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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Brambach ...
Hauptscharführer Holst
August Zirner ...
Dr. Klinger
Veit Stübner ...
Andreas Schmidt ...
Tilo Prückner ...
Marian Kalus ...
Norman Stoffregen ...
Bernd Raucamp ...
KZ-Insasse Dusche
Gode Benedix ...
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Oliver Kanter ...
2. KZ-Insasse


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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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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18 April 2008 (USA)  »

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€4,200,000 (estimated)

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


$5,484,715 (USA) (22 August 2008)

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Austria's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »


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


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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A Brand New Classic
14 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't go to the cinema much these days. Even sitting through the previews before I saw this I was beyond bored, even though Meryl Streep was in two of them, even she's in boring rubbish these days.

But, 'The Counterfeiters' is classy stuff. The Austrians (as well as The Germans) are excellent at making period films (masters at detail) & when they handle the subject of The Holocaust, the few things I've seen, have been superb.

Everyone's good in this. The lead is hypnotic.

If the subject of The Holocaust interests you, don't hesitate seeing this. It's a very good film indeed. It's nice to see something brand new that you can confidently call a classic.

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