The Counterfeiters war movie
The Counterfeiters war movie

The Counterfeiters (2007, Austria)

Original / alternative title: Die Fälscher

Categories: concentration camp movies

Running time: 95 minutes

Language: German

In 1942 Germans have gathered 142 counterfeiters in their Sachsenhausen concentration camp to start Operation Bernhard - the plan to destabilise British economy by flooding the markets with forged pound notes. Jew Sorowitsch is one of those counterfeiters who is using his skills and experience to forge the money, but just like the other he realizes that by that he supports his own oppressors. They try to slow the work down so Germans could not make use of their forgery, but not that slow so they would start to kill them.

Based on true events (memoirs of Adolf Burger) film follows the Jewish counterfeiter Sorowitsch and his complicated situation to keep the Germans happy and survive the concentration camp. This movie won the Oscar for best foreign film, but it is hard to point out what exactly made that big impression on Americans. It is not well known story for World War II, the movie was made with decent level of realism, but still it is only one of many decent movies.

Our rating


Film value

6 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5

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Creators of The Counterfeiters

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Stefan Ruzowitzky movies

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Adolf Burger


Cast of The Counterfeiters

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Karl Markovics

as Sorowitsch

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August Diehl

as Burger

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Devid Striesow

as Sturmbannführer Herzog

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Martin Brambach

as Hauptscharführer Holst

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Events depicted in The Counterfeiters

World War II (1936-1945)

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