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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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Budget:

$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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When Daniella (Olivia Wilde) sits at Clay Hammond's (Dennis Quaid's) desk, she picks up a baseball and he tells her that that specific ball had been once hit by Babe Ruth. At the beginning of the film, we see what may be the same baseball on Rory Jansen's (Bradley Cooper's) desk, just behind his laptop. This could be a hint that Clay had used his latest novel ("The Words") as a means of confessing what he himself had done in his youth. See more »

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When the old man is talking to Rory in the park the camera is showing his right side and he holds a half burned cigarette in his right hand. During the same conversation the old man then brings up a freshly lit cigarette in his left hand. See more »

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Mr. Jansen: Another part of being a man, no matter how painful it might be, is accepting your own limitations.
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References Cheers (1982) See more »

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La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Ben Barnes
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The True Words...
11 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

It's difficult to really determine what this films true intention was at first, but then you realize that this movie is more honest and open then you hope for. It's deep to say the least, it really pulls you in and makes you feel for the characters involved, especially Jeremy Irons Character (past and present). The true price of falsely claiming a work of art is yours isn't the guilt that you didn't write it, its the realization that you could never create it on your own. This movie is inspiring as it is overwhelming, not to be taken into high regard but it was very much worth paying attention to. If you write, if you draw, if you create anything that makes you proud that you did it, share it, if not you will regret it for the rest of your life, that was the true message of this film.


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