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The Words (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  7 September 2012 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Ford
The Old Man
Vito DeFilippo ...
New York Apartment Doorman
Nelson Wylie
Mr. Jansen
Dan Zuckerman
Rory's Assistant
Timothy Epstein
Jason Rosen
Camy Rosen (as Elizabeth Stauber)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Palabras robadas  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$11,434,867 (USA) (28 September 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Mr. Jansen: Another part of being a man, no matter how painful it might be, is accepting your own limitations.
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"The Words" is amazing!
12 December 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I am not sure what Hollywood considers a good movie but I know this is an excellent film. The story is told with such elegance and fluidity that it is a joy to watch. I am buying this movie for my personal collection to make sure that I watch a film, from time to time, that reminds me of art in its highest form. The actors are brilliant, the direction is genius, photography is captivating and the scriptwriting is unparalleled. I completely loved this movie.

Though it was not a blockbuster hit bringing in hundreds of millions, it did earn back its original investment costs and nearly that figure again.

Just when you think you know how it's going to go - the movie bends then twists into another path. Just brilliant!!!

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