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The Debt (2010)

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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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Sarah Gold
Tomer Ben David ...
Sarah's Husband
Ohev Ben David ...
Sarah's Son
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Mossad Agent
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Eli Zohar ...
Stephan's Driver
Irén Bordán ...
Seminar Moderator (Tel Aviv 1997)
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Frau Bernhardt / Nurse
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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

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

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31 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al filo de la mentira  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,949,109, 4 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,177,548, 3 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,636,368, 3 October 2011
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Trivia

This is the second movie Ciarán Hinds has played a Mossad agent. The first time was in Munich (2005). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, shown to be in 1966, as the ramp to the cargo plane opens there are three vehicles, two cars and a truck, seen coming toward the plane. One car is a period-correct 1966 Chevrolet, but the other is an early 1980s Oldsmobile. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.199 (2011) See more »

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Written by Gerhard Narholz (as Otto Sieben), Joachim Relin
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Enjoyable diverting - but not much more.
1 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

A remake of the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, John Madden's Westernised take on the gritty espionage thriller is enjoyably diverting, if not much more. Tracking three Mossad agents across two timeframes – as young adults they embark on a perilous mission to capture a serial killing Nazi surgeon, 30 years later they revisit their haunted memories – there's plenty going on story-wise. However it lacks that required edge to elevate it into spellbinding territory, largely due to the uninspiring way it's shot and presented. The impressive line-up of actors don't disappoint; Martin Csokas, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain gel naturally as the inexperienced spies, whilst Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds and Helen Mirren add enormous clout as their elderly counterparts. Could've been better, could've been worse; a mixed affair really.


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