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Running Time:
1 hour, 38 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This riveting Holocaust drama, based on a true story is both exciting and thought-provoking.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:

Commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky; Deleted scenes; Making-of The Counterfeiters; Adolf Burger's historical artifacts; Q&A with Stefan Ruzowitzky; Interviews with real-life counterfeiter Adolf Burger, actor Karl Markovics & director Stefan Ruzowitzky



The Counterfeiters
Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) is a Jewish master forger, living the high life in pre-war Berlin. He pays off the Nazis and bribes the local police and he is confident enough to believe that the persecution of the Jews won�t touch him because of his money and contacts in high places.

As well as being good at his craft, he is a survivor and when he is finally arrested, due to his arrogant disregard for Hitler�s anti-Semitic policies, he finds it hard to believe. He sent to the Malthausen concentration camp, and he quickly begins drawing flattering portraits of his captors to gain special privileges.

Himmler has developed a clever plan to flood the market with counterfeit pound notes and dollar bills in order to destroy the enemy�s currencies. So Sally is transferred to Sachsenhausen where he is ordered to lead a team of printers and artists to begin making forgeries. The group is fed and housed decently and kept away from the other prisoners, and provided with the tools they have requested. Within his group there is some dissent, especially from the Communist Burger (August Diehl), who attempts to sabotage the project. Sally knows that their lives depend upon getting the job done and getting it done properly. They are valuable to Himmler only if they can make bills that can't be identified as forgeries and Sally is fully aware of this, and persistently playing for time.

Despite being treated as human beings by the commandant, the men who work with Sally in the camp are constantly in danger. The tension and sense of imminent death is always hanging over the men as they argue both for and against completing their work, with all that it implies.

This extraordinary movie is winner of the 2007 Best Foreign Film Academy Award�. It was made by Austrian director Stefan who has captured an unending sense of suffering and guilt that carries through until the very end, and beyond. Sally conveys the impression that just to have been through these trials, and know that he'd done his best for the honor of his profession and the safety of his comrades is still tainted with the blood of millions of his countrymen.






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