The Debt

The Debt

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?
Publisher: Montreal, Quebec :, Alliance Films,, c2011
Copyright Date: ©2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Blu Ray) (approximately 114 mins.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, rda
2.40:1 widescreen, rda
1080p, rda
Blu-ray, NTSC, rda
video file, Blu-ray, dual layer, 50 GB, region A, rda

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GiovanniS
Oct 10, 2020

Enjoyable movie with allot of white knuckle twists and turns throughout and a reveal that would make you want to see it at least another time. It comes across like some sort of true story but it's essentially a fictional Nazi-hunter type of story gone bad. The very meaning of the title "The Debt" is nuanced, but when it clicks, its a very deep meaning in the context of what has gone on once you get the reveal. Reminds me of the movie "Never Look Away" 2018 which I saw earlier this year with dealt with similar themes.

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ghueyplath58
Oct 05, 2020

This movie took a while to get interesting. But was worth the wait. Fine performance by Helen Mirren. I found Tom's performance trite. The female characters were the most tautly and believably played. The Nazi Doctor was malevolently manipulative and evil. Jessica Chastain performance was the standout. Playing the literal bait for the Doctor to interact with so that they could entrap him like the vile rat he was. That was the most compelling nerve-wracking ,chilling part of the movie for me. She was in a doctor's office...but I felt more like a shabby room in a concentration camp.

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BBRUTTIG
Apr 11, 2019

A very good thriller about young Israeli Mossad agents capturing a Nazi doctor and getting him out of East Berlin in the early 1960's; what went wrong and how they lived after the mission.

Excellent cast, story and plot. Thrilling, engrossing and "edge of your seat" watchable.

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BBRUTTIG
Mar 30, 2019

A solid movie about the capture of a Nazi doctor in 1960 and its subsequent public perception and legend. A very well done thriller and story. Helen Mirren & fellow actors are great.

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akirakato
Feb 12, 2019

Directed by John Madden in 2010 as a British-American remake of the 2007 Israeli film, this thriller delves into the mission to capture Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel infamously known as "The Surgeon of Birkenau" for his medical experiments on Jews during World War II and to bring him to Israel to face justice.
The film switches back and forth between the past and the present.
It would seem much better if it had remained entirely in the past.
It appears quite interesting that Dr. Vogel criticizes the Jewish passivity by his own resistance as he fights against his captors, kicking, spitting in their faces, laughing at their authority, and ultimately escaping.
Vogel does everything that the Jews had not done in their captivity during the WWII while asking you how come the Jews could not fight back and escape the camp.

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mr_chocolate
Dec 21, 2018

A very good film! Well acted, well written, well directed and is historical fiction tense drama. The story is revealed through present day events, mixed with 30 year-old flash backs, which makes the three main character acted by two sets of three people.
Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky: 2015; Trumbo: 2015; Collateral Beauty: 2016), and Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloan: 2016; The Zookeeper's Wife: 2017; Molly's Game: 2017) are amazing in playing the younger and older character.
The extras are not that much more than a recap of the film, but does have Helen Mirren reflecting on the story.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Mar 28, 2018

Suspenseful story, but something's missing in the telling. It's hard to put your finger on it, but I was left not really caring enough about the main characters, perhaps because of its "revenge is necessary" plot. Also, not all the protagonists were likable. I agree that Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, but without more backstory I didn't really think this film got the message across.

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Reading_Right
Mar 23, 2018

Complete Follywood Horse$hit from beginning to end.
Every bit of it!

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reginator_22
Jan 29, 2018

Such a solid movie.

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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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reginator_22
Jan 29, 2018

Doktor Bernhardt: Do it. You want to do it... Do it.

Young Rachel: [finishes shaving his neck]

Doktor Bernhardt: That's right. I'd forgotten. You Jews never knew how to kill. Only how to die.

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