The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) - Drama, Thriller, War

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Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: George Seaton
Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer
Length: 140 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 0 out of 38 found boring (0%)

One-line Reviews (30)

A pretty engrossing film based on a real character and true events.

The scene where the character of Hans Holtz (young Nazi boy who wants to turn Erickson in to the authorities) is truly riveting.

A truly absorbing tale, one that can be enjoyed more than once.

The story is thus a true story, and that may explain the film's deeply compelling qualities.

COMMENT: A well-produced and reasonably exciting spy thriller, which could have been even more forcefully dramatic given sharper playing - especially by the male lead - and more stylish direction.

This excellent movie is more than just an entertaining film, it is a document and a record, and it is so well done that it does justice to the seriousness of its subject matter.

Although unappealingly long - 140 minutes to be precise - The Counterfeit Traitor turns out to be an absorbing, disturbing and rather exciting wartime suspense film.

Classic World War II spy drama well worth watching...

Suspenseful ending as well.

Fascinating and suspenseful spy-thriller based on true events .

He then played his trump card, showing him his newly-signed Gestapo papers, which bore the name of Heinrich Himmler .

I was ready to dismiss my liking the film as a folly of my youth because it seemed to be slow and overacted.

The beginning-the first third overall-is rather tedious ,with too much voice-over.

However the real spy story is very compelling and the movie is able to translate some of that onto the screen.

Think of The Counterfeit Traitor as a sprawling but engrossing three-part espionage novel with a daunting number of pages to get through.

Seaton also wrote the screenplay, basing it on an Alexander Klein book, and he must be given credit for fashioning a thoroughly believable and suspenseful story.

compelling real spy story .

I first saw "The Conterfeit Traitor" when I was a teenager, and I remember how much I enjoyed it then.

The film really began to move when William Holden's love interest was arrested by the Gestapo, and it became emotionally absorbing to its end.

People who like gripping stories and great acting in a WWII setting should definitely see John Frankenheimer's "The Train" with Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield...

This is a suspense thriller full of tension , agonisingly intriguing and entertainment.

George Seaton has made an entertaining movie,which does not forget to ask questions and to moot responsibility.

The movie is too long and could easily lose 30 minutes here and there.

Engrossing despite itself.

I watched it and it turned out to be grippy and suspenseful and Holden was great.

That leaves us with the last half of the movie and one exciting moment after another.

Stunning location photography in and around Copenhagen is a plus factor, as is the rousing score by Alfred Newman.

The film runs for 2 hours and 20 minutes and is gripping for the entire time.

Its treatment of the Germans, the Allies and the love affair is surprisingly sophisticated with many shades of gray and many interesting characters and an unexpected ending to the love affair.

One of the most intriguing characters plays a small part now:a young boy,about 12,member of the Hitlerian Youth,proud of his uniform,he will make your hair stand on end.