Alice King
June 06, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Invincible (Movie - 2002)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
135 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/20/02
performer
Jouko Ahola, Tim Roth, Anna Gourari, Udo Kier, Max Raabe, Jacob Wein
director
Werner Herzog
distributor
Fine Line Features
author
E. Max Frye, Werner Herzog
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Werner Herzog’s odd folk tale chronicles the strange but true story of a blacksmith from the shtetl who, dressed as the Uber-German Siegfried, wowed the mostly Nazi crowds as a variety-show strongman in early-1930s Berlin before shocking them by revealing his Jewish identity. As the simple-souled muscleman, Ahola, a nonactor with an unfortunately Schwarzenegger-like bent, radiates earnestness as he vows to warn his people of the gathering storm, while Roth, as a diabolical impresario with his own secret, tries his mustache-twirling best to steal the show.

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