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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Silvia Broome
... Tobin Keller
... Dot Woods
... Nils Lud
... Philippe
... Zuwanie
... Kuman-Kuman
... Marcus
... Police Chief Lee Wu
... Rory Robb
... Simon Broome
... Mo
... Doug
... Ajene Xola (as Curtiss I'Cook)
... Jean Gamba
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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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Universal [United States]

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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La intérprete  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,589,829 (United Kingdom), 17 April 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,822,455, 24 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$72,708,161

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,944,923
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Sean Penn was originally not interested in doing this film after an overloaded work load that spanned several years that included an Oscar win for Mystic River and wanted to spend time with his then wife, Robin Wright and his family. He later took the role after being convinced by Director Sydney Pollack. This is the reason why he looks so tired and exhausted in moments throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

When Silvia plays her flute, her finger movements do not match the flute notes that we hear. 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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Referenced in Crossover (2006) See more »

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If I Had a Boat
Written by Lyle Lovett (uncredited) (as Lovett)
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
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Exciting
9 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sidney Pollack has done it again! Movie premiered yesterday in Athens, was among the first to catch it. Nicole Kidman stars as Silvia Broom, a UN interpreter with a dark history behind her. Sean Penn stars as Tobin Keller, government agent in charge of protection of foreign diplomatic missions. The movie is breathtaking, after the third sequence I just sat back and let it carry me away. If you are a fan of good-old 70s spy films, you cannot miss this one. Needless to point out the breathtaking performances of Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. The last sequence in the UN is one of the best I have ever seen. Congs to everybody involved (maybe now is the right momentum for a sequel of 3 days of the Condor!).


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