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A Thousand Words (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 he speaks.

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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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He only has 1000 words left to discover what matters the most. 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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$18,438,149 (USA) (25 May 2012)
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After a disastrous US opening, a UK cinema release for the film was dropped, despite cinemas and trailers advertising its release. The film was released direct-to-video, as it was in several other European countries. See more »

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When Jack shows Aaron his situation with the tree, he dismisses it as a coincidence to which Jack responds, "It's not a coincidence, you idiot." Aaron notices that the tree lost five more leaves, even though Jack said six words. See more »

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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 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Bad Luck
Written by Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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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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