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** [[spoiler:Invoked when Eric's Jewish friend realizes Eric's behavior is probably not motivated out of genuine spite or malice; he writes a letter in which he tells Eric, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "I shall consider our friendship only temporarily suspended"]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Invoked when Eric's Jewish friend realizes Eric's behavior is probably not motivated out of genuine spite or malice; he writes a letter in which he tells Eric, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "I shall consider our friendship only temporarily suspended"]].]]


In Stockholm in 1942, naturalized American-born Swede Eric Erickson finds out that he has been put on a US blacklist for "trading with the enemy". As he's faced with this unappetizing mark on his record, British Intelligence makes contact with him and promises him they will get his name off the list after the war so as to retroactively remove the black mark. He just has to do one teensy little thing first...

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''The Counterfeit Traitor'' is a dramatized version of a book, which itself was a true story. In Stockholm in 1942, naturalized American-born Swede Eric Erickson finds out that he has been put on a US blacklist for "trading with the enemy". As he's faced with this unappetizing mark on his record, British Intelligence makes contact with him and promises him they will get his name off the list after the war so as to retroactively remove the black mark. He just has to do one teensy little thing first...firstů



* TheChessmaster: Gilbert aka "Dallas". [[spoiler:By making sure Erickson knows he has a recording of their first little chat, he has his bases covered should Erickson balk at what he does. He also instructs Erickson on the general path to take in ingratiating himself to German officials.]]

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* TheChessmaster: Gilbert aka "Dallas". [[spoiler:By making sure Erickson knows he has a recording of their first little chat, he has his bases covered should Erickson balk at what he does. He also instructs Erickson on the general path to take in ingratiating himself to German officials.]]


* MagnificentBastard: Eric becomes this as he picks up some of the necessary tricks of an espionage agent, [[spoiler:in one case convincing a Gestapo agent in Sweden - who has been apparently taking bribes by cashing what he thought were legitimate gambling wins from the checks Eric wrote - that the Allies have no problem "burning" him to the Gestapo if Eric gets busted. The moment of awesome comes in Eric's parting shot: "You didn't honestly think I was ''that'' bad a bridge player, did you?"]]

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* MagnificentBastard: [[invoked]]MagnificentBastard: Eric becomes this as he picks up some of the necessary tricks of an espionage agent, [[spoiler:in one case convincing a Gestapo agent in Sweden - who has been apparently taking bribes by cashing what he thought were legitimate gambling wins from the checks Eric wrote - that the Allies have no problem "burning" him to the Gestapo if Eric gets busted. The moment of awesome comes in Eric's parting shot: "You didn't honestly think I was ''that'' bad a bridge player, did you?"]]


* FemmeFataleSpy: [[spoiler:Frau Marianne Moellendorf, to Eric's surprise, turns out to be the British agent in Berlin.]]



* MataHari: [[spoiler:Frau Marianne Moellendorf, to Eric's surprise, turns out to be the British agent in Berlin.]]


In Stockholm in 1942, naturalized American-born Swede Eric Erickson has been put on a US blacklist for "trading with the enemy". As he's faced with this unappetizing mark on his record, British Intelligence makes contact with him and promises him they will get his name off the list after the war so as to retroactively remove the black mark. He just has to do one teensy little thing first...

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In Stockholm in 1942, naturalized American-born Swede Eric Erickson finds out that he has been put on a US blacklist for "trading with the enemy". As he's faced with this unappetizing mark on his record, British Intelligence makes contact with him and promises him they will get his name off the list after the war so as to retroactively remove the black mark. He just has to do one teensy little thing first...

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* KickTheDog: Given that Eric has to travel throughout Nazi Germany, he no doubt has witnessed these moments. One which the film shows, is how the Nazis deal with a sit-down strike. [[spoiler:The Polish indentured workers want better food. The Gestapo dispense with the niceties and kill one of them as an example to the rest.]]


** [[spoiler:Invoked when Eric's Jewish friend realizes Eric's behavior is probably not motivated out of genuine spite or malice; he writes a letter in which he tells Eric, "I shall consider our friendship only temporarily suspended".]]

