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
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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 ... 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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Is your money making a killing? See more »


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

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Originally scheduled for release in August 2008. After badly-received previews, It was reshot 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

The IBBC - International Bank of Business and Credit - is incorrectly identified at the end in one of the news articles as the International Bank of Business and Commerce. 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

During the credits fade-in on the second and third newspaper printed articles, look above the main story of focus and you will see articles that reference a company by the name of SuckleOil, which is most likely a nod to Producer Richard Suckle. See more »

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The International End Title
Written by Matt Bellamy, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
Produced by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
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Worth a theater ticket
16 February 2009 | by strigahSee all my reviews

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I pretty much had zero expectations for this film. I'd seen an ad or two and it looked conventional at best, clumsy at worst. The previews certainly don't do it justice. It starts smart and mean and doesn't let up. Not everyone will enjoy the unrelenting mood, but I found the picture intense and the rest of the audience in the theater seemed to agree. It helps that Clive Owen is believable as the protagonist and is highly watchable. A lesser actor in the role would have made the film much less effective. Armin Mueller-Stahl also adds credibility and depth. Other supporting actors were, for the most part, strong and gritty. There was probably pressure for a female lead, so in Noami Watts's defense, this is probably part of the reason why the character feels so irrelevant.

I'm happy anytime that a slick international thriller has some brains and isn't completely predictable, so I found the picture highly entertaining, if imperfect. It it flawed? Most certainly. But if you walk into the theater without pretensions, you'll probably be as entertained as I was. And I do think a theater visit is warranted, for the photography mentioned by previous reviewers, if not for the Guggenheim scene alone. I think it's dangerous to trump up a scene too much, because it inevitably leads to disappointment. But having no idea about what was coming... suffice to say, I didn't find the directing anything other than thrilling.


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Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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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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