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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 ...
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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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It takes a clever man to make money, it takes a genius to stay alive 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)

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$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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Only prisoners admitted to the Auschwitz concentration camp complex had tattoos placed on their left forearms, but this story doesn't take place there and no other camps employed tattooing. Increasingly, movies, paintings, and other media have used the tattooed arm as a "symbol" of the camps or even the Holocaust itself - despite the historical error. There were two series: A ( up until 20,000 - July 30, 1944), and the B series - starting shortly thereafter. Those selected for the gas chambers after arriving were not included. These numbers were meant to be used as an identification marker at the time of death of the prisoner. See more »

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Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch: Ich bin ich. Die anderen sind die anderen.
[I'm myself. Everyone else is everyone else]
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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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Idealism and Survival
4 April 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1936, the greatest forger in Germany, the Jewish Russian Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), is arrested by the agent Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow) and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp. Years later, he is transferred to Sachsenhausen concentration camp to work with a group of professionals counterfeiting sterling pounds under the command of Herzog in the Operation Bernhard. When the group is ordered to produce American dollars, the idealistic Adolf Burger (August Diehl) sabotages the work of Sally and his team.

"Die Fälscher" is based on a true story of a group of Jews that are forced to counterfeit currency to destabilize the economy of England and North America in World War II. The realistic plot discloses a fight between the idealism of Burger and the intention of surviving the war of the group of Jews led by Sally in excellent performances. The result is another great and powerful German film that leaves an open question: what could you do or how far would you go to survive? My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Falsários" ("The Forgers")


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