The Debt

The Debt

  • R
  • 2010
  • 113 min
  • USA, UK
  • drama, thriller

In 1965, three Mossad agents fail to succeed in their mission to eliminate the ill-famed Nazi war criminal. Disappointed, they decide to keep it a secret only to witness it unveil after thirty years.

Director: John Madden

Screenwriters: Jane Goldman, Peter Straughan, Matthew Vaughn

Stars: Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson

Its time-shifting narrative creates distracting casting problems, but ultimately, The Debt is a smart, well-acted entry in a genre that could use more like it.


  • John Madden
    John Madden

    John Philip Madden (born 8 April 1949) is an English director of theatre, film, television, and radio. He was educated at Clifton College. He was in the same house as friend and fellow director Roger Michell. He began his career in British independent films. He graduated from the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex) in 1970 with a B.A. in English Literature. He started work in...

Main Cast


Producer: Eitan Evan, Eduardo Rossoff, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn

Editor: Alexander Berner

Casting: Michelle Guish

Director Of Photography: Ben Davis

Costume Design: Natalie Ward

Production Design: Jim Clay


Tagline: Every secret comes with a price.

Genres: drama, thriller

Certificate: R

Categories: mossad, secret agent, nazi, berlin germany, holocaust survivor, nazi war criminal, israel, nazi hunter, east germany, love triangle, evil doctor, kidnapping, gynecologist


Year: 2010

Runtime: 113 min

Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Israel

Language: English, German, Russian

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS


  • Derek Malcom (London Evening Standard)

    The performances are what counts, and Mirren and Chastain certainly deliver.

  • Kelly Jane Torrance (Washington Examiner)

    A film like this must rely not just on pacing, but on performances, which is where The Debt really shines.

  • Anna Smith (Time Out)

    "The Debt" tackles themes of humanity, revenge and truth so successfully it's hard not to find it powerful - even if it's not the Oscar bait it might have hoped to be.

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    Solid, workmanlike storytelling is what's on offer in this meaty thriller with robust and satisfying star turns...