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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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La intérprete See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third Sydney Pollack film in which someone speaks the line "you think not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth". The others are The Slender Thread (1965) and Three Days Of The Condor (1975). See more »

Goofs

The Secret Service would not handle an attempted political assassination at United Nations and provide security. That would be the jurisdiction of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). 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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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
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Performed by Dagmar Aller Jonasdottir
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Kidman & Penn are superb in thriller
13 April 2005 | by dougandwinSee all my reviews

Having seen "Mystic River" recently, I was awaiting Sean Penn's next movie with great anticipation as he is one brilliant actor, and when I heard Nicole Kidman was to be his co-star, this was well worth waiting for, and both of them are superb in a very well-constructed movie, with great location shooting in New York. and in particular the United Nations building. Sydney Pollack has produced (and played a small part in it!) an excellent movie, full of intrigue with exciting music and great photography. "The Interpreter" has, by its very nature, been forced to create a new African Nation , rather than single out Zimbabwe for example, and the opening sequences set the mood for a very enthralling 2 1/4 hours. The whole cast is excellent, though made up of relative unknowns other that the two stars. I can recommend this film very highly.


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