The Debt

August 31st 2011
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 114 min,
  • Focus Features
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Marton Csokas, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Romi Aboulafia, Adar Beck, Nitzan Sharron, Alexander E. Fennon
  • Director: John Madden
  • Writers: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Peter Straughan, Assaf Bernstein, Ido Rosenblum
  • Producers: Eduardo Rossoff, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn
  • Co Producer: Mairi Bett
  • Executive Producers: Eitan Evan, Tarquin Pack
  • Art Direction: Peter Francis
  • Casting: Michelle Guish
  • Costume Design: Natalie Ward
  • D.O.P.: Ben Davis
  • Editor: Alexander Berner
  • Makeup: Daniel Phillips
  • Music: Thomas Newman
  • Production Design: Jim Clay
  • Set Decoration: John Bush


Based on the 2007 Israeli film “Ha-Hov”, this is the powerful story of Rachel Singer, a former Mossad agent who endeavored to capture and bring to trial a notorious Nazi war criminal—the Surgeon of Birkenau—in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin.

Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has surfaced, and Rachel must go back to Eastern Europe to uncover the truth. Overwhelmed by haunting memories of her younger self and her two fellow agents, the still-celebrated heroine must relive the trauma of those events and confront the debt she has incurred.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Budapest, Hungary; London, UK; Tel Aviv, Israel
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence and language
  • Production Companies: Marv Films, Pioneer Pictures
  • Production Schedule: February 2009 - June 2009

Featured Articles


2011 Guide Analysis: "A victim of the delays pertaining to Miramax's closure and change of ownership, this remake of Assaf Bernstein's acclaimed 2007 Israeli film apparently sticks fairly close to its originator with just a slight polish by Peter Straughan ("The Men Who Stare at Goats") and Matthew Vaughn ("Kick Ass," "Stardust") to adjust it for Western audiences. Director John Madden shot this in London & Hungary almost two years ago and early last year it looked like this was being setup as a potential awards candidate with a release being targeted for this week in fact.

Plans changed however after a bow at the Toronto Film Festival yielded mixed reviews. Madden's direction, the performance by Jessica Chastain, and the story were well received. The opening hour in particular was praised for creating tension and suspense even during a long stretch set entirely within a small apartment. However the last act is said to have some big credibility issues and a love triangle subplot that doesn't work. While it may not be awards worthy, it still seems to be considered an above average thriller that's worth checking out - that is one day when it's finally scheduled for a release by whomever now owns it."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 June 2011: France
  • 13 July 2011: Kazakhstan
  • 14 July 2011: Russia
  • 31 August 2011: India
  • 8 September 2011: Spain
  • 16 September 2011: Italy
  • 22 September 2011: Germany
  • 28 September 2011: Belgium
  • 29 September 2011: Netherlands
  • 30 September 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 14 October 2011: Poland
  • 17 November 2011: Hungary
  • 1 December 2011: Portugal
  • 12 January 2012: Singapore