- Subtitles: English
- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 13, 2004
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Restored Mono - English
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 05/15/1992
Description by OLDIES.com:
There's no way out for American-raised Swede Eric Erickson. Either he becomes an Allied spy, or he faces a trumped-up charge of Nazi collaboration. "How does one get to be so cold-blooded?" Erickson snaps at the English agent blackmailing him. "Watching German planes bomb London helps enormously," is the reply.
William Holden portrays Erickson in this taut thriller that progresses from subterfuge to discovery and finally to breathless escape. The story, based on Alexander Klein's book, is true. And the use of European locations where the actual events transpired adds to the film's authenticity. From start to finish, The Counterfeit Traitor provides suspense and moral choices that can only come from real life.
THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR reveals the shocking true story of Eric Erickson (William Holden), a Swedish-American businessman blackmailed by British Intelligence into posing as a Nazi sympathizer while actually spying for Allied forces. When his lover and fellow spy Mariana (Lilli Palmer) is discovered and murdered in front of him, Erickson must control his anger and act like he knew nothing of her political betrayal in order to return to freedom without being discovered himself. Holden is absolutely riveting in this suspenseful thriller that explores the personal toll of espionage and compromised morality against the colorful backdrops of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Berlin.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Additional cast: Helo Gutschwager (Hans Holtz), Werner Peters (Bruno Ulrich), and Charles Regnier (Wilhelm Kortner).