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The International (I) (2009)

R  |   |  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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Cast

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Umberto Calvini (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
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Detective Iggy Ornelas
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Detective Gloria Hubbard
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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,702,613 (USA) (13 February 2009)

Gross:

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

Inspired by the BCCI (Bank of Credit and Commerce International) banking scandal, which took place in the 1980s and early 1990s. See more »

Goofs

Ahmet Sunay meets Jonas Skarssen in Istanbul. They begin their discussion outside the Suleymaniye Mosque, then enter the Blue Mosque. When Sunay and Skarssen move to a more private place, Sunay leads him underground, to the Basilica Cistern. After the two leave the mosque, they move to the Grand Bazaar in just a second. The 4 places are all within a few kilometers of each other, but are not connected in the way the movie portrays. See more »

Quotes

Louis Salinger: Based on everything I've read about you, you seem like the kind of man who aspired to die for something more than this.
Wilhelm Wexler: Well, this is the difference between truth and fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
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Crazy Credits

"The fictional exhibition depicted in the main galleries of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was not curated by nor an actual exhibition of the museum." See more »


Soundtracks

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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Worth a theater ticket
16 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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I pretty much had zero expectations for this film. I'd seen an ad or two and it looked conventional at best, clumsy at worst. The previews certainly don't do it justice. It starts smart and mean and doesn't let up. Not everyone will enjoy the unrelenting mood, but I found the picture intense and the rest of the audience in the theater seemed to agree. It helps that Clive Owen is believable as the protagonist and is highly watchable. A lesser actor in the role would have made the film much less effective. Armin Mueller-Stahl also adds credibility and depth. Other supporting actors were, for the most part, strong and gritty. There was probably pressure for a female lead, so in Noami Watts's defense, this is probably part of the reason why the character feels so irrelevant.

I'm happy anytime that a slick international thriller has some brains and isn't completely predictable, so I found the picture highly entertaining, if imperfect. It it flawed? Most certainly. But if you walk into the theater without pretensions, you'll probably be as entertained as I was. And I do think a theater visit is warranted, for the photography mentioned by previous reviewers, if not for the Guggenheim scene alone. I think it's dangerous to trump up a scene too much, because it inevitably leads to disappointment. But having no idea about what was coming... suffice to say, I didn't find the directing anything other than thrilling.


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