The Debt script
The Debt (2010)
Synopsis: In 1965, young Mossad agent Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain) and two comrades (Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas) are involved in a secret mission to capture a Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau (Jesper Christensen). The mission ends with the man's death on the streets of East Berlin. Thirty years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has appeared, and Rachel (Helen Mirren), haunted by memories of past events, must return to Eastern Europe to uncover the truth.

1 INT. CARGO PLANE. MILITARY AIRBASE. ISRAEL - DAY 1

A strange ROARING sound...

CLOSE ON A YOUNG WOMAN

...in darkness. Light begins to spill on her from the right

-revealing her face, lost in thought. This is RACHEL

SINGER - pretty, painfully young looking. A surgical

dressing covers half her face.

As we pull back a little we see that two YOUNG MEN sit

either side of her. They are STEPHAN GOLD (thirties) thickset,

capable, and DAVID PERETZ (late twenties), dark-haired

and pale-faced.

The three faces in the darkness, each looking straight

ahead - something from a Caravaggio painting.

The roaring, which we realise is the sound of ENGINES,

gradually runs down into silence.

The light from the bay door which is opening off-screen

begins to flood the scene with HARSH DAYLIGHT, revealing

the inside of a CARGO PLANE.

Stephan turns to look at the growing light. Then he turns

to Rachel.

STEPHAN:

Breathe.

He stands. Rachel turns to look at David but he is standing

too, his face a mask.

Rachel gathers herself, then stands and turns to follow the

other two, walking towards the light.

As the three approach the opening and descend the ramp of

the bay door, we hear a woman’s voice:

SARAH (V.O)

We should never forget how young

they were.

EXT. AIRBASE RUNWAY. ISRAEL - DAY

TRACKING THE THREE

...as they walk across the tarmac - first Stephan...

FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT WITH PINK AMENDMENTS - 26.03.09 2.

SARAH (V.O.)(CONT’D)

My father, Stephan Gold, was the

youngest Unit Commander in

Mossad.

David is next...

SARAH (V.O.)(CONT’D)

David Peretz had his twenty-ninth

birthday while on the mission.

Then Rachel.

SARAH (V.O.)(CONT’D)

My mother was even younger. Only

twenty-five.

RACHEL’S P.O.V

Silhouetted against the bright light is a group of waiting

MILITARY and MOSSAD DIGNITARIES. Their hands are raised in

applause.

SARAH (V.O.) (CONT’D)

Despite their youth they’d had

the courage to confront an

unimaginable evil....

The three walk towards their welcoming party. Rachel blinks

against the sunlight, takes out a pair of sunglasses and

slips them on.

2 OMITTED 2

3 INT. FUNCTION ROOM. HOTEL NEAR TEL AVIV - DAY 3

CLOSE ON OLDER RACHEL

...now 56. Handsome, impeccably groomed. A long crooked

SCAR runs down one side of her face.

SARAH (O.S)

...a man whose sadistic

experiments left thousands

disfigured or dead, who became

known by a name which defiles the

annals of medicine: The Surgeon

of Birkenau.

She’s wearing tinted glasses, staring at us, listening to

Sarah speak.

FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT WITH PINK AMENDMENTS - 26.03.09 3.

REVERSE:

Rachel’s daughter - SARAH - stands at a podium, reading the

Dedication to a rather large audience who have come for the

launch of her first book.

She’s 31, and clearly her mother’s daughter.

The cover image from the book is projected on a screen

behind Sarah - a black and white photograph of a young

Rachel, David and Stephan. Above their faces, the title -

In Our Hands.

SARAH:

Their mission had been to return

him to Israel to stand trial.

Instead it ended with his death

on the streets of East Berlin...

CUT TO:

4 EXT. MILITARY AIRBASE. ISRAEL - DAY - THE PAST 4

CLOSE ON YOUNG RACHEL

...as she waits behind David and Stephan, face bleached out

by the sunlight. She stares at the ground.

SARAH (V.O.)

But this was not what was

celebrated. It was their youth

itself that became a symbol. Here

were the children who had faced

Israel’s greatest nightmare, her

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Matthew Vaughn

Matthew Allard de Vere Drummond is an English film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and directing the .. more…

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