The Counterfeiters (Widescreen) (German & French, Subtitled in English)

The Counterfeiters (Widescreen) (German & French,
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital - German
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scens
    • Audio Commentary: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Director
    • Featurette:
      1. Making of THE COUNTERFEITERS
      2. Adolf Burger Historical "Artifacts" Featurette
    • Interviews:
      1. Stefan Ruzowitzky, Director
      2. Adolf Burger, Author
      3. Karl Markovics, Actor
      4. American Film Institute Q&A with Stefan Ruzowitzky, Director

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2007 - Best Foreign Language Film

Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - 11/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Markovics gives a brilliantly understated performance in an engrossing, powerful film that justifies its billing as this season's THE LIVES OF OTHERS."
Total Film - 11/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Superbly designed and incisively acted....Based on a true story, THE COUNTERFEITERS is anchored in Markovics' central turn..."
Empire - 11/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a robust dramatic drive and thrilling pace....Ruzowitzky accordingly ramps up the tension, but all the while he's careful to respect the harsh reality in which his thoughtful movie is firmly rooted."
Box Office - 03/01/2008
"The moral dilemmas marshaled by Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky prove absolutely gripping, and the whole film is alive with style an intelligence."
New York Times - 02/22/2008
"Mr. Markovics, without sentimentalizing the character, allows us glimpses of his soul. His performance is a tour de force of concentration and understatement..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/07/2008
"[Markovics] inhabits his not-nice character with such conviction...that we're freed to consider him as a man, not just a victim -- an authentic gift in a fascinating story of faking it." -- Grade: A-
Ultimate DVD - 04/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "The questions this accomplished film raises are intended to pervade your emotions, forcing you to qualify your pity and your sympathies even in the face of such shocking sadness."

Product Description:

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin's "King of the Counterfeiters." However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he's arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. With the German army on the verge of bankruptcy, Sorowitsch makes a sobering deal with his captors: in exchange for a comfortable bed, good food and fair treatment, Sorowitsch, along with the other hand-picked specialists, must counterfeit bank notes to fund the Nazi War effort.

Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin's "King of the Counterfeiters." However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he's arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. With the German army on the verge of bankruptcy, Sorowitsch makes a sobering deal with his captors: in exchange for a comfortable bed, good food and fair treatment, Sorowitsch, along with the other hand-picked specialists, must counterfeit bank notes to fund the Nazi War effort.

Plot Keywords:

1940s | Germany | Holocaust | Nazi Germany | Nazis | Prison / Prisoners | Theatrical Release | World War II
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  • Sales Rank: 18,755
  • UPC: 043396239203
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