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The Interpreter (2005)

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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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Rory Robb
Ajene Xola (as Curtiss I'Cook)
Jean Gamba


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 »

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 (United Kingdom), 17 April 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,822,455, 24 April 2005, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Catherine Keener gets on the helicopter around 25 minutes into the movie she receives a phone call. The voice on the phone is supposed to be speaking an African language. It is actually speaking Hebrew. It is the message one gets when one dials a non-existent number in Israel. See more »


Dot is wearing her down and long. Both are basic violations of Secret Service as well law enforcement protocol. This is because her hair could be grabbed by a suspect and used to control or injure her. It would be worn up in a manner that impairs or prevents that from occurring, 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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Written by Lyle Lovett (uncredited) (as Lovett)
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
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It lived up to my expectations
11 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

First of all, it would seem impossible to go wrong with this: you have Sydney Pollack at the helm, the blessings from the United Nations to actually shoot INSIDE the UN building itself (with several key scenes taking place in the general assembly room), all shot on location in the Big Apple, and to top it all off you have the best actress and actor of their generation in the lead! The result is a solid thriller, well sewn together, and veteran director Pollack wraps it all up weary neatly, with no loose ends. Just like he did with other thrillers like the masterful "Three Days of the Condor" and the entertaining "The Firm." I'm not saying "The Interpreter" is on level with those two, but it *is* an entertaining and thrilling two hours (especially a scene involving a bus is quite tense).

In the end I was really left with just one quibble: as things developed the ending really came as no big surprise. Still, that said: it's a political thriller directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. What more could one really wish for?

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