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The International (I) (2009)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  13 February 2009 (USA)
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An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring.

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Storyline

In The International, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war. Written by production

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Is your money making a killing? See more »


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Rated R for some sequences of violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agente internacional  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£760,382 (UK) (27 February 2009)

Gross:

$25,450,527 (USA) (20 March 2009)
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Trivia

The radio frequency scanner which Salinger uses to overhear the conversation in the end of the film is an Alinco DJ-X3. See more »

Goofs

When Salinger and Whitman are going to talk to Umberto Calvini, as they leave the elevator Whitman has her scarf around her neck. In the next shot, the scarf changes position. See more »

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André Clement: I am more comfortable tense.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits fade-in on the second and third newspaper printed articles, look above the main story of focus and you will see articles that reference a company by the name of SuckleOil, which is most likely a nod to Producer Richard Suckle. See more »


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Wir Setzen Uns Mit Traenen Nieder
from "St. Matthew's Passion" BWV 244
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Great mystery/investigative thriller, beautifully shot by Tom Tykwer
17 February 2009 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan of German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The Princess And The Warrior, Heaven, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer). The story seemed like a different direction for him, so this was a must see for me.

First, the only problem I had with the film is the screenplay, some contrived lines, especially in the third act, stick out. The dialogue really tries to force the theme down the viewers throat. Other than that, everything else was top notch. The way the story is set up and fleshed out was engrossing to me. I like a film that lets the viewer figure it out for themselves. It's got a classic mystery set up, where the viewer is in the shoes of the protagonist, we get to figure it out along with him as he unravels it.

Clive Owen and Naomi Watts were decent, but not really stretching there acting legs here. The cinematography and locations were beautiful, filmed in a neo-noirish blue/grey color palette with lots of wide angle shots of the characters dwarfed by the urban architecture. The shootout was very well done and more realistic and grittier than the usual action set piece.

It actually reminded me of a Michael Mann film.


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