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The Counterfeiters

HD   R Closed Captioning

Stefan Ruzowitzky

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Plot Summary

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 Berhard. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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94%
  • Reviews Counted: 121
  • Fresh: 114
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The moral conundrum at the heart of Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters is worthy of Kafka or Dostoevsky. – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: slick, exciting, emotionally trenchant - well done all around. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Based on a real-life Nazi operation, the film is a tense drama with performances that elevate the movie to the front rank of films set in concentration camps. – Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Near perfection.

I am not a fan of holocaust movies, the endings are always the same. But this movie is one of the best I have ever seen. Highly recommended, although $15 is a bit steep.

An Incredible Movie!

I saw this one time at the store and rented it. Its worth owning if you like great films but watching it over and over, I can't recommond but its a must see. It felt very real. I was impressed with the acitng, directing, and it was well paced. It at times can get you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommended to watch at least once!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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