Counterfeiters, The ( Fälscher, Die ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2649

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 27

Theatrical Release Date: 03/22/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 08/05/2008

Language: German

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Actors: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Martin Brambach, Devid Striesow, Veit Stübner, Lenn Kudrjawizki

Plot: In a Nazi concentration camp, several criminals and Jews are mixed together to create numerous foreign currencies in order to fund Germany's war effort. Eventually the moral dilemma of helping the Nazis versus saving themselves begins to take its toll on the prisoners.

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Rating of
2.5/4

dukeakasmudge - wrote on 10/18/2011

What a great film

Rating of
3/4

Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011

Germans really know how to make a good film. This movie is sad and intense, without being manipulative. It's about talented Jews who are given jobs as counterfeiters at a concentration camp, and thus, treated well (in comparison with untalented Jews). It's all about morals and integrity and which is worse--death or losing one's dignity? Very interesting and very well done.

Rating of
3/4

patjohnson76 - wrote on 10/10/2008

One of 2007's Oscar nominated foreign films tells the story of a man who's a brilliant counterfeiter captured by the Nazi's and thrown into a concentration camp. There he is paired with numerous other experts, some criminal and some legit, who are forced to work together to first successfully create the pound and then eventually the dollar. Several perspectives are examined as some do as they're told to stay alive, others sabotage the effort in an attempt to thrwart the Nazi's. A good foreign film, but as Holocaust films go, it's pretty heavy at times.

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Nosferatu
Nosferatu
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Rating of
3/4

"The Counterfeiters" By Nosferatu

Nosferatu - wrote on 09/16/2011

"The Counterfeiters" is a movie based on a memoir written by Adolf Burger recalling events on a concentration camp, during the Second World War.

Although the movie is most of the time boring, the storyline itself is interesting and very simple; Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch, the king of counterfeiters, known by the forging of documents and others, is arrested by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp to forge bank notes. A Jew working with him, decides to sabotage the Nazi's secret plan to flood the British economy with forged bank notes.

"It takes a clever man to make money, it takes a genius to stay alive"


It's another WWII movie earning an Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film of the Year), in my opinion, it's very far from the best movies concerning WWII, but it's worth …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
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Rating of
3/4

Holds Your Interest

Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/17/2008

I thought I’ve already seen all the kinds of stories about the concentration camps in World War II so this movie really surprised me. This is the first time I’ve seen a movie that took the angle of the counterfeiters’ experience in the camps (I wasn’t even aware that the Nazis had the operation until I heard about this film). Not only is it interesting, the style of it made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Although slow in some parts, those are more than forgiven because the film is undeniably well-written and well-directed. I got this feeling that desperation is always in the air even though the characters are being treated “well” (as opposed to the ones not in the counterfeiting operation). All of the actors did a convincing job playing their roles, …

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