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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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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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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Tense Israeli thriller that is about to be remade in Hollywood., 1 June 2011
Author: Tom Dooley from London, United Kingdom

This is a sort of re-release (on DVD as of May 2011) of an Israeli film made originally in 2007. It has garnered new attention as it is has been remade in America and will star Helen Mirren in the fall as Americans say. It tells the story of three Mossad agents who in 1964, are sent on a mission to capture 'The Surgeon of Birkenau'. He is currently practising as a gynaecologist in Berlin, and is wanted for monstrous experimental operations on Jews during WWII (that is why there is a big Swastika on the front).

The film starts in 2007 when Gila Almagor as Rachel Brener is publishing her account of their mission and is being lauded as a National heroine for her part in bringing Nazis to justice. However, it is all a whopping big lie. Told in flashback we see what really occurred back in 1964 and how despite capturing 'The Surgeon' Max Rainer (Edgar Selge); he manages to play mind games and sow confusion leading to his escape.

They decide that he will now go underground and they may as well say they killed him and got rid of the body. The snag comes when a senile old man in a retirement home in the Ukraine confesses that he is 'The Surgeon of Birkenau' and it gets into the papers. The three agents decide it is time to finish what they should have done over forty years ago.

This is a very well acted and scripted piece of cinema, and I laud Israel for continuing to make good films on limited budgets like 'The Bubble' etc. Also there is no recreation of Birkenau or flash backs to the war, so the Swastika on the artwork is slightly misleading. This is instead a tense thriller that really does carry you along. It did not get much of an airing on first release, so hopefully, with the renewed interest; it may get the attention it deserves.

In Hebrew with some German and Russian the sub titles are fairly accurate (the German and Russian anyway as my Hebrew is non existent) with a run time of just over 90 minutes, this is one you should see before it gets the Hollywood treatment.

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