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The Counterfeiters (2007)

Die Fälscher (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, War | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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 ...
1. KZ-Insasse
Oliver Kanter ...
2. KZ-Insasse
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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) (24 February 2008)

Gross:

$5,484,715 (USA) (22 August 2008)
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Austria's The Counterfeiters (2007) was the winner in the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. The film was much criticized as conventional and artistically inferior to Cristian Mungiu's acclaimed Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), which wasn't even nominated. This spectacular snub resulted in intense scrutiny by the international press and ridicule of the Academy Awards by the film community. Eventually this inspired reforms to the 'Best Foreign Language Film' selection process. See more »

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When Solly and Burger are arguing in their sleeping quarters, Burger pulls down a bunk bed. In the next shot the bed is standing up. See more »

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Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch: Only by surviving, we can defeat them.
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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Down By The Riverside
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23 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie in London last night. There were 5 people in the audience (including myself). What a shame because this was a solid piece of film-making. If you haven't seen The Counterfeiters, go see it. Here's why.

The acting is outstanding all the way through. You will learn more about counterfeiting efforts by the Nazis to undermine the British and Americans. This movie has numerous layers to it, and avoids the typical clichés that all Germans acted one way, and all Jews acted another way. You learn the subtle ways that control over other people is used to manipulate them. Do you put aside your beliefs in order to survive? If so, are you being true to those beliefs? Is it better to be a dead, morally right person or a live, less moral one? These are central themes. Finally, does how we make our wealth matter? These aren't ideas unique to cinema, but the way the movie presents them is.


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