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The Aryan Couple (2004)

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A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Krauzenberg
Rachel Krauzenberg
Hans Vassman
Ingrid Vassman
Nolan Hemmings ...
Austen Palmer ...
Kurt Becher
Second Sentry
(as Arkardiy Golubovich)
Adjutant (as Adrian O'Donnell)


In 1944, in Hungary, the wealthy Jewish industrialist Joseph Krauzenberg is forced by the Reichführer Heinrich Himmler to deliver his 3,000 employee factory; his palace with his collection of antiques and arts; a large amount in gold; and his house to the Reich. In return, the Nazis would send his big family that is arrested in Gestapo safe and sound to the neutral Switzerland and then to Palestine. Himmler schedules a dinner with Krauzenberg and his wife Rachel Krauzenberg to sign the contract and orders the butcher Eichmann to not do harm to the imprisoned Jews relatives of Krauzenberg. Himmer also send the SS Edelhein to check the security of the palace and the two German house servants of Krauzenberg, Hans Vassman and his beautiful pregnant wife Ingrid Vassman. Hans and Ingrid are actually the Jews David and Leila Steinberg and members of the resistance. When the Krauzenberg couple concludes the negotiation with Himmler, Ingrid discloses to the couple that Hans and she are Jews. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

13 October 2006 (UK)  »

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The Couple  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The luftwaffe plane that lands is not a German plane. It is a American Dakota DC3 used by the Allies in WW2. How could they think that no one would notice such a mistake? See more »


The "Rheinau" station name plate is not a Swiss design. Swiss stations traditionally used white-on-blue signs. See more »


Himmler: Sign, and you're safe.
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Daly Directs a gem
5 December 2004 | by (Los angeles) – See all my reviews

John Daly second film as a director is a gem , outstanding performances by a talented cast led by Martin Landau & a sharp tongued Judy Parafit the story has interesting sub plots that leave the audience twisting and turning to the final conclusion . Beautifully shot on location in Poland ,the sets are lush and the cinema photography is rich with color and texture. Daly has gone on to break new ground yet again , his courage and foresight are well documented and his attempt to break new ground yet again is impressive . I highly recommend this film based on real events of the Europa project during WWII in which a rich Jewish industrialist played by Landau seeks a way out of Nazi infested Hungary by trading his fortune for freedom of his entire family and a plane to Palistine . This thriller was compared to the work of Hithcock and Polanski in a recent NY review. Congrats to John Daly who has broken the boundaries yet again.

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