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The Debt

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by Israel because of the secret mission that they embarked on for their country back in 1965-1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it?
Title: The debt
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2011
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Focus Features and Miramax present a Marv Films production ; screenplay by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan ; produced by Matthew Vaughn ... [et al.] ; directed by John Madden
Notes: Based on the film Ha-hov written by Assaf Bernstein and Ido Rosenblum
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2010
Bonus features: commentary with director John Madden and producer Kris Thykier; 3 featurettes: A look inside The debt; Every secret has a price: Helen Mirren in The debt; The Berlin affair: the triangle at the center of The debt
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by Israel because of the secret mission that they embarked on for their country back in 1965-1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it?
Additional Contributors: Madden, John - 1949- - Director
Vaughn, Matthew - 1971-
Goldman, Jane - 1970 June 11- - Author of screenplay
Straughan, Peter - Author of screenplay
Mirren, Helen - Actor
Worthington, Sam - 1976- - Actor
Chastain, Jessica - 1981- - Actor
Christensen, Jesper - 1948- - Actor
Csokas, Marton - 1966- - Actor
Hinds, Ciarán - 1953- - Actor
Wilkinson, Tom - 1948- - Actor
Focus Features
Miramax Films
Marv Films
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm)
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama DEBT
Credits: Director of photography, Ben Davis ; editor, Alexander Berner ; music, Thomas Newman.
Performers: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Martin Csokas, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson.
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1; anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1); dual-layer
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
English, French or Spanish dialogue; French or Spanish subtitles
Subject Headings: Israel. Mosad le-modiʻin ṿe-tafḳidim meyuḥadim Drama Spies Israel Drama Espionage Drama War criminals Germany Drama Espionaje Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Feature films
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Political films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Suspense films
Topical Term: Spies
Espionage
War criminals
Espionaje
Publisher No: 62119707 Universal
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Waste my time watching kept forwarding till 1hr21m thought it bcame interesting. Not a good movie

Jan 21, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Here is the original Ha-Hov in German:

http://sccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1489032016_the_debt

Oct 22, 2013
  • aqiva rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Another instance where the SPL catalog staff has failed to properly catalog the languages of a film in the collection: The catalog entry states the film is in English; nearly half of the film is in German and a smaller portion is in Russian. Unless one has a very large tv screen or computer monitor the director's sub-titles of the Russian and German dialogue will be very hard to read, at best: They are tiny. The English dialogue can be cc'd for the hearing impaired; those are in large, easy-to-read captions.
Both the director and screen writer fail to keep the storyline intact. It is frequently hard to follow characters: Characters are heard talking to another character but seem to have themselves mixed up who they are talking with. In one scene the two main male Mossad agents inexplicably morph into three: One plays the piano while two physically fight; this makes no sense. While opening scenes are stated (in barely readable director captions) to have taken place in a locale in a given year the characters, when aged, appear at least 10 years older than they should be: 1966 to 1997 is 31 years yet the agents change from their 20’s (of age) to look between their upper 60's at the youngest. If one wants to see a better movie about Israeli agents capturing a major Nazi war criminal, suggest complete a purchase recommendation for SPL to purchase The House on Garibaldi Street [on the capture of Adolph Eichmann in Buenos Aires]; that film is not currently in the collection.

Jul 14, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

May 04, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Clearly a hit piece on the Mossad, this movie has led some to think it was based on true events, which it was not. I was quite saddened to see a great actress such as Helen Mirren involved in this shameful scheme to denigrate the brave Mossad agents.

Apr 25, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an English remake of the Israeli film of the same name. I thought that the original was a little more tense in the stalking scenes in the second half. And I liked a couple of the Hitchcockian techniques that were included in the original. Also, I thought that the original Nazi "monster" was more threatening and evil.

Apr 25, 2013
  • Bohdan1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As somebody who had not seen the original, I liked this one. It takes a few good twists that certainly keeps one guessing. I recommend.

Jan 14, 2013
  • jhwendland rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The Debt is an overly ambitious remake that falls flat. The cast assembled is unquestionably talented but their onscreen characters offer nothing compelling. Awkward historical moralizing plays to cliches and perpetuates simplistic victim-perpetrator views of post-World War II anti-Semitism. A shorter runtime and smarter editing might have saved this one. If you're looking for another film on Mossad secret agents, pop in Munich.

Sep 29, 2012
  • massabielle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was steady and interesting and intelligent with good acting. Helen Mirren always brings it--she is so great to watch.

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