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The Debt

A movie directed by John Madden.

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'The Debt' 'Two Jews On Film' Find This Spy Thriller, Thrilling (Video)

  • Aug 26, 2011

Even the best secret agents carry a debt from a past mission. Rachael Singer must now face up to hers...

'The Debt' directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) is the story of what happens when the lie you've been living for decades finally catches up to you. What do you do?

The year is 1997. Rachel (Helen Mirren) and her husband Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) retired Mossad secret agents learn that their former colleague, David (Claran Hinds) has killed himself...

Rachel sets out to find discover why David took his own life. We travel with her as she takes a journey into the past...Her past.

Rachel has buried her true emotions for years, never confronting the depths of her real feelings about people or events that have transpired in her life. And now...she's finally ready to do so.

In 1965 Rachel (now played by Jessica Chastain) is in East Berlin with her fellow Mossad agents...David (Sam Worthington) and Stephan (Marton Csokas). Their mission...to capture the Nazi war criminal Dr. Dieter Vogel (brilliantly played by Jesper Christensen) and bring him back to Israeli to stand trial. Vogel is known as the feared Surgeon of Birkenau.

Rachel sets herself up as bait in order to capture Vogel. The good doctor is now practicing medicine under an assumed name. Rachel becomes his patient pretending that she is having trouble getting pregnant. The look on Rachel's face every time this twisted evil man touches her, will have you squirming in your seat. I know I was.

It's during this mission that an unexpected love triangle grows between Rachel, David and Stephan. An affair that has consequences for years after.

'The Debt' is an old fashioned thriller. The suspense builds in and across two different time periods with startling action and surprising revelations.

I love a film that makes me think...makes me question...And this one does just that. The scenes between Dr. Vogel and his Jewish captors are some of the most intense I've seen on screen. It makes you wonder what you would do in this kind of a situation...How do you stop yourself from killing a monster? Why even bother?

The acting is brilliant...The story is compelling...and finally, 'Two Jews On Film' are in agreement. Check out our video to see how many bagels we gave 'The Debt'.

The film opens in theaters, Wednesday August 31, 2011. Don't miss it.

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
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March 30, 2012
The wife and I saw this one when it ran theatrically. I guess we liked it well enough. We didn't think it deserved all of the buzz it got -- a bit slow in a few sequences -- but it certainly was a solid outing. I recently received the original version it was based on, but I haven't watched it yet.
August 30, 2011
Wow! Sounds awesome. I can't wait to see it!
August 31, 2011
Love to know what you think
August 29, 2011
This sounds really good - great review!
August 29, 2011
Thank you sooo much. Have a great holiday weekend.
September 04, 2011
It is damn good, Brenda, I also recommend it.
September 04, 2011
September 05, 2011
I've only seen the preview 2 times and it was brief; would have missed it entirely if I had not read the review--this one is on my list for sure! Thank you..
September 05, 2011
Let me know what you think.
August 27, 2011
Hi, Joan and John! I so want to see this...Thanks for the review! I am still on vacation but wanted to drop by to say hello....thanks!
August 27, 2011
Hope you're having a great time. John and I actually agreed. Gave it an equal bagel rating.
September 04, 2011
Ok, I finally saw this yesterday and we rated it the same.
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review by . September 04, 2011
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I go to movies all the time while in release, one to two a week. Seeing Jessica Chastain in both The Help, and Tree of Life, made me decide to see The Debt, my favorite moviegoing experience of the year.     Director John Madden directed Shakespeare in Love which won 7 Academy Awards including, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. He also directed Prime Suspect 3 starring both Helen Mirren and Ciaran Hinds, who both star in The Debt; and …
review by . August 31, 2011
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THE DEBT Written by Matthew Vaughan, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan Directed by John Madden Starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Tom Wilkinson   Stephan Gold: Truth is a luxury.   Debt has always been something of a dirty word but hopefully the anxiety it inspires in people won’t keep them away from the new John Madden film, entitled THE DEBT. Those who do see it will be swept up in a whole other kind of restless stress, the kind only a good thriller …
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The Debt, an exceptional thriller, works on many levels. Its structure has just enough pay-attention moments that some viewers will be confused if they don’t. That’s big plus for me. The plot is about a search by three Mossad agents for a Nazi war criminal, the Surgeon of Birkenau. They plan to take him alive and return with him to Israel to stand trial. There are tense, queasy scenes that range from gynecology exams to insidious attempts to undermine the three by the doctor. There is …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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Director: John Madden
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 31 August 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
Runtime: UK: 114 min(theatrical version)
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