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** [[spoiler:Invoked when Eric's Jewish friend realizes Eric's behavior is probably not motivated out of genuine spite or malice; he writes a letter in which he tells Eric, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "I shall consider our friendship only temporarily suspended".suspended"]].]]


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:There appears to be a throwaway line about Eric's dental records early in the film. As it turns out, the records are crucial to authenticating him when he needs help from a deep cover agent in Germany.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:There appears to be a throwaway line about Eric's dental records early in the film. ]] As it turns out, the records are crucial to authenticating him when he Eric needs help from a deep cover agent in Germany.]]Germany, he is authenticated using those records.


In Stockholm in 1942, naturalized American-born Swede Eric Erickson has been put on a US blacklist for "trading with the enemy". As he's faced with this unappetizing mark on his record, British Intelligence makes contact with him and promises him they will get his name off the list after the war so as to retroactively remove the black mark.

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In Stockholm in 1942, naturalized American-born Swede Eric Erickson has been put on a US blacklist for "trading with the enemy". As he's faced with this unappetizing mark on his record, British Intelligence makes contact with him and promises him they will get his name off the list after the war so as to retroactively remove the black mark. He just has to do one teensy little thing first...


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Eric starts out at the "cynic" end of things, but later, [[spoiler:motivated in part by Marianne's far more idealistic motives for spying for the Allies, he moves to the idealistic end himself.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Eric starts out at the "cynic" end of things, but later, [[spoiler:motivated in part by Marianne's far more idealistic motives for spying for the Allies, Allies,]] he moves to the idealistic end himself.]]


* OvertRendezvous: Eric has to occasionally contact people in public gatherings. [[spoiler:As one example, in the guise of an extramarital affair, Marianne and Eric exchange vital intelligence while appearing to be hitting on each other at a party hosted by Albert Speer and Joseph Goebbels, no less.]]

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* OvertRendezvous: Eric has to occasionally contact people in public gatherings. [[spoiler:As one example, in the guise of an extramarital affair, Marianne and Eric exchange vital intelligence while appearing to be hitting on each other at a party hosted by [[EvilMinions Albert Speer and Joseph Goebbels, Goebbels]], no less.]]


* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: [[spoiler:Oldenbourg invokes this when Eric openly admits he's working with the Allies.]]

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* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: IllPretendIDidntHearThat:
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[[spoiler:Oldenbourg invokes this when Eric openly admits he's working with the Allies.]]
** [[spoiler:Invoked when Eric's Jewish friend realizes Eric's behavior is probably not motivated out of genuine spite or malice; he writes a letter in which he tells Eric, "I shall consider our friendship only temporarily suspended".
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* TheChessmaster: Gilbert. [[spoiler:By making sure Erickson knows he has a recording of their first little chat, he has his bases covered should Erickson balk at what he does. He also instructs Erickson on the general path to take in ingratiating himself to German officials.]]

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* TheChessmaster: Gilbert.Gilbert aka "Dallas". [[spoiler:By making sure Erickson knows he has a recording of their first little chat, he has his bases covered should Erickson balk at what he does. He also instructs Erickson on the general path to take in ingratiating himself to German officials.]]


* MagnificentBastard: Eric becomes this as he picks up some of the necessary tricks of an espionage agent, [[spoiler:in one case convincing a Gestapo agent in Sweden - who has been apparently taking bribes by cashing what he thought were legitimate gambling wins - that the Allies have no problem "burning" him to the Gestapo if Eric gets busted. The moment of awesome comes in Eric's parting shot: "You didn't honestly think I was ''that'' bad a bridge player, did you?"]]

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* MagnificentBastard: Eric becomes this as he picks up some of the necessary tricks of an espionage agent, [[spoiler:in one case convincing a Gestapo agent in Sweden - who has been apparently taking bribes by cashing what he thought were legitimate gambling wins from the checks Eric wrote - that the Allies have no problem "burning" him to the Gestapo if Eric gets busted. The moment of awesome comes in Eric's parting shot: "You didn't honestly think I was ''that'' bad a bridge player, did you?"]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:There appears to be a throwaway line about Eric's dental records early in the film. As it turns out, the records are crucial to authenticating him when he needs help from a deep cover agent in Germany.]]

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