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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herschel Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
... Zishe Breitbart
Anna Gourari ... Marta Farra
... Master of Ceremonies
Jacob Wein ... Benjamin Breitbart
... Alfred Landwehr (as Gustav Peter Woehler)
... Count Helldorf
Herbert Golder ... Rabbi Edelmann
Gary Bart ... Yitzak Breitbart
... Mother Breitbart
Ben-Tzion Hershberg ... Gershon
Rebecca Wein ... Rebecca
Raphael Wein ... Raphael
Daniel Wein ... Daniel
Chana Wein ... Chana
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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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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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17 January 2002 (Germany)  »

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Invencible  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,293, 22 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,636, 20 October 2002
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Hanussen: No jew should be as strong as you are.
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Piano Concerto No.3 in C-minor
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It could've been great !!!
5 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

First of all, i have to state that i'm a big fan of Werner Herzog, I consider him to be one of the greatest and one of the most underrated directors of all time. But let's not waste the time with that and let's get back to the topic.

  • INVINCIBLE is a drama based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a very strong blacksmith that is discoverd in a Poland village and ends up working for Erik Jan Hanussen (Tim Roth), a "mystic" man who is the leader of a cabaret variety show.


  • First i have to tell you what didn't work with the movie and than continue with the things that worked.


* The movie runs 133' (minutes) and yet it gives you a feeling that you haven't seen enough, it leaves you disappointed a bit, but no way you can blame the director... the whole problem stands with the writing... The Screenplay doesn't work, it doesn't center on anything concrete but it tries to include all this long story... starting with Breitbart's being discovered in "this" Poland village after he wrestles this "big dude" etc etc... then he moves in Berlin (after 25+ minutes) and then the interesting story begins... so by all means Herzog disappoints with this clumsy and not so dimensional screenplay... - Something else that didn't work and everyone can notice it, is the acting of Jouko Ahola who plays Zishe Breitbart... his acting is just "dull" and simply "bad", it's one of the factors that hurt the movie in general.

On the other hand:

*/* Hans Zimmer score is good, he is on his level and that serves as a strong element of the movie. +/+ Herzog as the director does a superb job, he does his magic and this serves as the strongest point of the movie, to let us carry on... +/+ Also i have to praise Tim Roth, who delivers a strong performance, even thou he's supporting. No wonder why he has worked with great directors such as Tarantino, Haneke, Wenders, Coppola, Allen etc etc.

THE VERDICT 7/10 - with a better screenplay and someone else in the leading role these one could've been a real contender.


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