The Counterfeiters

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


The Counterfeiters
This film won the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2008. Set during World War II, it is the tale of the world's best forger, a Jew of Russian extraction. He is arrested by the Nazis and interned, but as the war started going against Germany, they came up with a plan... They decided to weaken the US and British economies by flooding the market with fake currency. The Russian Jew was just the man to make the money. Offered a take-it-or-die deal, he set to work with a hand-picked team, producing perfect forgeries. However not everyone on his team was happy with the moral problem: by helping the Nazis, they were delaying their own freedom. In German language with English subtitles.

100 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence).
Drama, Thriller, War, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, August Zirner
Director
Stefan Ruzowitzky
ScreenplayStefan Ruzowitzky, based on the autobiographical book by Adolf Burger
MusicMarius Ruhland
CinematographyBenedict Neuenfels
EditingBritta Nahler
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byMagnolia Filmproduktion, Babelsberg Film, Beta Cinema, Filmförderung Hamburg, Josef Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures GmbH, Zweites Deutsches Femsehen

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageInfrequent, mild
NudityInfrequent, mild
SexImplied
ViolenceFrequent, strong
PrejudiceFrequent, strong
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
15
Cape Times
Nicholas Barber
15
The Citizen
16
BBC
Catherine Chambers quote iconChallenging and thought-provoking.
15
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15
Metacritic.com
23 critics
16

What the People say

Internet
8817 Netizens quote iconA Brand New Classic
15

Average .. 73%

15

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