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The Words (2012)

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A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.
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Richard Ford
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The Old Man
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Dora Jansen (as Zoë Saldana)
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New York Apartment Doorman (as Vito De Filippo)
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Nelson Wylie
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Vendor
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Mr. Jansen
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Dan Zuckerman
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Rory's Assistant (as Kevin Desfossés)
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Timothy Epstein
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Jason Rosen
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Camy Rosen (as Elizabeth Stauber)
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Layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. Written by Anonymous

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There's more than one way to take a life.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking | See all certifications »

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7 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Palabras robadas  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,750,894 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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$11,434,867 (USA) (28 September 2012)
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When Danielle sits at Clay's desk, she picks up a baseball and he tells her that that specific ball had been once hit by Babe Ruth. At the beginning of the film we see what may be the same baseball on Rory's desk, just behind his laptop. This could be a hint that Clay had used his latest novel ("The Words") as a means of confessing what he himself had done in his youth. See more »

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When Rory and Dora are arguing in the alley outside of the restaurant, Rory's words do not match his lips' movements. See more »

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The Old Man: He should've been somebody everyone knows.
Rory Jansen: Yeah... but what happened?
The Old Man: Life.
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La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Ben Barnes
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Could Have Been Better
10 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Words is a story within a story within a story. I absolutely loved the story within the story. A masterful telling of an intriguing situation with wonderful acting and believable emotions that, at both levels, tugged at my heart strings. However, the third level added very little, or should I say distracted from the rest. It was meant to put a twist on the story within the story, to make the viewer think and wonder, but it was mostly a distraction, and the acting was far inferior to the other two levels. The producers should have seen this but instead, they took something great and made it good. Another reviewer said somewhere that negative reviews were from people who "didn't get it". That's pretty conceited by them to think that they were the only ones who got it. Trust me, I got it, I just didn't like it. All that being said, it was still worth watching, if only for the two inner layers.


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