The Debt

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Debt
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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?


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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... Read More »


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Mar 08, 2015
  • MichelleinBallard rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It's far-fetched to think that three people who've joined the Mossad, an organization whose stock in trade is dishonesty--see e.g. the Lavon Affair or ask Mordechai Vanunu or Victor Ostrovsky--would be so troubled by the truth. Their whole operation in Berlin was built on deception and assuming false identities. The country they serve is built on lies: the chosen people, promised land, "a land without a people for a people without a land," most moral army in the world, only democracy in the Middle East, etc. ad nauseum. In this regard, the only believable Israeli main character in the whole movie is Stephan.

Feb 27, 2015
  • ermadick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I knew nothing of the original movie or the story. In spite of the negative comments, it was a heart stopper movie for me. This is a true suspense movie, whether the story is true or not. I chose it because Helen Mirren was in the movie.

This is a sad story, but was worth watching. The message:
Not telling the truth can often have devastating lifelong results.

Jan 12, 2015
  • noir125 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's like déjà vu, seeing the resemblance between Sam Worthington (as David Peretz in The Debt) and Michael Jayston (as Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) playing similar roles. It might be one actor playing both roles, except that production dates and age groups contradict each other.

Apr 24, 2014

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.

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