CreatorSony Pictures Classics ; Hergestellt mit Unterstützung von ORF ; Österreichisches Filminstitut ; Filmfonds Wien ; Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg ; Filmförderungsanstalt ; FilmFörderungs Hamburg ; FilmFinanzierungsFonds Hessen-Invest Film ; Land Oberösterreich ; Land Niederösterreich ; in koproduktion mit Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures/Babelsberg Film und ZDF ; eine Produktion von Aichholzer Filmproduktion und Magnolia Filmproduktion ; ein film von Stefan Ruzowitzky ; producers, Josef Aichholzer, Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schröder ; written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky
Germany, 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a life of cards, booze, and women. Suddenly his luck runs dry when he is arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. He is immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp. There, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's opponents. But, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop the operation. Now faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions are ultimately the right ones.
Based on the book "Des Teufels Werkstatt" by Adolf Burger.
Originally produced in 2006.
Special features : Audio commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky (subtitled in English) ; The making of Counterfeiters ; interviews with real-life counterfeiter and writer Adolf Burger, actor Karl Markovics, and director Stefan Ruzowitzky ; Adolf Burger's artifacts ; Q & A with director Stefan Ruzowitzky ; deleted scenes ; original theatrical trailer ; previews of other films.
DVD, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
German or dubbed French dialogue ; optional English, French or Spanish subtitles. Some special features are subtitled in English.
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