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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John Madden

Writers:

Matthew Vaughn (screenplay), Jane Goldman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Rachel Singer
Tom Wilkinson ... Stephan Gold
Ciarán Hinds ... David Peretz
Romi Aboulafia ... Sarah Gold
Tomer Ben David Tomer Ben David ... Sarah's Husband
Ohev Ben David Ohev Ben David ... Sarah's Son
Jonathan Uziel ... Mossad Agent
Elana Kivity Davenport Elana Kivity Davenport ... Publisher
Eli Zohar Eli Zohar ... Stephan's Driver
Irén Bordán ... Seminar Moderator (Tel Aviv 1997)
Jessica Chastain ... Young Rachel
Marton Csokas ... Young Stephan
Sam Worthington ... Young David
Jesper Christensen ... Doktor Bernhardt / Dieter Vogel
Brigitte Kren ... Frau Bernhardt / Nurse
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Storyline

The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel Singer (Dame Helen Mirren) and Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David Peretz (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 Dieter 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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Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson have both appeared in films based on DC comics that features Batman, (Justice League (2017) and Batman Begins (2005) respectively). See more »

Goofs

The Ukrainian newspaper page that Helen is looking at has been written with many misspellings. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Deutschland Uber Alles
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Written by Joseph Haydn and lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (uncredited)
Sung by Marton Csokas
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Great suspense and some genuine surprises.
5 September 2011 | by Adam FrischSee all my reviews

The Debt is a Nazi hunt/spy thriller all rolled into one and it's nice to see a classic thriller that takes the subject matter seriously and relies on suspense to keep us in its grip. I was at the edge of my seat for most of the time and there's plenty of surprising turns in the story to keep even the most jaded enthralled.

Most of todays inept filmmakers rely on blowing stuff up hoping that this will count as suspense. It also is such a breath of fresh air in an appalling year of C -grade superhero movies and obscure comic book adaptations. Hopefully this does well so Hollywood can go back to making well written thrillers and dramas like they used to.

Best suspense thriller of 2011 so far.


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USA | UK | Hungary | Israel

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Debt See more »

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Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,909,499, 4 September 2011

Gross USA:

$31,177,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,636,368
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2.35 : 1
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