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Die Fälscher ()


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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations.
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Sorowitsch
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Burger
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Sturmbannführer Herzog
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Hauptscharführer Holst
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Dr. Klinger
Veit Stübner ...
Atze
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Kolya
Andreas Schmidt ...
Zilinski
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Hahn
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Loszek
Marian Kalus ...
Plappler
Norman Stoffregen ...
Abramovic
Bernd Raucamp ...
KZ-Insasse Dusche
Gode Benedix ...
1. KZ-Insasse
Oliver Kanter ...
2. KZ-Insasse
Hans Peter Kortenbruck ...
3. KZ Insasse
Dirk Prinz ...
SS-Wache
Hille Beseler ...
Grete Herzog
Erik Jan Rippmann ...
Bankdirektor
Tim Breyvogel ...
Agent
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Mädchen im Casino
Roland Fischer-Briand ...
Concierge
Louie Austen ...
Pokerspieler
Michael Racinais ...
Direktor
Michael Blohn ...
Croupier
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Aglaia
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Hans
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Sascha
Lilly Kugler ...
Dame
Matthias Lühn ...
Ganove (as Matthias Lühne)
Heinz Schubert ...
Hehler
Roswitha Straka ...
Tänzerin (as Rosi Straka)
Holger Schober ...
Unterscharführer
Steve Thiede ...
Kapo
Peter Strauß ...
SS-Offizier
Bernhard Linke ...
Junger Insasse
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Rosenthal
Leander Modersohn ...
SS-Soldat Zug
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Haslinger ...
Häftling (uncredited)
Dieter Hilpmann ...
Geisel Stein (uncredited)

Directed by

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Stefan Ruzowitzky

Written by

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Adolf Burger ... (book "The Devil's Workshop")
 
Stefan Ruzowitzky ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Josef Aichholzer ... producer
Nina Bohlmann ... producer
Christoph Fisser ... co-producer
Henning Molfenter ... co-producer
Babette Schröder ... producer
Caroline von Senden ... co-producer
Charlie Woebcken ... co-producer
Sonja B. Zimmer ... line producer

Music by

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Marius Ruhland

Cinematography by

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Benedict Neuenfels

Film Editing by

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Britta Nahler

Editorial Department

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Wolfgang Fetter ... negative scan & dustbusting
Linda Reif ... assistant editor
Willi Willinger ... colorist

Casting By

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Heta Mantscheff
Lisa Olah ... (Austrian parts)
Markus Schleinzer

Production Design by

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Isidor Wimmer

Set Decoration by

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Gerhard Krummeich

Costume Design by

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Nicole Fischnaller

Makeup Department

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Marie-Luise Adler ... makeup artist
Sonali Chatterjee ... makeup artist
Helene Lang ... additional makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski ... makeup artist
Daniela Skala ... makeup artist
Susann Carolin Wrobel ... trainee makeup artist

Production Management

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Monika Maruschko ... production manager
Christian Springer ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anton Maria Aigner ... first assistant director
Marc de Keller ... second assistant director: Austria
Timon Modersohn ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Joshua Black ... painter
Michael Düwel ... managing director: art department studio babelsberg
Christine Egger ... assistant production designer
Felix Gallo ... painter
Dierk Grahlow ... construction manager
Juliane Gstättner ... assistant property master: indoor
Andreas Herberg ... carpenter: Nicht Im Abspann
Christian Krüger ... property master: outdoor
Christine Prinzing ... assistant props
Johannes Slapa ... property master: outdoor
Franz Vana ... painter
Isidor Wimmer ... set designer

Sound Department

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David Arnold ... adr recordist
Stephan Fandrych ... adr supervisor
Tobias Fleig ... re-recording mixer
Rainer Heesch ... sound designer
Torsten Heinemann ... sound
Udo Hilbert ... foley editor
Tatjana Jakob ... supervising sound editor
Mark Kenna ... consultant: dolby film sound
Olaf Mierau ... post-production sound supervisor
Pierre Peters-Arnolds ... dubbing
Peter Roigk ... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Anja-Corinne Welter ... adr editor

Visual Effects by

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Joerg Bruemmer ... digital compositor
Manfred Büttner ... visual effects
Markus Degen ... visual effects supervisor
Florian Gellinger ... digital compositor
Claudia Lechen ... digital compositor
Sven Pannicke ... visual effects producer
Christian Pundschus ... visual effects supervisor
Jonathan Weber ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Anton Dyk ... stunts: Austria
Erwin Reichel ... stunt coordinator: Austria

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alexander Boboschewski ... Steadicam operator
Petro Domenigg ... still photographer
Andreas Erben ... first assistant camera
Sascha Görlich ... electrician
Heiko Halbreiter ... electrician
Xiaosu Han ... additional electrician
David Marschalsky ... first assistant camera
Matthias Mitter ... second assistant camera
Jürgen Olczyk ... still photographer
Marcus Pohlus ... steadicam operator
Patrick Posch ... electrician
Axel Renner ... rigging gaffer
Rainer Stonus ... gaffer
Andreas Thalhammer ... additional electrician
Michael Tschager ... best boy
Thomas Welz ... electrician
Dietmar Zechner ... video operator
Ana Zirner ... video operator

Casting Department

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Marcel Dykiert ... extras casting assistant
Iris Müller ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Pieter Bax ... costume assistant
Sabine Ebner ... trainee costume designer
Reinhard Kirnich ... wardrobe
Barbara Koeppl ... wardrobe: extras
Carolin Kohl ... trainee costume designer
Sabine Kubat ... additional wardrobe
Inga Kusche ... additional wardrobe
Tongi Liu ... additional wardrobe
Patricia Schömitz ... costume assistant
Inka Sherman ... costumer
Nadine Waeldchen ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Pierre Barnaud ... location manager: France

Music Department

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Ahmed Al-Salamouny ... musician: solo guitar
Ladislav Farkas ... musician: solo piano
Peter Fuchs ... music engineer
Winfried Kraus ... musician: solo piano
Martin Roller ... assistant scoring engineer
Marius Ruhland ... music producer / orchestrator
Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu ... orchestra
Allan Wilson ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Iris Steiner ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Tobias Gottschlich ... production driver
Benjamin Weidner ... production driver

Other crew

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Chris Besseling ... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Jorge Bosicovich ... choreographer
Eva Cifrain ... production coordinator
Umut Dag ... production assistant
Katja Hoerstmann ... co-production coordinator
Margaret Metz ... production coordinator
Mirjam Weber ... assistant to co-producer

Thanks

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Hans Janke ... additional thanks
Olaf Mierau ... additional thanks
Michaela Niemeyer ... additional thanks
Isaak Plappler ... additional thanks

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Taglines It takes a clever man to make money, it takes a genius to stay alive See more »
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Also Known As
  • Der Fälscher (Austria)
  • The Counterfeiters (World-wide, English title)
  • The Counterfeiters (United States)
  • The Counterfeiters (Canada, English title)
  • The Counterfeiters (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR4,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia First Austrian film to win an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film Category. See more »
Goofs While Sally and Kolya are being transported on a moving train, a German guard is bringing them food. In the camp hierarchy, German guards seldom interacted with prisoners, instead having other prisoners undertake menial tasks of serving food. Prisoners were seldom fed during transport as these cattle-wagons were not inter-connected and most likely locked from outside. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »
Soundtracks Down By The Riverside See more »
Quotes Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch: Ich bin ich. Die anderen sind die anderen.
[I'm myself. Everyone else is everyone else]
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