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The Counterfeiters
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: August 5, 2008
  • 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:

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

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2007 - Best Foreign Language Film: Not Applicable

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

Total Count: 126


User Ratings: 21,296
Rating: 3.5/4 -- As writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky shows, powerfully, affectingly, in The Counterfeiters, the privileges experienced by this small team of Jews and criminals came at a price. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Oct 18, 2008
4 stars out of 5 -- Superbly designed and incisively acted....Based on a true story, THE COUNTERFEITERS is anchored in Markovics' central turn...
Total Film
Nov 1, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- While it is compulsively watchable, I never felt that the moral complexities were explored to their fullest extent. Full Review
From the Front Row
Jul 6, 2019
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.
Ultimate DVD
Apr 1, 2008
The moral dilemmas marshaled by Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky prove absolutely gripping, and the whole film is alive with style an intelligence.
Box Office
Mar 1, 2008
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.
Nov 1, 2007
It's details like that-too bizarre not to be true-that give "The Counterfeiters" its bitter wallop. It's an astonishing tale of cunning, compromise and survival. Full Review
Feb 6, 2018

Product Description:

Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Stefan Ruzowitzky's THE COUNTERFEITERS is the first film from Austria to ever receive that prestigious honor. Based on the memoir by Adolf Burger, the film tells the inspiring story of a pre-World War II criminal whose cunning and fiery spirit enable him to overcome deadly odds and survive life in Germany's Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Before the war, Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) was one of the world's most ingenious counterfeiters, until he was finally caught and arrested by Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow). Years later, as the Nazi movement is in full swing, the nefariously charming Herzog--now a Nazi leader--recruits Sorowitsch to lead an enormous counterfeiting project called Operation Bernhard. Placed in a horrific position of moral corruption, Sorowitsch is forced to decide whether or not to save his own life or prevent the Nazis from causing further damage on an even grander scale. His fellow prisoner Adolf Burger (August Diehl) is determined to sabotage the operation, but Sorowitsch understands how dangerous a proposition this is.

While THE COUNTERFEITERS is based on real-life tragedy, it never loses its primary objective as a work of dramatic entertainment. This deft balancing act is what keeps Ruzowitzky's moving tale from becoming too bleak and depressing. The result is a deeply impressive work that addresses a topic not often explored in Holocaust cinema--the dilemma of victims who were forced to act immorally and illegally for the betterment of their captors. Powerfully acted by Markovics, THE COUNTERFEITERS is the type of film that the Oscars were made for.

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.


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  • UPC: 043396239203
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