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A Thousand Words (I) (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  9 March 2012 (USA)
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After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word we speak.

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Storyline

Jack McCall, played by Eddie Murphy, finds an unusual tree in his yard after an encounter with a spiritual guru. After discovering that with each word he speaks, a leaf drops off of the tree, Jack refuses to speak at all, as doing so will keep the tree, and him, alive. However, his work, marriage, and friendships are all affected by his choice. Can Jack figure out an alternative method of survival? Or will he simply have to live the rest of his life to the fullest? Written by Spikiki

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Make every word count. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,176,280 (USA) (9 March 2012)

Gross:

$18,438,149 (USA) (25 May 2012)
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Famous French actor/director Alain Chabat serves as a producer as well as making an appearance as the French Businessman. Chabat dubbed Shrek's voice in French, and in this movie he shares screen time with Donkey's original voice actor (Eddie Murphy himself of course). Later on, Murphy holds a doll with the likeness of Austin Powers, who is played by Shrek's English voice Mike Myers. See more »

Goofs

(at around 53 mins) After Jack gets in the elevator with a semi-naked man, a black town car drives off. A boom mic and crew member are reflected in the car's right rear quarter panel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack McCall: My name is Jack McCall. If you can hear me, what you're listening to is not the sound of my voice. It's the sound of my inner voice, the one inside my head. I'd like to talk to you, but I can't. Because if I say just one more sentence out loud... I'll die.
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References Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Talking Loud And Saying Nothing
Written by James Brown and Bobby Byrd
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Nine hundred and ninety-nine words to many
27 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The writer of Click and Jack & Jill teams up with the director of Eddie Murphy's previous films, Norbit and Meet Dave team up to foist this mess of a film that sat unreleased for years (seldom a good sign) upon an unsuspecting public.

Eddie Murphy stars as a man who only has 1,000 words he can say before he passes on thanks to New Age nonsense. Taking Murphy's acting jobs for the past few decades into account this seems to be 9 hundred and ninety-nine words away from an optimal movie, but I digress. The jokes are non-existent, the drama sappy, and the movie utterly predictable, formulaic and boring.


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