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In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rachel Singer
... Stephan Gold
... David Peretz
... Sarah Gold
Tomer Ben David ... Sarah's Husband
Ohev Ben David ... Sarah's Son
... Mossad Agent
Elana Kivity Davenport ... Publisher
Eli Zohar ... Stephan's Driver
Irén Bordán ... Seminar Moderator (Tel Aviv 1997)
... Young Rachel
... Young Stephan
... Young David
... Doktor Bernhardt / Dieter Vogel
... Frau Bernhardt / Nurse


The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Helen Mirren) and Stefan (Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1965, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas, and Sam Worthington) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen) in East Berlin. 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. Written by Focus Features

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Every secret comes with a price


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al filo de la mentira  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,949,109, 4 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,177,548, 3 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,636,368, 3 October 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Chastain underwent 4 months of training in Krav Maga for this movie. See more »


The actress playing the younger version of Rachel Singer, Jessica Chastain, has a dimpled chin, but the older Singer played by Helen Mirren does not. See more »


[first lines]
Young Stephan: Breathe.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »


The Bridal Chorus
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on the piano by Stephan
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Does for the holocaust what Cameron did for the Titanic
5 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I will, no doubt, be chastised for my poor rating of this movie, should anyone happen to stumble across it. The acting is great and the cinematography is very well done. In fact, it is the quality of the film-making that initially fools one into thinking they are seeing a meaningful story. But when the movie ends and you actually reflect upon what you have seen, you find a tepid story not worth telling. Basically this film does for the holocaust what James Cameron's "Titanic" did for one of the greatest maritime disasters in history. It trivializes it with a ridiculous fictional story of self-absorbed, small people, when there must be abundant truly engaging real-life stories available from that era of larger than life heroes.

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