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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.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writer:

Steve Koren
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Jack McCall
Kerry Washington ... Caroline McCall
Emanuel Ragsdale Emanuel Ragsdale ... Tyler McCall
Jill Basey ... Woman in Starbucks
Greg Collins ... Construction Worker
Robert LeQuang Robert LeQuang ... Starbucks Customer
Michael G. Wilkinson Michael G. Wilkinson ... Starbucks Customer
Lyndsey Nelson Lyndsey Nelson ... Starbucks Customer
Michael Cody Gilbert Michael Cody Gilbert ... Starbucks Customer
Lou Saliba ... Shrink
John Gatins ... Valet
Clark Duke ... Aaron Wiseberger
Cliff Curtis ... Dr. Sinja
Mitchell Fink ... Male Agent
Edi Patterson ... 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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On March 9, Make Them Count. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

After a disastrous US opening, the UK cinema release was canceled. The film was released direct-to-video in the UK and several European countries. See more »

Goofs

After Jack gets in the elevator with a semi-naked man, a black town car drives off. A boom mic and crew member are reflected in the car's right rear quarter panel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Connections

Referenced in Blackcatloner Reviews: Norbit (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Express Yourself
Written by Charles Wright
Performed by Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (uncredited)
Courtesy of A Million $ Worth of Memories Records
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User Reviews

 
What's Up With the Negative Reviews??
17 June 2012 | by ShawnM84See all my reviews

I cannot understand why someone would rate this so poorly and call it "an abomination" of a film. These people must like to watch depressing or utter brain dead movies, over heart warming, feel good movies.

Granted this film is not perfect, there are definitely some unnecessary and quite stupid scenes, but this does not detract from the overall moral of the story which makes a powerful philosophical point - a point we must all contemplate.

Eddie Murphy is his funny usual self and the rest of the cast do a great job. Also the cinematography is excellent with some remarkable scenes.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for a meaningful movie. A must watch for all who are positive.

Peace.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Thousand Words See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,176,280, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$18,450,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,044,277
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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