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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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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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2.35 : 1
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When Catherine Keener gets on the helicopter around 25 minutes into the movie she receives a phone call. The voice on the phone is supposed to be speaking an African language. It is actually speaking Hebrew. It is the message one gets when one dials a non-existent number in Israel. See more »

Goofs

About 15 minutes into the movie, as the helicopter is taking off, Woods gets a call that, she claims, informs her that Ziwani's head of security has arrived. In fact, what she hears on the line is the Israeli national telephone company's recording: "Hamispar sh'higata, lo poel tmani." In English: "The number you have dialed is temporarily unavailable." See more »

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[first lines]
Simon Broome: She wouldn't tell me her husband's name. She wouldn't even write it.
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References Three Days of the Condor (1975) See more »

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Atolago
(Traditional)
Performed by Kirsten Braten Berg
Courtesy of Grappa Musikforlag and Six Degrees Records, Ltd
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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