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Invincible (2001)

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A Jewish strongman performs in Berlin as the blond Aryan hero Siegfried.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herschel Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
Zishe Breitbart
Anna Gourari ...
Marta Farra
Master of Ceremonies
Jacob Wein ...
Benjamin Breitbart
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ...
Alfred Landwehr (as Gustav Peter Woehler)
Herbert Golder ...
Rabbi Edelmann
Gary Bart ...
Yitzak Breitbart
Renate Krößner ...
Mother Breitbart
Ben-Tzion Hershberg ...
Rebecca Wein ...
Raphael Wein ...
Daniel Wein ...
Chana Wein ...


The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish blacksmith's son from Poland who becomes a sensation in Weimar, Berlin as a mythical strongman. His employer Hanussen dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Yet as Hitler's hold on power grows more sure, and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Zishe must decide how he will use his strength. Plagued by nightmares, he takes counsel from a local rabbi. He becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger they face. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »


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17 January 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Invencible  »

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$14,293 (USA) (20 September 2002)


$80,636 (USA) (18 October 2002)

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The voice of the heckler in the audience heard right before Zishe dead lifts 900 pounds, belongs to Werner Herzog. See more »


The film is set in 1932, prior to the Nazis coming to power in Germany, yet most of the S.S. and S.A. uniforms show insignia which the Nazis did not use until after Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. See more »


Zishe Breitbart: [after outlifting and defeating a circus strongman in hand-to-hand] I can do more! I can do more!
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Follows Hanussen (1955) See more »


Ohne Trost, ohne alles Hoffen
from the opera "Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare)"
Music by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Händel)
Sung by Emmi Leisner
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A Very Interesting Film Despite A Rather Serious Flaw
9 December 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A film broadcast at 2am on channel 4 and starring Tim Roth ! I remember the last movie broadcast on channel 4 with Tim Roth in the credits which was THE WAR ZONE , one of the few movies I've regretted watching due to the depressing content and since INVINCIBLE centres around the birth of Nazism I wasn't expecting too many uplifting moments but I certainly recommend Werner Herzog's strange and interesting drama based on a true story

!!!! SPOILERS !!!!

In a Polish town the circus arrives and blacksmith's son Zishe Brietbart beats the strongman in a competition and impressed with Zishe's physical strength a theater agent signs him up where he performs at Berlin's Cabaret Of The Occult which is owned by Danish nobleman Hanussen . Since it's 1932 the Nazis are on the rise so Hanussen reinvents Zishe as " Siegfried " and shows his predominantly Nazi audience the physical strength of this Ayran . Hanussen shows this as proof of Ayran superiority while at the same time impressing his audience with his own occult powers . However despite his own naked opportunist agenda Hanussen has a secret of his own that he doesn't want known to his audience ...

Some people may claim how ridiculously ironic it is having a Jew pretending to be an Ayran strongman in order to put forward a racist agenda but this I feel is the whole point of the story which one has a feeling has been turned into a fable rather than a story that has stuck to rigid facts . Certainly the most bitter irony about the rise of Nazism is that one of the architects of Nazi philosophy Alfred Rosenberg had a Jewish name while Hitler , Heydrich and Eichmann were of Jewish descent themselves ( Though technically not Jews - According to tradition if your mother wasn't a Jew neither are you ) so people with an irony deficency will have a problem understanding this beautiful and intelligent film

And I don't apologise for thinking this is a beautiful and intelligent film , it might not have the reputation of Herzog's other films like the painfully overrated FITZCARRALDO but it's one I can certainly recommend for a mainstream audience . However there is one serious flaw that stands out and that is the casting of Jouko Ahola as Zishe . You do get the gut instinct that Herzog wanted to cast a certain Austrian body builder turned politician in the lead role and it's impossible to watch Ahola without being reminded of Big Arnie except Ahola is an even more wooden actor and his lack of thespian skills is made even more obvious when he's playing opposite Tim Roth is one of his most impressive roles which slightly damages the movie

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