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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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Sarah Gold
Tomer Ben David ...
Sarah's Husband
Ohev Ben David ...
Sarah's Son
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Mossad Agent
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Eli Zohar ...
Stephan's Driver
Irén Bordán ...
Seminar Moderator (Tel Aviv 1997)
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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

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

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31 August 2011 (USA)  »

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Al filo de la mentira  »

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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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Tom Wilkinson and Ciarán Hinds had both worked previously with Helen Mirren on the TV hit series Prime Suspect (1991) Wilkinson in season 1, and Hinds in season 3. Hinds had also worked with Mirren on The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and they played husband and wife in Calendar Girls (2003). See more »

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The ambulance in 1967 has a blue lightbar, which was not introduced until the 1990s. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: La despedida de David (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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Great Movie
24 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

A movie that is entirely driven by the plot is refreshing these days. The script is well written and the acting very good. The dialog and interaction between the Dr. form Birkenau and the more troubled of the 3 young agents builds up in great narrative drama. The twists in the plot keep coming. Everything falls into place, even the somber air of the characters at the start of the movie. To me, the movie really starts with the first twist in the story, a good 45 minutes into the film. Your mind has got to reset the sequence. I thought this is getting interesting.

Will those who you love the most, prefer your trophies or your truth? Mirren's character choice was clear. I enjoyed this film very much, it does actually make you think. How often does that happen these days?


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