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The Counterfeiters (2007)

Die Fälscher (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, War | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

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Martin Brambach ...
Hauptscharführer Holst
August Zirner ...
Dr. Klinger
Veit Stübner ...
Atze
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Andreas Schmidt ...
Zilinski
Tilo Prückner ...
Hahn
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Loszek
Marian Kalus ...
Plappler
Norman Stoffregen ...
Abramovic
Bernd Raucamp ...
KZ-Insasse Dusche
Gode Benedix ...
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Oliver Kanter ...
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The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to... Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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A genius con artist put to work by the Nazis. A survivor's tale you've never seen before. See more »

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Crime | Drama | War

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Rated R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

€4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$87,514 (USA) (22 February 2008)

Gross:

$5,484,715 (USA) (22 August 2008)
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First Austrian film to win an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film Category. See more »

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When Sorowitsch is walking up the stairs at the beach, you see pigeons flying by, but their call is that of seagulls. See more »

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Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch: Only by surviving, we can defeat them.
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Down By The Riverside
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Seeing this created my own moral dilemma
30 December 2007 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

I came away with a moral dilemma of my own: though "The Counterfeiters" is excellent in places in others it is not.

The true story of Operation Bernhard and the printing of millions of pounds is a fascinating story. The direction, acting, and script are excellent. But my problem was one that for me was a real shock: I was not as moved by the film as I had hoped or wanted to be.

Dealing with the most singular piece of evil devised by man - genocide, especially in the concentration camps is never an easy subject, and perhaps the fact that it is not overplayed is a bonus - however, I came away admiring the film and its performances but left curiously unmoved by the overall tone of the piece.

Perhaps that's the point of the moral dichotomy (Make money, help the Nazis, don't make money, lose your lives but shorten the war) that is does not scream but rather affects us quietly.

Overall, definitely watchable. But misses greatness.


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