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The Debt -- In 1964, Rachel Brener, is one of three Mossad agents, who capture the "Surgeon of Birkenau", a monstrous Nazi war criminal. At the outskirts of Berlin, the three agents wait for their return to Israel in order to deliver "the Surgeon" for public trial.


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29 November 2007 (Israel) See more »
The year is 1965. Rachel Brener is one of 3 young Mossad agents teem who caught "The Surgeon of Birkenau"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Assaf Bernstein 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Assaf Bernstein 
Ido Rosenblum 

Produced by
Maxim Asadchiy .... line producer (as Maxim Asadchy)
Gregory Beckerman .... line producer
Assaf Bernstein .... co-producer
Leon Edery .... associate producer
Moshe Edery .... associate producer
Eitan Evan .... producer
Yaron Lemelbaum .... associate producer
Gadi Levy .... line producer
Orna Rice .... associate producer
Ido Rosenblum .... co-producer
Nirit Yaron .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Bar-Giora 
Cinematography by
Giora Bejach 
Film Editing by
Einat Glaser-Zarhin 
Casting by
Esther Kling 
Ella Smolenko 
Costume Design by
Inbal Shuki 
Art Department
Kevin Wheeler .... dressing propman
Sound Department
Aviv Aldema .... sound designer
Aviv Aldema .... sound re-recording mixer
Aviv Aldema .... supervising sound editor
Israel David .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Epstine .... boom operator
Neal Gibbs .... foley editor
Ronen Nagel .... dialogue editor
Gil Segal .... foley artist
Gil Segal .... foley editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Aviezer Dasberg .... gaffer
Yoni Hamenachem .... still photographer
Guy Ne'eman .... key grip
Mykola Yefymenko .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mykola Yefymenko .... photographer
Editorial Department
Nadav Lazar .... trailer editor

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100 min | 90 min
Color (Fujicolor) | Color
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 1997 Rachel appears to be right-handed, firing a gun, drinking, and holding a knife with her right hand. 1964 Rachel appears to be left-handed, writing, shaving, and holding a gun with her left hand.See more »
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Remade as The Debt (2010/I)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Solid, intelligent, but the rare case where I preferred the re-make, 21 October 2013
Author: runamokprods from US

The basis for the 2010 Hollywood remake, this is an intelligent and clever spy thriller, with interesting moral overtones. However, as rarely happens I personally slightly preferred the re- make.

I don't know if it was the acting, the writing or the directorial style, but for whatever reason I found myself both more moved and more chilled by the re-make. To be fair, that could be because I saw the re-make first, so knew the story, but this isn't really based on shocking twists, so I think the newer film simply worked better for me. In particular I found Helen Mirren more affecting than her Israeli counterpart, Gila Almagor.

That said, this is still a strong film, and there are a couple of very powerful scenes between the agents and their Nazi prey that beat out their counterparts in the re-make.. Worth seeing if you're into films enough that seeing two different versions of a good story is fun, not a chore.

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