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The Counterfeiters (2007)

Die Fälscher (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, War | 18 April 2008 (USA)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director:

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Writers:

Adolf Burger (book), Stefan Ruzowitzky (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Markovics ... Sorowitsch
August Diehl ... Burger
Devid Striesow ... Sturmbannführer Herzog
Martin Brambach ... Hauptscharführer Holst
August Zirner ... Dr. Klinger
Veit Stübner Veit Stübner ... Atze
Sebastian Urzendowsky ... Kolya
Andreas Schmidt Andreas Schmidt ... Zilinski
Tilo Prückner ... Hahn
Lenn Kudrjawizki ... Loszek
Marian Kalus Marian Kalus ... Plappler
Norman Stoffregen Norman Stoffregen ... Abramovic
Bernd Raucamp Bernd Raucamp ... KZ-Insasse Dusche
Gode Benedix Gode Benedix ... 1. KZ-Insasse
Oliver Kanter Oliver Kanter ... 2. KZ-Insasse
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It takes a clever man to make money, it takes a genius to stay alive See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German | Russian | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Counterfeiters See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,514, 24 February 2008

Gross USA:

$5,488,570

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,814,713
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some experts believe the real-life counterfeit pounds were thwarted by nothing more than common courtesy. Honest Britons picked the airdropped bills off the street and turned them over to the police, averting a financial disaster. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch: Only by surviving, we can defeat them.
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Wenn nicht die Hoffnung wär
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Written by Joseph Schmidt
Performed by Joseph Schmidt
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How they didn't win the war
26 January 2008 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

This is about the Nazis, trying to produce false pounds and dollars in the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen. The aim is to destroy the British and American economies. For this purpose, they use Jewish experts, who have their privileges, like clean sheets, classical music, showers and the possibility of not being murdered.

It could have been just another Nazi movie, but many ethic questions are raised. What is treason and can you possibly survive without it? The drama between the Hauptsturmführer and the main character, Sally, is described in an interesting way, not at least because of the brilliant acting from Karl Marcovics.

Being in concentration camp, are there any more questions than surviving the next day? Obviously there were.


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