. is a 1990 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol
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. The film is a remake of 1922's Fritz Lang
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's Dr. Mabuse the Gambler
, which was in turn based on Mabuse der Spieler
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by Norbert Jacques
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In the near future, a deadly epidemic is infecting people throughout West Berlin
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, leading to people taking their own lives
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to avoid catching it. All the media reports seem like unusual propaganda
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. No one knows what to do or how to help, except for one police officer
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who suspects that the suicides are really caused by a lone madman
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. His investigations lead him to a beautiful, enigmatic woman and the revelation of a sinister plot to manipulate the population through mass hypnosis
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| Alan Bates
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| Dr. Marsfeldt / Guru]]
| Jennifer Beals
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| Sonja Vogler
| Jan Niklas
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| Lt. Claus Hartman
| Isolde Barth
|| Mrs. Sehr
| Andrew McCarthy
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| Hanns Zischler
| Benoît Régent
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| Alexander Radszun
| Jean Benguigui
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Steve Simels of Entertainment Weekly
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gave the film a C-:
Jackson Adler of TV Guide
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gave the film 3 out of 4 stars:
The film was released in the United States as Club Extinction
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