Even the best secret agents carry a debt from a past mission. Rachel Singer must now face up to hers…
Filmed on location in Tel Aviv, the U.K., and Budapest, the espionage thriller The Debt is directed by Academy Award nominee John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). The screenplay, by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, is adapted from the 2007 Israeli film Ha-Hov [The Debt]. At the 2011 Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, The Debt was honored with the Special Police [Jury] Prize.
The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (played by Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) and Stephan (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds of the upcoming Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). All three have been venerated for decades by Israel because of the secret mission that they embarked on for their country back in 1965-1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain [The Tree of Life, The Help], Marton Csokas [The Lord of the Rings, Dream House], and Sam Worthington [Avatar, Clash of the Titans]) tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin. While Rachel found herself grappling with romantic feelings during the mission, the net around Vogel was tightened by using her as bait.
At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team’s mission was accomplished – or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations that compel Rachel to take matters into her own hands.
A Focus Features and Miramax presentation of a MARV Films production. A Film by John Madden. The Debt. Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Marton Csokas. With Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. Casting by Michelle Guish. Hair and Make-up Designer, Daniel Phillips. Costume Designer, Natalie Ward. Music by Thomas Newman. Edited by Alexander Berner. Production Designer, Jim Clay. Director of Photography, Ben Davis, BSC. Executive Producer, Tarquin Pack. Co-Producer, Mairi Bett. Produced by Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier, Eduardo Rossoff, Eitan Evan. Based on the film Ha-Hov written by Assaf Bernstein & Ido Rosenblum. Screenplay by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, Directed by John Madden. A Focus Features Release.