Simels of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C-:

Jackson Adler of TV Guide gave the film 3 out of 4 stars:


Home media[edit]

The film was released in the United States as Club Extinction on VHS.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Claude Chabrol (2011-08-04). "Docteur M. - Cast, Reviews, Summary, and Awards". AllRovi. Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ Steve Simels (1991-04-05). "Club Extinction Review". EW. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Club Extinction Review". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Club Extinction VHS". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 

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