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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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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Nothin' but a good time See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Mil Palavras  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$18,438,149 (USA) (25 May 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


[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 »


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14 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It goes without saying that Eddie Murph hasn't been at his best since Beverley Hills Cop. This movie changes that. Apart from a little of his over the top comedy, this is a real tear jerker. It is very much like Click in that it makes the viewer think about his life, how they treat others and just how much of our life is wasted. Well acted, well conceived and a great heart warming movie that men and women can enjoy. My wife loved it, I loved it. More like this please. Try not to pick a at little details of 'how' but enjoy the 'why' Great movie. 9/10 best movie i've seen this year! Bring tissues and popcorn, turn down the lights (so the missus can't see the tears ;)

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