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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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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 »

Also Known As:

Al filo de la mentira See more »

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 laundry minivan that services the asylum has the plates belonged to the Kiev region, not the Vinnitsa where the asylum is located. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.199 (2011) See more »

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Written by Dol Dauber, Beda (Fritz Löhner-Beda)
Performed by Bruno Majcherek
Courtesy of Marlstone Music
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The Debt owes me
31 August 2014 | by hughman55See 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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