Die Fälscher

Die Fälscher

The counterfeiters

DVD - 2008 | German
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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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garycornell
Feb 03, 2017

Five stars for a major historical movie about the Jews during World War II. Amazing true movie with wonderful actors. The movie has you on the edge of your seat the entire way. A movie not to be missed!

AladarNyc Jun 28, 2015

A well filmed and engaging film. Being based on true events makes it even more memorable. I enjoyed this very much.

kevfarley Oct 10, 2014

So engaging that I forgot I was reading subtitles !!
And the bonus material is very worth it.

(Also,.. the subtitles are yellow and large enough to be easy to read.)

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Old_Toto
Aug 01, 2014

Google Salomon Smolianoff to learn about the real counterfeiter and how closely the movie follows the real guy. Historically somewhat accurate (who can estimate how accurate?) it is satisfying to imagine that a small percentage of Concentration Camp Jews were able to feel the internal warmth that 'payback' can generate. Surprise for the counterfeiters on the very day they are liberated was, indeed, a surprise, but a logical consequence upon reflection. As with "12 Years a Slave", society needs to be reminded what happens when "Rules of Law" are not equally applied to all.

voisjoe1 Jan 01, 2014

A criminal counterfeiting master is imprisoned in WWII and eventually is picked to run a counterfeiting ring in a special section of a Nazi concentration camp where one’s life is at risk if one makes the wrong move or displeases the wrong camp enforcer. Should one survive by helping the Nazis in their efforts to screw up the economies of Great Britain and the USA? Oscar winner for best foreign language film. Will we see further great films from this director or actor? Films with similarities are “Bridge over the River Kwai” and “Playing for Time” where internment prisoners use their skills to survive, the former as Japanese prisoners and the latter as Nazi prisoners.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 16, 2013

Watchable.

Barbara J Stanford Jul 14, 2013

Absolutely riveting portrayal of a real-life but little known operation run by the Nazis that forces a select group of concentration camp inmates to make ethical decisions that will make your head spin. I found the special features riveting, also. A very intellectually challenging movie.

Vincent T Lombardo Jul 14, 2013

Fast paced, suspenseful, thought provoking, and disturbing. How would you conduct yourself in a similar situation? What choices would you make?

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BlueMoonGirl
Apr 10, 2013

Well written, and acted, movie. I learned something new about this period in history. Watch the "extras" as they are worth the price of admission. Lovely film.

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Vivica
Apr 18, 2011

A seldom told story ...very interesting ... well worth the 2hrs. spent watching.

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