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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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Taglines:

Make every word 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

This is Eddie Murphy's third movie with John Witherspoon. They were also in Boomerang (1992) and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). 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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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

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We All Need Saving
Written and Performed by Jon McLaughlin
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Comedy with a profound message
6 March 2014 | by Gordon-11See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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