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A Thousand Words (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 2012 (USA)
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After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word he speaks.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack McCall
... Caroline McCall
Emanuel Ragsdale ... Tyler McCall
... Woman in Starbucks
... Construction Worker
Robert LeQuang ... Starbucks Customer
Michael G. Wilkinson ... Starbucks Customer
Lyndsey Nelson ... Starbucks Customer
Michael Cody Gilbert ... Starbucks Customer
... Shrink
... Valet
... Aaron Wiseberger
... Dr. Sinja
... Male Agent
... Young Female Agent
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Storyline

Jack McCall, played by Eddie Murphy, finds an unusual tree in his yard after an encounter with a spiritual guru. After discovering that with each word he speaks, a leaf drops off of the tree, Jack refuses to speak at all, as doing so will keep the tree, and him, alive. However, his work, marriage, and friendships are all affected by his choice. Can Jack figure out an alternative method of survival? Or will he simply have to live the rest of his life to the fullest? Written by Spikiki

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Nothin' but a good time See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor | See all certifications »

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9 March 2012 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,176,280, 11 March 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,438,149, 27 May 2012
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Trivia

After a disastrous US opening, a UK cinema release for the film was dropped, despite cinemas and trailers advertising its release. The film was released direct-to-video, as it was in several other European countries. See more »

Goofs

When Jack shows Aaron his situation with the tree, he dismisses it as a coincidence to which Jack responds, "It's not a coincidence, you idiot." Aaron notices that the tree lost five more leaves, even though Jack said six words. See more »

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Jack McCall: My name is Jack McCall. If you can hear me, what you're listening to is not the sound of my voice. It's the sound of my inner voice, the one inside my head. I'd like to talk to you, but I can't. Because if I say just one more sentence out loud... I'll die.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Jack and Jill (2013) See more »

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So Addicted
Written by Priya Jayaram
Performed by Priya Jay
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Comedy with a profound message
6 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film tells a successful but arrogant literary agent who has only a thousand words left to speak before he dies.

I was surprised by how good "A Thousand Words" was. It successfully mixes comedy with a truly profound message. The comedy aspect shows Eddie Murphy's upbeat side, and he even imitates to be a bird. Even if he can be annoying at times in the film, his connection with the dying tree still strikes me as very thought provoking. It is sad that much of his words are wasted, which gives Jack and the viewers a chance to reflect on what is truly important in life. I find this incredibly touching. It's unusual for a comedy to have such a profound message, but "A Thousand Words" does it so well.


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