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The Debt [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005WKH33A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,738 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Debt fuses physical and moral peril as it fuses past and present. In the contemporary half of the story, ex-Mossad agent Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren) tells and retells the story of how she and her fellow agents David Peretz (Ciarán Hinds, Rome) and Stephan Gold (Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom) captured and killed a Nazi war criminal. But in flashbacks to Cold War East Berlin, younger versions of Rachel, David, and Stephan (Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Marton Csokas, respectively) play out a significantly different series of events--and the gap between past and present takes its toll on all three in different (and in one case gut-wrenching) ways. Though Mirren, Hinds, and Wilkinson are a powerhouse trio, it's the Cold War scenes that take hold of the viewer. Jesper Christensen (as the Nazi) invests his conversations with Chastain and Worthington with silky insinuation and taunting contempt, building a devastating suspense. Fans accustomed to Worthington in his action-movie roles (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) will be surprised by the gentle vulnerability he shows here, but it's Chastain (The Tree of Life) who captures the movie's emotional core. She and Mirren perform a strange collaboration that can only happen in the movies, building a fierce and brittle woman out of their complementary performances. --Bret Fetzer

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Format: Blu-ray
A young woman has written a book about her brave parents who captured and killed a Nazi war criminal. The details of the tale could have only come from her parents, which contradicts reality. The movie reminded me of my dad who told us kids WWII stories. Dad was stationed on a converted aircraft carrier which cruised off the coast of North Carolina. He never saw any action...but we heard stories about how his vessel (USS Solomon) captured a U-boat and how he worked on Ted Williams' airplane. There was a U-boat captured, but not by his ship and he did work on planes similar to that of Ted Williams. My sister believed every word and wrote a paper on WWII for her class based on my dad's inaccuracies. The teacher was a WWII buff and we then discovered dad was a BS artist. Imagine writing a book based on stories your parents tell you and selling it to the world!

Helen Mirren is a great actress and basically if she is in it, I am willing to watch it. The story of the killing, as related in the book is fairly simple. The Nazi was captured and tied up. He got loose, attacked Rachel Singer (Helen), gave her a facial scar and fled. As she was laying there in her own blood, she manages to pull out a small hand gun and shoot the fleeing Nazi in the back, from a considerable distance in my opinion, and kill him. But is that how it happened? That is what the movie is about. Jessica Chastain plays the young Rachel Singer as she teams up in Berlin with Sam Worthington and Marton Csokas to bring the evil Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen) to justice. As it turns out Dieter is now a gynecologist, so guess which of the three spies stages visits with him?

The film moves slow in many scenes. Helen Mirren is her classy self.
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 13 2011
I go to movies all the time while in release, one to two a week. Seeing Jessica Chastain in both The Help, and Tree of Life, made me decide to see The Debt, my favorite moviegoing experience of the year.

Director John Madden directed Shakespeare in Love which won 7 Academy Awards including, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. He also directed Prime Suspect 3 starring both Helen Mirren and Ciaran Hinds, who both star in The Debt; and a favorite of mine, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, starring Nicholas Cage, Penelope Cruz, And Christian Bale.

I did something I rarely do, I went back for a second look. I have also seen the original movie The Debt [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ] available on cable on demand.

The Debt parallels real events and characters. Mossad agents abducted Eichmann in Argentina in 1961, tried him in Israel, and executed him. The notorious Dr Mengele, the butcher of Auschwitz fled to South America, and narrowly escaped capture by Mossad in Argentina fleeing to Paraguay, and then Brazil. Birkenau is known also as Auschwitz Birkenau. Twenty four surgeons experimented on human captives, often performing unnecessary surgical operations without anaesthetic.

In 1965, a rookie Mossad agent played by Jessica Chastain, crosses Checkpoint Charlie and joins two male agents in East Berlin, to identify and kidnap the notorious surgeon of Birkenau, now a gynaecologist. She must pose as a patient, and subject herself to the cold probings of her intimate place by the butcher, and take close up photos without arousing suspicion.

Photographs of his terrible deeds haunt her and fill her with apprehension and fear. In his office photos of smiling babies decorate his waiting room wall.
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 26 2012
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I go to movies all the time while in release, one to two a week. Seeing Jessica Chastain in both The Help, and Tree of Life, made me decide to see The Debt.

Director John Madden directed Shakespeare in Love which won 7 Academy Awards including, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow, and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. He also directed Prime Suspect 3 starring both Helen Mirren and Ciaran Hinds, who both star in The Debt; and a favorite of mine, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, starring Nicholas Cage, Penelope Cruz, And Christian Bale.

I did something I rarely do, I went back for a second look. I have also seen the original movie The Debt, an Israeli thriller.

The Debt parallels real events and characters. Mossad agents abducted Eichmann in Argentina in 1961, tried him in Israel, and executed him. The notorious Dr Mengele, the butcher of Auschwitz fled to South America, and narrowly escaped capture by Mossad in Argentina fleeing to Paraguay, and then Brazil. Birkenau is known also as Auschwitz Birkenau. Twenty four surgeons experimented on human captives, often performing unnecessary surgical operations without anaesthetic.

In 1965, a rookie Mossad agent played by Jessica Chastain, crosses Checkpoint Charlie and joins two male agents in East Berlin, to identify and kidnap the notorious surgeon of Birkenau, now a gynaecologist. She must pose as a patient, and subject herself to the cold probings of her intimate place by the butcher, and take close up photos without arousing suspicion.

Photographs of his terrible deeds haunt her and fill her with apprehension and fear. Photographs of smiling babies adorn his waiting room wall. A man once charged with taking life, now bringing life into the world.
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