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The International (2009)

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An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring.

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Tom Tykwer
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Louis Salinger
Naomi Watts ... Eleanor Whitman
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Wilhelm Wexler
Ulrich Thomsen ... Jonas Skarssen
Brían F. O'Byrne ... The Consultant
Michel Voletti Michel Voletti ... Viktor Haas
Patrick Baladi ... Martin White
Jay Villiers ... Francis Ehames
Fabrice Scott ... Nicolai Yeshinski
Haluk Bilginer ... Ahmet Sunay
Luca Barbareschi ... Umberto Calvini (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
Alessandro Fabrizi ... Inspector Alberto Cerutti
Felix Solis ... Detective Iggy Ornelas
Jack McGee ... Detective Bernie Ward
Nilaja Sun ... Detective Gloria Hubbard
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Storyline

In The International, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war. Written by production

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Taglines:

They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sequences of violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Originally scheduled for release in August 2008. After badly-received previews, and re-shoots to turn it into more of an action film, it was released in February 2009, during the worst banking crisis in U.S. history. See more »

Goofs

Salinger and Whitman leave the police station and drive over the Queensboro Bridge to a Brooklyn warehouse (as per the warehouse sign) to interrogate Wexler. The Queensboro Bridge connects Manhattan to Queens and not Brooklyn. They should have driven over the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, or Battery Tunnel to reach Brooklyn. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Thomas Schumer: Listen, I'm from the Bronx, so you need to keep it simple. Why is the bank buying all this missile-guidance stuff from Calvini? - I don't get it.
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Crazy Credits

"The fictional exhibition depicted in the main galleries of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was not curated by nor an actual exhibition of the museum." See more »

Connections

References Cloverfield (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Brew
Written by Eric Clapton, Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi
Performed by Cream
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Better film than critics give it credit
15 February 2009 | by tjm225See all my reviews

I was persuaded by my brother to see this film. I wanted to see another one but since he was visiting I agreed with his choice, and was surprised to find myself liking the film very much. OK, the script could be a little better, but the direction and acting were very good, even down to the supporting players such as the actors who portrayed the two NYC cops who assist the main character, Interpol agent Sallinger (Clive Owens), once the story moved to NYC. What I particularly liked was the way the story was told cinematically rather than through a lot of verbose dialogue. It seemed to me like a Bourne thriller for adults. No kinetic hand-held camera action, but smooth visually appealing cinematic exposition the way Hitchcock did it in his prime. Even the closing credits were used effectively to give a rather downbeat dénouement to the film.

In short, an entertaining movie that alleviated the February blues.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente internacional See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,331,739, 15 February 2009

Gross USA:

$25,450,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,253,843
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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