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The Interpreter (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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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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Police Chief Lee Wu
Rory Robb
Ajene Xola (as Curtiss I'Cook)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The truth needs no translation. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La intérprete  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,589,829 (UK) (15 April 2005)


$72,515,360 (USA) (22 July 2005)

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Did You Know?


During a scene where a shot is fired at an actor, real blanks were not allowed due to a Security Council meeting that was taking place. See more »


When Tobin is telling Sylvia that his wife died two weeks ago, you can see a light from a camera reflecting off the picture next to him. See more »


[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 Pulp Fiction Art: Cheap Thrills & Painted Nightmares (2005) See more »


Terere Obande
Performed by The World Beaters
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Script Needs Work
24 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was interested in seeing The Interpreter since it looked like a good adult drama. Unfortunately, the movie has some problems.

The big plus of the movie is Kidman. She is one of those women who actually looks better as she ages, and she is a talented actress. Sean Penn is also a good actor, and both do a great job in the movie.

Unfortunately the good acting can't overcome the weak script. I felt like the story was still a 2-3 drafts short of being ready for the screen. The biggest problem was that there are plot holes you could drive a truck through. I also felt the movie dragged through most of the middle as they tried to develop the strained relationship between the principle characters.

If you are a plot-driven movie fan, as I am, the movie is likely to be a disappointment. If you are a acting-driven movie fan, you will probably like the movie more.

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