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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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UK | Germany | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Invencible 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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An elderly woman who lived in one of the houses near where the marketplace scenes were shot, once stepped out into it with a shopping bag and, even though director Werner Herzog told her it was just a movie set, insisted on shopping and interrupted the shoot for 15 minutes. See more »

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When the story is told about the Japanese man that bet on black and it is said the Japanese man had a 50/50 chance. Roulette tables have a 0 and sometimes a 0 and double 0 which gives the house an advantage. The house always has the odds in their favor, there is never a 50/50 chance. See more »

Quotes

Zishe Breitbart: [after outlifting and defeating a circus strongman in hand-to-hand] I can do more! I can do more!
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Follows Hanussen (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Ohne Trost, ohne alles Hoffen
(1724)
from the opera "Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare)"
Music by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Händel)
Sung by Emmi Leisner
(recorded 1927)
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Evocative visuals highlight Herzog's philosophic examination of premonitory Nazism.
13 June 2003 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

The great Werner Herzog uses grandly designed set pieces to deliver a foreboding period piece about the nature of facism in pre-WW2 Berlin. The focus of the story revolves around the opposing philosophies of the sinister, renowned clairvoyant Hanussen, and one of his performers, a naive strongman, lured off the farm to make his fortune in the big city. Needless to say, both of these powerful characters provide the symbolic thrust of Herzog's visionary statement, and he presents them as extreme opposites. Roth really delivers as a refined cynic, while real-life strongman Ahola is a childlike brute, an amateur hero challenging the authority of a professional villain. While parts of the picture are heavy-handed and obvious, it has a refreshing, unsentimental neutrality about it's subject matter, and it's mise-en-scene pleasures are many. My favorite scene follows our hero on his way to Berlin: he's picked up by a couple of farmers, one of them unable to control wild outbursts of laughter as he listens to the naive strongman tell about his dreams. A worthy film in the Herzog repertoire and interesting enough even for non-enthusiasts.


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