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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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'You Jews only know how to die, you don't know how to kill.' : The Surgeon of Birkenau See more (7 total) »



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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
'You Jews only know how to die, you don't know how to kill.' : The Surgeon of Birkenau, 18 September 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

This 2007 original version of the film currently in the theaters with an entirely new cast and crew and know as THE DEBT is the version written by Ido Rubenstien and writer/director Assaf Bernstein: their story and screen play were the nidus for the current version. This version HA HOV is in Hebrew and German with English subtitles and because this viewer has not seen the current THE DEBT in the theaters it is difficult to compare the two. That really is not a significant matter as HA HOV stands solidly on its own as a brilliant film.

The film opens at a gala party in Israel where Rachel Brenner (Gila Almagor) is being honored again for her role in ending the life of the infamous 'surgeon of Birkenau' who during WW II did heinous experiments on human beings in the camps of Birkinau, including being responsible for the death of Rachel's mother. But news arrives that at all old folks home in the Ukraine that the surgeon is still alive: the three Mossad agents (Rachel - played at the young age by Neta Garty, Zvi - Itay Tiran, and Ehud - Oded Teomi) in 1965, Mossad agents sent to capture the surgeon erroneously allowed him to escape and promising to keep their secret, told the papers that he committed suicide. Rachel, Zvi and Ehud decide they must complete their broken mission and go to the Ukraine, fine the surgeon and kill him. Zvi and Ehud are not up to the task, so it is left to Rachel to finish their mission. The suspenseful hunt and chase is how the mission is accomplished.

The manner in which the film is set into motion is a seamless interchange of the years 1944 during the war and the black and white images of the concentration camps, and 1965 when the three young Mossad agents captured the surgeon (and their interaction with him before his escape) and the present when the now 60ish Rachel carries out her duty. It is chilling, rich in character development, and maintains a degree of tension that is almost unbearable at times. But the other aspect of this film that keeps it form being yet another memoir of the mistreatment of the Jews in WW II is the element of humanity in each of the three Mossad agents as they deal with their task and yet interact with the evil and warped surgeon. This is a very strong film, one that deserves an audience at least equal to those who have seen or will see THE DEBT.

Grady Harp

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