The counterfeiters

The counterfeiters

Die Fälscher

DVD - 2008 | German | Widescreen ed
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Germany, 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a life of cards, booze, and women. Suddenly his luck runs dry when he is arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. He is immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp. There, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills 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 Berhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's opponents. But, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop the operation. Now faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions are ultimately the right ones.


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Germany, 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a life of cards, booze and women. Suddenly, his luck runs dry when he is arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. He is immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp.

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Dec 29, 2016

This film shows well the dilemmas people in such situations were faced with to go for personal survival or for the common long term good. It is hard for us to judge what any of us would do unless we are in that time, place and situation. The film shows our own strengths, vulnerabilities and susceptibilities under unusual and unimaginable situations. May we never be faced with such choices and situations.
Seelochan Beharry

Dec 20, 2014

Towards the end of WWII the Nazis hatched a plan to flood the world market with counterfeit American dollars and British pounds. This was to serve 2 purposes: upset the economies of those 2 nations; and provide funds for the Nazi war machine. To this end they scoured the prisons and concentration camps in search of prisoners with the necessary skills and relocated them to a top secret printing factory. In return for special treatment and the promise of freedom the prisoners were to begin churning out fake bills by the millions. Therein lies the crux of the far are we willing to compromise our own principles and sense of ethics in order to survive? Before long the counterfeiters are divided between those who will do anything to survive and those who refuse to help an evil regime.....even if that refusal leads to their own execution. Gripping and challenging.

Feb 25, 2014

Fabulous movie! Once you get past the fact that this movie is in German and then noticing that there are subtitles, this movie is excellent.
Fast paced and action packed, it will hold your interest. I also found it fascinating that this movie was based on a true story.
I thought the acting was great.
I would definitely watch this movie again.

Jan 01, 2014

This is a foreign film with English subtitles.

Nov 20, 2011

Great war time drama about a true event.All the cast and director make you feel you are there.

Feb 20, 2009

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Sep 26, 2008

Must See – The morale dilemma that Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch faced back in Nazi Germany was to weigh the value of sabotaging the Nazi plan (to flood the U.S. and Britain with counterfeit currency) against his own life and the lives of his fellow inmates. This picture won the 2008 Best Foreign Picture category at the Oscars and well deserved even though “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days” would’ve given this picture a run for its money IF it was even nominated (go figure Oscar’s choices sometimes). The dark and grey colors set a mood of despair and horror for the Jewish victims of the holocaust. Like most films depicting the holocaust, I keep asking myself “how could people be so evil?” – It’s mind-boggling and terribly sad that the Jews suffered so greatly just for being who they are. This film, based on actual events, demonstrates the horror of the time with memorable characters. Unfortunately, the Nazi-era provides a backdrop to countless stories (6 million disheartening stories). This is one of them….Other films that demonstrate the brutalities of Nazi Germany include “The Pianist (2002)”, “Schindler’s List (1993)”, and “Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)”.


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