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The Debt (1993)

Unrated | | Short, Drama | 25 March 1994 (Portugal)
A yuppie pair slides into crisis due to catastrophes which are reported to them via telephone. A salesman appears at their door ...


Bruno de Almeida


Steven Ausbury
8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Scott Renderer Scott Renderer ... Bill Kosnick
Kristen Johnston ... Alice Kosnick
Paul Lazar ... The Salesman
Stephen Auditore Stephen Auditore ... The Landlord (voice)
Dave Shelley Dave Shelley ... Man from Collection Agency (voice)
Marianne Weems Marianne Weems ... Female Boss (voice)
Kate Valk Kate Valk ... French Lover (voice)
Jed Cooper Jed Cooper ... Insurance Salesman (voice)
Tracy Barnett Tracy Barnett ... New York Telephone Operator (voice)


In the midst of the current recession, a series of disastrous telephone messages triggers a major domestic crisis fro the Kosnicks, a yuppie couple at the end of their rope. In the height of their despair, a door-to-door salesman tries to sell them a book about positive thinking, but for the Kosnicks it may be too late... Written by <arcofilms@worldnet.att.net>

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Time is money...and this yuppie couple just ran out of both.


Short | Drama


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Portugal | USA



Release Date:

25 March 1994 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dívida See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arco Films, Hora Magica See more »
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The National Debt Clock was located on 6th Avenue, a block from Times Square in New York City, since February 20, 1989. Since the film was made, the clock was discontinued (2000-2002, and briefly in 2008), moved to three other locations, and changed it's technology and shape. See more »

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An ingenious short film.
30 November 2000 | by agarcia999See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see "the Debt" on Bravo a few years ago. I was blown away by the concise story, impressive storytelling, and beautiful photography and have been searching for information on the film ever since. I don't know if it's available at all, but it's a bravura short and deserves to get more play. Kudos to Mr. Almeida.

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