Template:Infobox film HaHov, HaChov, or in English, The Debt, is a 2007 Israeli drama-thriller film directed by Assaf Bernstein and starring Gila Almagor, Yuriy Chepurnov, and Oleg Drach, about three retired Mossad agents confronted by a challenge from their past. Template:Expiry
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Gila Almagor (as Rachel Brener)
- Yuriy Chepurnov
- Oleg Drach
- Sergiy Dvoretskyy
- Neta Garty (as young Rachel Brener)
- Evgeniya Gladiy
- Reut Hajaj
- Eran Ivanir
- Aleksandr Kulish
- Yehezkel Lazarov (as Ehud)
- Vlad Levitskyy
- Victoria Malektorovych
- Sergei Malyuga
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- Edith Naman
- Nadav Netz
- Alexander/Alex Peleg (as Zvi)
- Edgar Selge (as Max Rainer)
- Elena Sikorskaya
- Alexandra Smolyarova
- Dmitry Sova
- Viktor Stepanenko
- Sergiy Strelnikov
- Oded Teomi (as Ehud)
- Itay Tiran (as young Zvi)
- Alon Zamek
- Arieh Adler (narrator)
Plot[edit | edit source]
The film centers on an Israeli-Mossad team who in 1964 captured a notorious Nazi doctor who had performed human experimentation in a German extermination camp, and, when he escaped from them, reported him as being shot once in the head and killed during his attempted escape. In the following years, the agents received numerous accolades for their actions, with none suspecting the truth, but in the late 1990s, they learn he may be alive, repentant, and likely to expose the truth of the events.
Cinematic history[edit | edit source]
The film was nominated for four 2007 awards by the Israeli Film Academy: Best Art Direction, Ido Dolev; Best Cinematography, Giora Bejach; Best Costumes, Inbal Shuki; and Best Supporting Actress, Neta Garty.
The film has as of February 2011[update] had no theatrical release in United States, but a version with English subtitles has screened at film festivals there, and been shown on the Sundance cable-television channel.
A 2011 U.S. remake of the 2007 film is entitled The Debt and stars Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. It was directed by John Madden from a screenplay written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan. It was originally scheduled for release in December 2010, but was instead released on August 31, 2011.
References[edit | edit source]
- IMDb: Cast
- Scheib, Ronnie, "'The Debt' (Israel)", Variety, November 1, 2008, retrieved August 26, 2011.
- www.israelemb.org, retrieved August 27, 2011.
- IMDb: Awards, accessed February 19, 2011.
- Austin Jewish Film Festival Brochure, accessed February 19, 2011.
- Tribeca Jewish Film Festival brochure, accessed February 19, 2011.
- Sundance Channel, accessed February 19, 2011.
- IMDb.com: The Debt, retrieved March 2, 2011.
- PunchDrunkCritics, February 9, 2011, accessed February 19, 2011.