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The Interpreter (2005)

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

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Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The truth needs no translation. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,589,829 (UK) (15 April 2005)

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$72,515,360 (USA) (22 July 2005)
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This is the only collaboration between Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. In 1996, when Kidman was missed out on an Oscar nomination for her praised turn in To Die For (1995) she received a letter from a fan that only said: "You were robbed". Kidman claims that was "as good as an Oscar nomination". The letter was from Sean Penn. See more »

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During the first meeting between Tobin and Sylvia at the U.N. when he says he's not there to protect her, her hair keeps changing. In some shots, it's over her eye, and in some shots it frames her face. She is never seen moving it with her hand. See more »

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[first lines]
Simon Broome: She wouldn't tell me her husband's name. She wouldn't even write it.
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Referenced in Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (2007) See more »

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Performed by Josh Rouse
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A Very Safe Movie
2 May 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Interpreter is an extremely packaged political thriller that contains only a little punch. The main reason I gave it a go was Sean Penn who seems to rarely make mistakes selecting his work. Nicole Kidman can be a mixed bag, and Sydney Pollack a competent seasoned veteran director. All three performed well without setting the screen alight.

The use of the United Nations building was a big plus and definitely gave the movie more realism. It also gave the viewer more of an idea on what a massive organisation the UN is.

Even though "The Interpreter" was enjoyable the ending was definitely a disappointment. It wasn't that it was necessarily wrong, just that you knew what was coming. This was the "Hollywood Factor" showing through. Perhaps the reason it didn't turn into real Hollywood trash was the fact it was filmed and produced in New York.


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