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In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.

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Tomer Ben David ...
Sarah's Husband (Tel Aviv 1997)
Ohev Ben David ...
Sarah's Son (Tel Aviv 1997)
Jonathan Uziel ...
Mossad Agent (Tel Aviv 1997)
Elana Kivity Davenport ...
Publisher (Tel Aviv 1997)
Eli Zohar ...
Stephan's Driver (Tel Aviv 1997)
Irén Bordán ...
Seminar Moderator (Tel Aviv 1997)
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Frau Bernhardt / Nurse (Berlin 1965)
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The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1965, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations. Written by Focus Features

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Every secret comes with a price

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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31 August 2011 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,949,109 (USA) (2 September 2011)

Gross:

$31,146,570 (USA) (28 October 2011)
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After watching this movie, Julia Roberts despairingly wanted to work with Jessica Chastain. See more »

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The junction box where Stephan listens into the emergency call from Dr. Bernhardt's office is marked "DDR Telekommunikation". The term "Telekommunikation" wasn't in use in German speaking countries before the 1990s. See more »

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Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Deutschland Uber Alles
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Written by Joseph Haydn
Sung by Marton Csokas
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The Debt owes me
31 August 2014 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The Debt owes me back the two hours of my life I spent watching this dumb film. I said this in my review of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" and I'll say it again here. When the storyline devolves into crap like this we have reached the point of diminishing returns on screenplays about things related to the Holocaust. The screenplay is full of stupid plot points that have either already been said a million times already or are completely irrelevant to this story. The story spans two generations and manages to say nothing important about either. Usually if I don't care for a film I won't bother to review it. When I really dislike a film I sometimes feel an obligation to review it and warn others. In this case I don't dislike it enough to shred it as it deserves. Just don't bother to see it. You won't have missed anything.


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