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The Debt (I) (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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Frau Bernhardt / Nurse (Berlin 1965)


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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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


$31,146,570 (USA) (28 October 2011)

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The plane seen landing in the background during the agents' arrival scene at the beginning of the movie is an Antonov An-26 of the Hungarian Air Force with fake Israeli markings. See more »


In the mental hospital Rachel writes a note from right to left (presumably in Hebrew). The journalist reads the note from left to right. See more »


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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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