The Counterfeiters

Movie information

A genius con artist put to work by the Nazis. A survivor's tale you've never seen before. Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.
Released on:
February 22, 2008 (limited)

Previously Announced Release Dates:
December 31, 2007

Sony Classics

Status: Released

This film is Also Known As:
"Die Fälscher"

Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, August Zirner, Veit Stubner, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Andreas Schmidt, Tilo Pruckner, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Marie Baumer

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Screenwriter: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, War, Crime
About the film:
The true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, counterfeiter extraordinaire and bohemian. After getting arrested in a German concentration camp in 1944, he agrees to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort.

It was the biggest counterfeit money scam of all times. Over 130 million pound sterling were printed, under conditions that couldn't have been more tragic or spectacular. During the last years of the war, as the German Reich saw that the end was near, the authorities decided to produce their own banknotes in the currencies of their major war enemies. They hoped to use the duds to flood the enemy economy and fill the empty war coffers. At the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, two barracks were separated from the rest of the camp and the outside world, and transformed into a fully equipped counterfeiters workshop. "Operation Bernhard" was born. Prisoners were brought to Sachsenhausen from other camps to implement the plan: professional printers, fastidious bank officials and simple craftsmen all became members of the top-secret counterfeiter commando. They had the choice: if they cooperated with the enemy, they had a chance to survive, as first-class prisoners in a "golden cage " with e nough to eat and a bed to sleep in. If they sabotaged the operation, a sure death awaited them. For THE COUNTERFEITERS, it was not only a question of saving their own lives, but also about saving their conscience as well...
Rated R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $87,514 (8 theaters) | Domestic Total: $5.48 mil.
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