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The Debt Premiere

Updated August 23, 2011

Images from the premiere of The Debt and the after-party in New York City.

Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Jessica Chastain
Helen Mirren
Jessica Chastain
The Team Behind The Debt
Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren
Joanna Vanderham and Alan Cumming
Nikki James
Olivier Theyskens
Arianna and Christina Huffington
Justin Bartha
Zac Posen
Sophie Auster
Sofia Black-D'Elia
Toni Morrison and Fran Lebowitz
Adepero Oduye
John Madden and Kris Thykier
Peter Straughan, Andrew Karpen, Zanne Devine,  James Schamus and Kris Thykier
Peter Straughan and Kris Thykier
Geoffrey Fletcher and Jessica Chastain
Zac Posen and Jessica Chastain
Alice St. Clair and Gina Gershon
Stephen Daldry and Billie Jean King
Celine Rattray and Darren Criss
Gina Gershon and Zac Posen
Jessica Chastain and Damon Dash
Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren

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Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren

(l-r) Actresses Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren, who star as the same character 30 years apart in the espionage thriller The Debt, at the film's NYC special screening.




Submarino Photo Gallery

Updated August 22, 2011

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The Hunt for Nazis: The Real-Life Captures That Inspired The Debt

Updated August 22, 2011

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.

The Debt's Hunt for Nazi Criminals
Nazi War Criminals After the War
Adolf Eichmann, the Transportation Administrator
Capturing Eichmann
Josef Mengele, the
Mengele's Escape
Martin Bormann, Hitler's Private Secretary
The Hunt for Martin Bormann
Martin Bormann's Death
Klaus Barbie, the
Barbie's Hunters
The Trial of Klaus Barbie
Aribert Ferdinand Heim,
Erich Rajakowitsch
Franz Paul Stangl,
Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan
Herberts Cukurs
Dinko Šakić
The Debt's Hunt for Nazi Criminals

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The Debt's Hunt for Nazi Criminals

Rachel (Jessica Chastain) and David (Sam Worthington)

In THE DEBT, Nazi hunters — and Mossad agents — Rachel (Jessica Chastain), Stephan (Marton Csokas) and David (Sam Worthington) track down and capture Dieter Vogel, the Surgeon of Birkenau (Jesper Christensen). The events in John Madden’s film are fictional, but the story is grounded in reality. Only the names have been changed.




One Day in the Life of One Day

Updated August 09, 2011

August 8th was one (big) day in the life of the film One Day. Our special One Day slideshow follows Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and director Lone Scherfig from press junket to red carpet to after-party.

New York City Junket
Director Lone Scherfig
Waldorf Astoria
Control Central
Anne Hathaway
Jim Sturgess
New York City Premiere
Anne Hathaway on the Red Carpet
Jim Sturgess
Patricia Clarkson
Anne Hathaway
Jim and Patricia
Stars and Director
The Gang's All Here
Party After the Film
Party Photo Op
Cary Fukunaga
Nina Jacobson and James Schamus
Late Night Festivities
New York City Junket

New York City Junket

As journalists wait to interview One Day’s Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess and director Lone Scherfig, they can relax with a cup of coffee and a fascinating novel.




Déjà vu

Updated August 02, 2011

In adapting the Israeli thriller <em>Ha-Hov</em> into <em>The Debt</em>, 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 a American western to popularizing Japanese horror.

Ha-Hov (2007) to The Debt (2010)
Seven Samurai (1954) to The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Yojimbo (1961) to A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
The Wages of Fear (1953) to Sorcerer (1977)
Viktor und Viktoria (1933) to Victor Victoria (1982)
Profumo di Donna (1974) to Scent of a Woman (1992)
Ringu (1998) to The Ring (2002)
Insomnia (1997) to Insomnia (2002)
Infernal Affairs (2002) to The Departed (2006)
Brødre (2004) to Brothers (2008)
Let the Right One In (2008) to Let Me In (2010)
Ha-Hov (2007) to The Debt (2010)

Ha-Hov (2007) to The Debt (2010)

The Debt with Ciarán Hinds and Helen Mirren (photo: Laurie Sparham); Ha Hov, inset.

When Kris Thykier, one of the producers of The Debt, first saw the 2007 film Ha-Hov, he immediately recognized its potential. Director Assaf Bernstein's Israeli thriller, about three Mossad agents and the secrets they carry with them from a mission in East Berlin in the 1960s, was a compelling movie that had been nominated for four Ophir Awards (Israel's equivalent of the Oscars), but had failed to gain considerable audience traction internationally. “It was a spectacular story, and brilliantly acted,” says Thykier. “I did feel that there was an opportunity for a little more complexity and scale; I saw the potential of making a smart thriller that would be relevant to – and entertaining for – a world audience.” Thykier brought the idea of remaking Ha-Hov to writer-director-producer Matthew Vaughn, who in turn penned a screenplay adaptation with his writing partner, Jane Goldman, and then brought John Madden on board to direct the film. And thus, The Debt came into existence. Madden's smart, engaging movie is part of a tradition of high quality remakes. In following slideshow, we look at some remarkable examples of this genre, from John Sturges' 1960 The Magnificent Seven all the way up to Matt Reeves' Let Me In, by way of such diverse treats as Blake Edwards' cross-dressing musical Victor Victoria and Martin Scorsese's tough crime thriller The Departed.