The Debt

The Debt

L'affaire Rachel Singer

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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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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greatflicks
Nov 30, 2016

A bit difficult to follow at times but a decent movie. No awards for this one but at the end found it to come together.

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bobbles1
Oct 02, 2016

This is a very good movie, psychological thriller with a great cast, Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, etc.....three Mossad agents go to Berlin to capture the Butcher of Birkenau and transport him to Israel for trial shortly after WW2, but the plan goes off the rails and they have to cope....how they cope is the theme of the tale, good stuff.....

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 21, 2016

I like this movie verrrry much. I like the idea, the characters and, of course, the ending. This movie is about a woman named Rachel, who was sent on a mission 20 years ago with two men David and Stephan. The reason that they were sent was to kill a crazy doctor who was doing experiments on people. I won't continue so you can enjoy it and be excited for the ending. This movie is appropriate for 13 years and over and I give this movie 7.5/10.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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firefly5
Apr 06, 2016

Very good and well acted movie. Helen Mirren is fantastic, as always. I found this movie to be believable and I sympathize with people who did the work they did and the secrets they had to keep.

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readerjoce
Jul 01, 2015

Good writing but the plot was a little hard to follow. Cast uniformly good.

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MichelleinBallard
Mar 08, 2015

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.

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ermadick
Feb 27, 2015

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.

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tik128
Apr 24, 2014

Waste my time watching kept forwarding till 1hr21m thought it bcame interesting. Not a good movie

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2014

Here is the original Ha-Hov in German:

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

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aqiva
Oct 22, 2013

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.

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