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The Debt -- The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug. Two friends begin a business venture of importing Italian scooters into Poland. With no collateral, they turn to a Russian acquaintance that offers money and support in the beginning and then inexplicably turns violent and vicious. Tension mounts as the two friends begin to understand what must be done. Based on a true story, The Debt is a terrifying tale of ordinary men pushed to their limit.


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Krzysztof Krauze (writer)
Jerzy Morawski (writer)
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19 November 1999 (Poland) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Robert Gonera ... Adam Borecki
Jacek Borcuch ... Stefan Kowalczyk

Andrzej Chyra ... Gerard Nowak

Cezary Kosinski ... Tadeusz Frei
Joanna Szurmiej ... Basia
Agnieszka Warchulska ... Jola
Joanna Kurowska ... Pregnant Woman
Slawomira Lozinska ... Adam's Mother
Krzysztof Gordon ... Adam's Father
Przemyslaw Modliszewski ... Young
Maria Robaszkiewicz ... Basia's Mother
Edyta Bach ... Joanna
Jakub Bach ... Jurek
Ewa Kania ... Bank Clerk
Katarzyna Trzcinska ... Gerard's Wife
Izabela Kuna ... Matczak's Wife

Slawomir Józwik ... Matczak
Maciej Szary ... Department Director
Katarzyna Tatarak ... Police Officer
Aleksander Mikolajczak ... Police Detective
Maciej Karpinski ... Restaurant Owner
Jerzy Gudejko ... Doctor
Jowita Budnik ... Laundry Girl (as Jowita Miondlikowska)
Aleksandra Niespielak ... Tadeusz's Girlfriend
Józef Mika ... Stefan's Boss
Andrzej Andrzejewski
Jaroslaw Budnik ... Policeman
Roman Bugaj ... Thug
Marzena Chmielewicz
Tomasz Gesikowski ... Policeman

Henryk Golebiewski ... Builder
Marcin Jamkowski
Dawid Kaszlikowski ... Stefan's Friend
Pawel Kleszcz
Mariusz Liedel ... Thug
Edyta Lukaszewicz-Lisowska
Wojciech Nieradzki ... Police Officer
Tomasz Nowosielski
Malgorzata Prazmowska ... Elderly Lady (as Malgorzata Prazmowska-Jakubiec)
Jerzy Próchnicki ... Tadeusz's Client
Malgorzata Rozniatowska ... Nurse
Patrycja Sewerynska
Jakub Snochowski ... Waiter
Robert Wabich ... Builder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanna Borer ... Waitress (uncredited)
Maria Maj ... Woman on the Phone (uncredited)
Marta Wisniewska ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Krzysztof Krauze 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Krzysztof Krauze  writer
Jerzy Morawski  writer

Produced by
Juliusz Machulski .... producer
Original Music by
Michal Urbaniak 
Cinematography by
Bartosz Prokopowicz 
Film Editing by
Krzysztof Szpetmanski 
Production Design by
Magdalena Dipont 
Set Decoration by
Magdalena Dipont 
Costume Design by
Elzbieta Radke 
Production Management
Tadeusz Drewno .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Waldemar Prokopowicz .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wieslaw Znyk .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremiasz Prokopowicz .... assistant camera

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Also Known As:
"Dlug" - Poland (original title)
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106 min
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Not an easy movie to watch, but it is a true masterpiece., 17 June 2000
Author: Andrzej Gorecki from Melbourne, Australia

Based on true events, the movie shows the dilemma faced by law-abiding people confronted by ruthless, petty criminals. The Police is simply not interested - there is not enough evidence to get a conviction, so why bother. In the meantime, the victims and their families are being gradually destroyed as the criminals are trying to force them to re-pay an imaginary debt. This movie will make you think - how would you react - what would you do differently to avoid the final tragedy. Excellent acting, strong plot, high quality DVD with excellent English subtitles - well worth watching.

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