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The Words (2012)

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A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work.
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... Clay Hammond
... Richard Ford
... The Old Man
... Rory Jansen
... Dora Jansen (as Zoë Saldana)
Vito DeFilippo ... New York Apartment Doorman (as Vito De Filippo)
... Nelson Wylie
... Vendor
... Mr. Jansen
... Daniella
... Dan Zuckerman
... Rory's Assistant (as Kevin Desfossés)
... Timothy Epstein
... Jason Rosen
... Camy Rosen (as Elizabeth Stauber)
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Layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. Written by Anonymous

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There's more than one way to take a life.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking | See all certifications »

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7 September 2012 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,750,894, 9 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,494,838, 30 May 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,231,461, 30 May 2013
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Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana co-starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

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When Rory and the old man are in the hot house, the old man's left collar button is unbuttoned/buttoned between shots. See more »

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Clay Hammond: At some point, you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but they never actually touch.
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La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Ben Barnes
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Could Have Been Better
10 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

The Words is a story within a story within a story. I absolutely loved the story within the story. A masterful telling of an intriguing situation with wonderful acting and believable emotions that, at both levels, tugged at my heart strings. However, the third level added very little, or should I say distracted from the rest. It was meant to put a twist on the story within the story, to make the viewer think and wonder, but it was mostly a distraction, and the acting was far inferior to the other two levels. The producers should have seen this but instead, they took something great and made it good. Another reviewer said somewhere that negative reviews were from people who "didn't get it". That's pretty conceited by them to think that they were the only ones who got it. Trust me, I got it, I just didn't like it. All that being said, it was still worth watching, if only for the two inner layers.


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