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Helen Mirren
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From playing a conflicted ex-Mossad agent in The Debt to the Queen of England, Helen Mirren pushes her craft. But rather than rest on her laurels, this grand dame of theater and cinema is, as fortune predicted, just reaching her prime.
Jessica Chastain | The Debt and Dame Helen
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With two award-winning films at the Cannes Film Festival, and a major role in The Debt, 2011 is proving to be the year of Jessica Chastain. But she’s been hard at work for years to make this moment happen.
Sam Worthington | Tough and Tender
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From his rambling youth in Australia to his skyrocketed rise to fame after being cast in Avatar, Sam Worthington has been a man of action and emotion. In John Madden’s thriller The Debt, Worthington showcases all parts of his acting talent to play the conflicted Mossad agent David.

Tom Wilkinson | The Actor as Craftsman
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While Tom Wilkinson may have originally intended to be a farmer, when he turned to acting, he worked just as hard to cultivate his craft. As such, audiences have reaped the rewards of his performances from stage to TV to films.
The Team Behind The Debt
Inside Our Movies Focus Features' Special Screening of The Debt in New York City
Join The Debt stars Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren, as well as director John Madden, at the film's special screening at New York City's Tribeca Grand Hotel on August 22nd, 2011.
The Debt's Hunt for Nazi Criminals
Inside Our Movies The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt
John Madden’s THE DEBT tells the tale of a trio of Mossad agents who hunted down a wanted Nazi war criminal. We explore the stories of the many real-life Nazi war criminals who went into hiding after the war, and the people who tracked them down to bring them to justice.
Helen Mirren in The Debt
Inside Our Movies The Debt’s Cast: Two Generations of Talent Spring To Action

Director John Madden had to find two dynamic actors for each of his three main characters––one to play a young Mossad agent, then another to play that same character 30 years later. Then once cast, the actors had to contend with their other half.

Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain
Inside Our Movies Making History Breathe: Creating the World of The Debt

Director John Madden, production designer Jim Clay and teams of craftspeople ingeniously reconstructed Cold-War East Berlin, one set at a time.

Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington and Marton Csokas
Inside Our Movies A Thriller Knows No Borders: The Making of The Debt

The Debt is adapted from an Israeli box office hit Ha-Hov. In keeping the story true to its roots while opening it up for a larger audience, the filmmakers have crafted a truly international thriller.

John Madden | Paying The Debt
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Since the 90s, director John Madden has been known for bringing historical dramas to life, like his Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love. But whether directing police or period pieces, he managers to capture powerful performances, as he does in The Debt.
The Surgeon of Birkenau in The Debt
Inside Our Movies Nazis We Love to Hate
In John Madden’s The Debt, a trio of Mossad agents go after a Nazi war criminal, dubbed the Surgeon of Birkenau, who’s hiding out in East Berlin in the 1960s. Played by Jesper Christensen, this character joins a list of Nazi villains going all the way back to 1939.
2011: The Debt
Movie City East Berlin, the Movie

From the 1948 spy movie Berlin Express to John Madden’s 2011 thriller The Debt, East Berlin has been a film destination for intrigue, espionage, and political tension. We take a look at how this European capital has changed in the decades since Berlin was divided after the end of World War II.

Ha-Hov (2007) to The Debt (2010)
Inside Our Movies Déjà vu

In adapting the Israeli thriller Ha-Hov into The Debt, John Madden enters the cinematic tradition of remaking foreign language films for English-speaking audiences. We look at some of the best foreign language adaptations, from transforming Kurosawa into an American western to popularizing Japanese horror.

Jessica Chastain
Inside Our Movies Real Women Spies
While most onscreen spies, from James Bond to Jason Bourne, are men, women, like the Rachel Singer in THE DEBT, are more than their equal. We remember the great role that real-life women spies have played in modern history.
Evan Eitan
My Favorite Things The Debt Filmmakers: Evan Eitan
The producer of the original and English-language remake of THE DEBT knows a little about spy films. So we asked him to tell us (without any enhanced interrogation techniques) which were his favorite ones.
Jesper Christensen
My Favorite Things The Debt Filmmakers: Jesper Christensen
Danish actor Jesper Christensen has appeared in great movies cinema from THE DEBT to several James Bond films. So we asked him to tell us his favorite spy films.
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