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The Aryan Couple (2004)

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A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.

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John Daly

Writers:

John Daly (screenplay), Kendrew Lascelles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Joseph Krauzenberg
Judy Parfitt ... Rachel Krauzenberg
Kenny Doughty ... Hans Vassman
Caroline Carver ... Ingrid Vassman
Danny Webb ... Himmler
Christopher Fulford ... Edelhein
Steven Mackintosh ... Eichmann
Jake Wood ... Dressler
Nolan Hemmings Nolan Hemmings ... Gerhard
Richard Bremmer
Austen Palmer Austen Palmer ... Kurt Becher
Tyler Bizzell ... Second Sentry
Gretchen Becker ... Jolanda
Arcadiy Golubovich ... (as Arkardiy Golubovich)
Adrian O'Donnell ... Adjutant
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In 1944, in Hungary, the wealthy Jewish industrialist Joseph Krauzenberg is forced by the Reichführer Heinrich Himmler to deliver his 3,000 employee factory; his palace with his collection of antiques and arts; a large amount in gold; and his house to the Reich. In return, the Nazis would send his big family that is arrested in Gestapo safe and sound to the neutral Switzerland and then to Palestine. Himmler schedules a dinner with Krauzenberg and his wife Rachel Krauzenberg to sign the contract and orders the butcher Eichmann to not do harm to the imprisoned Jews relatives of Krauzenberg. Himmer also send the SS Edelhein to check the security of the palace and the two German house servants of Krauzenberg, Hans Vassman and his beautiful pregnant wife Ingrid Vassman. Hans and Ingrid are actually the Jews David and Leila Steinberg and members of the resistance. When the Krauzenberg couple concludes the negotiation with Himmler, Ingrid discloses to the couple that Hans and she are Jews. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sign and you're safe

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Couple See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The luftwaffe plane that lands is not a German plane. It is a American Dakota DC3 used by the Allies in WW2. See more »

Goofs

The "Rheinau" station name plate is not a Swiss design. Swiss stations traditionally used white-on-blue signs. See more »

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Himmler: Sign, and you're safe.
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Engaging, Thrilling and Dramatic War Super Production
14 October 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1944, in Hungary, the wealthy Jewish industrialist Joseph Krauzenberg (Martin Landau) is forced by the Reichführer Heinrich Himmler (Danny Webb) to deliver his 3,000 employee factory; his palace with his collection of antiques and arts; a large amount in gold; and his house to the Reich. In return, the Nazis would send his big family that is arrested in Gestapo safe and sound to the neutral Switzerland and then to Palestine. Himmler schedules a dinner with Krauzenberg and his wife Rachel Krauzenberg (Judy Parfitt) to sign the contract and orders the butcher Eichmann (Steven Mackintosh) to not do harm to the imprisoned Jews relatives of Krauzenberg. Himmer also send the SS Edelhein (Christopher Fulford) to check the security of the palace and the two German house servants of Krauzenberg, Hans Vassman (Kenny Doughty) and his beautiful pregnant wife Ingrid Vassman (Caroline Carver). Hans and Ingrid are actually the Jews David and Leila Steinberg and members of the resistance. When the Krauzenberg couple concludes the negotiation with Himmler, Ingrid discloses to the couple that Hans and she are Jews. However, the deal is closed and Joseph has no means to include the young servants in his deal.

"The Aryan Couple" is an engaging, thrilling and dramatic war super production. The story is suspenseful and uses magnificent locations and cinematography. Martin Landau is fantastic as usual and Ms. Judy Parfitt has the best lines confronting Himmler. Despite the use of English language even for the German soldiers, the performances are excellent. The realistic negotiation of Joseph Krauzenberg with the Germans to save his family and the corruption of Dresler are unusual themes in this type of war movie that is unfortunately underrated in IMDb. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Contrato Arriscado" ("Risky Contract")


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