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Invincible (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 17 January 2002 (Germany)
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A Jewish strongman performs in Berlin as the blond Aryan hero Siegfried.

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Werner Herzog

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Herschel Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
Jouko Ahola ... Zishe Breitbart
Anna Gourari Anna Gourari ... Marta Farra
Max Raabe ... Master of Ceremonies
Jacob Wein Jacob Wein ... Benjamin Breitbart
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Alfred Landwehr (as Gustav Peter Woehler)
Udo Kier ... Count Helldorf
Herbert Golder Herbert Golder ... Rabbi Edelmann
Gary Bart Gary Bart ... Yitzak Breitbart
Renate Krößner ... Mother Breitbart
Ben-Tzion Hershberg Ben-Tzion Hershberg ... Gershon
Rebecca Wein Rebecca Wein ... Rebecca
Raphael Wein Raphael Wein ... Raphael
Daniel Wein Daniel Wein ... Daniel
Chana Wein Chana Wein ... Chana
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Storyline

The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish blacksmith's son from Poland who becomes a sensation in Weimar, Berlin as a mythical strongman. His employer Hanussen dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Yet as Hitler's hold on power grows more sure, and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Zishe must decide how he will use his strength. Plagued by nightmares, he takes counsel from a local rabbi. He becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger they face. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Germany | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Invencible See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,293, 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,636, 20 October 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of the heckler in the audience heard right before Zishe dead lifts 900 pounds, belongs to Werner Herzog. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1932, prior to the Nazis coming to power in Germany, yet most of the S.S. and S.A. uniforms show insignia which the Nazis did not use until after Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. See more »

Quotes

Hanussen: No jew should be as strong as you are.
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Thanks to The People of Kuldiga and The People of Vilnius See more »

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References Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) See more »

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Sweet and Lovely
(1931)
Music and Lyrics by Gus Arnheim / Neil Moret (as Charles Daniels) / Harry Tobias
Performed by Max Raabe and his Palast Orchestra
Published by EMI Robbins Catalog Inc / Anne Rachel Music / Redwood Music Ltd / Range Road Music / Harry Tobias Music
Courtesy of EMI Music Partnership Musikverlag GmbH/ Greenhorn Musikverlag GmbH/ Warner-Chappell Music GmbH Germany,
Munich/ Chappell & Co GmbH/ Range Road Music/ Harry Tobias Music
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Unexpectedly moving, this seemingly silly movie....
28 December 2003 | by SinnermanSee all my reviews

Invincible (Werner Herzog).

Set in the years before WWII, a simpleton cum Jewish Pole strong man, was recruited by a German mystic cum showman, who's intent on dressing him up into Aryan legends, to perform legendary feats of strength on a hybrid cabaret-like show for Nazis patrons?

I wouldn't believe it either, but its supposedly inspired by a true story. Thank god for the inspiration of mad geniuses!

I laughed so hard at the first few chapters of this movie, its embarassing. But I regretted my rash reaction by film's midpoint. For what was deemed funny early on (weird mix of acting styles, idiosyncratic dramatic developments, and outlandishly funny English accents etc), got into me like second skin. And I realised by some point, I have seen one of the most oddly "moving" films in recent memory.

Two words, child-like innocence (or was it three?). Whatever. This flick me liked and it comes with my highest recommendation. Watch it, and learn.

Next up, Herzog's Heart of Glass.....


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