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Dr. M

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Dr. M
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German Theatrical Poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Release Date 1990
Language English
Studio NEF Filmproduktion
Ellepi Films
Clea Productions
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Heinrich Marsfeldt Alan Bates
Sonja Vogler Jennifer Beals
Lt. Klaus Hartmann Jan Niklas
Moser Hanns Zischler
Sgt. Stieglitz Benoit Regent
Capt. Engler Alexander Radszun
Commissioner Kessler Wolfgang Preiss
Penck William Berger


Dr. M is a 1990 (filmed 1989) German-French-Italian thriller directed by Claude Chabrol. The film is a remake of Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse The Gambler. Berlin is plagued by mass suicides on both sides of the Berlin Wall. West Berlin police detective Klaus Hartmann (Jan Niklas) discovers that all the victims were obsessed with Sonja Vogler (Jennifer Beals) who appears on video billboards around the city as a spokesperson for the Club Theratos holiday tours. The following investigation leads Hartmann and the East German secret service agent Moser (Hanns Zischler) to media magnate Dr. Heinrich Marsfeldt (Alan Bates).


The following weapons were used in the film Dr. M:
SPOILERS.jpg WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!



Bruni Olympic 5

A Berliner plans to commit suicide with a Bruni Olympic 5 revolver. The revolver has black plastic grips, rarely seen on Olympic 5. This blank firing gun is shown as a live weapon.

Bruni Olympic 5 with black finish - .380 blanks
The rimless cartriges with supposedly plastic bullets radically differs from .380 PAK, used for the Olympic 5. Possibly they are not really loaded into the screen gun.
The man takes the revolver from the table.
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The man loads the revolver. The cylinder allows to differ Olympic 5 from .22 caliber Olympic 6.
The man holds the revolver at his head.
He puts the gun away.

Beretta Cheetah

Moser (Hanns Zischler), an East German secret service agent, gives a Beretta Cheetah pistol to West Berlin police Lt. Claus Hartman (Jan Niklas). The exact version of the Beretta 80 series is unclear. Beretta 84 is a possible guess as this model is often seen in late 1980s films.

For reference: Beretta 84 (earlier version with round trigger guard) - .380 ACP
Hartman who just arrives on the airplane and thus is unarmed takes the pistol from dying Moser. Note: Moser doesn't hold the pistol in any scene, he only carries it in his internal pocket.
Hartman breaks into the TV studio.
Another view of Hartman's gun.
Hartman aims the pistol, ordering to stop the broadcast.
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Hartman fires at Capt. Engler.

Walther PPK

TV host Veidt (Peter Fitz) commits suicide with a Walther PPK.

Walther PPK - .32 ACP
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Veidt draws the pistol and shoots himself.

Röhm RG300

A street circus performer uses a nickel-plated Röhm RG300 to commit suicide.

Röhm RG300 - 6mm Flobert blank
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The street circus performer puts the gun into his mouth.

Unidentified pistols

In the climactic scene in the TV studio police Capt. Engler (Alexander Radszun) is armed with a pistol that is seen briefly and unclear.

Engler aims at Hartman and Sonja.
Engler holds the pistol.
The pistol is seen partially and unclear during the grapple between Engler and Hartman.
The pistol is seen much better on a promotional image.


In the scene when Claus Hartman (Jan Niklas) saves Sonja Vogler (Jennifer Beals), attacked by the assassin (Andrew McCarthy), he holds a pistol. In the movie itself the gun is not seen, only the muzzle flash is visible, but a promotional image shows Hartman with the pistol in hands.

Hartman aims at the assassin, strangling Sonja.

See Also

Dr. Mabuse
Starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge Dr. Mabuse The Gambler (1922)  •  The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Starring Wolfgang Preiss The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)  •  The Return of Doctor Mabuse (1961)  •  The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1962)  •  The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1962)  •  Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard (1963)  •  The Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse (1964)
Starring Jerry Lacy Doctor Mabuse (2013)  •  Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar (2014)  •  The Thousand and One Lives of Doctor Mabuse (2020)
Others The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse (1972)  •  Dr. M (1990)

Note: Fritz Lang's films are highlighted in bold.


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