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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.

Director:

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 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 (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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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

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USA | UK | Hungary | Israel

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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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

The depiction of the train station Wollankstraße is completely wrong. The train station Wollankstraße was in fact located in the Soviet sector of Berlin but as the main entrance was located in the west sector it was used as a station for West Berlin operated by East Berlin personnel. So trains did not run through like they did at other transit stations but rather stopped there allowing people to embark or disembark. Also, the train station in the movie has overhead lines, while the real Wollankstraße is an S-Bahn station which uses a third rail, meaning that neither the station nor the trains are correct. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.187 (2012) See more »

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Deutschland Uber Alles
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Written by Franz Joseph Haydn and lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (uncredited)
Sung by Marton Csokas
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A debt of gratitude for an enjoyable movie
10 September 2011 | by facebook-124-955845See all my reviews

It's always nice when you see a movie trailer that looks pretty good, and then when you see the movie it far exceeds your expectations. The Debt, a remake of a 2007 Israeli movie of the same name, is a suspenseful espionage thriller about a team of Israeli Mossad agents as they attempt to track down "the Surgeon of Birkenau". The movie incorporates flashbacks and flash-forwards in a controllable fashion, with approximately half the movie taking place in 1966 and the other half taking place in 1997. The film is based on a screenplay co-written by Jane Goldman and frequent co-collaborator, Matthew Vaughn, a rising star known for his writing and directing of films such as the underrated Kick -Ass and the 2011 summer hit X-Men: First Class. Director John Madden, best known for his Oscar winning movie Shakespeare in Love, crafts an intriguing film that although predictable at times keeps you engaged. In The Debt, Madden has made some great choices in casting; beginning with Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson, both of whom provide stellar performances. Jessica Chastain, Martin Csokas, and Sam Worthington, although not having any Oscar nominations of their own, give captivating performances during the movie's most brooding scenes.

I enjoy espionage films, such as Munich, Spy Game and North by Northwest, immensely. The Debt's strength, much like those other three films, is that it's character and story driven and not dependant on action or special effects to maintain its viewers. The pacing is steady and there's a lot of intensity as the agents attempt to accomplish their mission. The subject matter of the film is a dark one, and that's reflected in the film. Unlike your neighborhood police department or county sheriff's department, intelligence agencies do whatever is necessary to get the result they are seeking; such as some uncomfortable visits, for the patient as well as the viewer, with Dr. Bernhardt, played disturbingly by Jesper Christensen The movie kept me intrigued throughout, and I find myself often sliding up to the edge of my seat, unable to tear my eyes away from what was happening. As the film drew to a close, most questions are answered and closure is provided, unlike just about every other movie made today.

Grade: B+

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