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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

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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

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

The pistol used by Jessica Chastain as Young Rachel (Berlin 1965) is a Beretta 70S. See more »

Goofs

The junction box where Stephan listens into the emergency call from Dr. Bernhardt's office is marked "DDR Telekommunikation". The term "Telekommunikation" wasn't in use in German speaking countries before the 1990s. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Soundtracks

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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Dull
8 October 2011 | by tempestrogerSee all my reviews

A plodding plot, dull dialogue and cardboard characters made this a boring evening. Does Mossad really recruit self-obsessed inadequates from soap operas? The film starts with a confusing series of action sequences posing unanswered questions, which I found irritating. It then proceeds to an over-long and pedantic account of the bungled kidnapping of a Nazi war criminal, who is the standard stock Nazi. At least the same cannot be said of the Mossad agents, who would be more at home in Eastenders - emotional turmoil and histrionics prevail and the situation deteriorates into total catastrophe.

However have to say that my wife liked it!


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