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The Interpreter (2005)

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Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Martin Stellman (story), Brian Ward (story) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Silvia Broome
Sean Penn ... Tobin Keller
Catherine Keener ... Dot Woods
Jesper Christensen ... Nils Lud
Yvan Attal ... Philippe
Earl Cameron ... Zuwanie
George Harris ... Kuman-Kuman
Michael Wright ... Marcus
Clyde Kusatsu ... Police Chief Lee Wu
Eric Keenleyside ... Rory Robb
Hugo Speer ... Simon Broome
Maz Jobrani ... Mo
Yusuf Gatewood ... Doug
Curtiss Cook ... Ajene Xola (as Curtiss I'Cook)
Byron Utley ... Jean Gamba
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Storyline

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The truth needs no translation. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The American poster design has the flags in front of the U.N. building curved across the bottom. On the first version of the poster, the one on the far left was the U.N. flag. This placed the U.N. flag higher on the poster than the adjacent American flag, which is exactly in line with the flag etiquette in force at U.N. Headquarters. However, the poster was redesigned, presumably to avoid causing offense to American audiences who might be ignorant of the U.N. HQ flag etiquette. The second poster removes the U.N. flag entirely, and moves every other flag one flagpole over, so that the American flag is now highest, followed by the Canadian, then the British which, incidentally, is still incorrect on several counts: at U.N. HQ the US flag does not fly higher than the others since it is contrary to international flag etiquette for one nation's flag to be displayed higher than any other in time of peace, and the flags at the U.N. are arranged in English alphabetical order. See more »

Goofs

Action takes place during the UN General Assembly meeting. This meeting is always in September, but film shows cherry blossom trees in full bloom which occurs only in the spring. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Simon Broome: She wouldn't tell me her husband's name. She wouldn't even write it.
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Connections

Featured in Interpreting Pan & Scan Vs. Widescreen (2005) See more »

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F Stop Blues
(Johnson)
Performed by Jack Johnson
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
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Script Needs Work
24 April 2005 | by director_mitchSee all my reviews

I was interested in seeing The Interpreter since it looked like a good adult drama. Unfortunately, the movie has some problems.

The big plus of the movie is Kidman. She is one of those women who actually looks better as she ages, and she is a talented actress. Sean Penn is also a good actor, and both do a great job in the movie.

Unfortunately the good acting can't overcome the weak script. I felt like the story was still a 2-3 drafts short of being ready for the screen. The biggest problem was that there are plot holes you could drive a truck through. I also felt the movie dragged through most of the middle as they tried to develop the strained relationship between the principle characters.

If you are a plot-driven movie fan, as I am, the movie is likely to be a disappointment. If you are a acting-driven movie fan, you will probably like the movie more.


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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,822,455, 24 April 2005

Gross USA:

$72,708,161

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,944,923
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2.35 : 1
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