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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Clay Hammond
John Hannah ... Richard Ford
Jeremy Irons ... The Old Man
Bradley Cooper ... Rory Jansen
Zoe Saldana ... Dora Jansen (as Zoë Saldana)
Vito DeFilippo Vito DeFilippo ... New York Apartment Doorman (as Vito De Filippo)
Michael McKean ... Nelson Wylie
Lucinda Davis ... Vendor
J.K. Simmons ... Mr. Jansen
Olivia Wilde ... Daniella
James Babson ... Dan Zuckerman
Kevin Desfosses ... Rory's Assistant (as Kevin Desfossés)
Ron Rifkin ... Timothy Epstein
Brian Klugman ... Jason Rosen
Liz Stauber ... Camy Rosen (as Elizabeth Stauber)
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Palabras robadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

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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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman wrote the script back in 1999. As friends of Bradley Cooper before his The Hangover (2009) fame, they ask him to play the lead, he accepted then, and kept his word more than ten years later. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

The Old Man: We all make our choices in life, the hard thing to do is live with them.
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Alternate Versions

The US theatrical version was slightly censored for a PG-13 rating, removing several instances of strong language, and re-edited for shorter running time of 97 minutes. The US Blu-ray and DVD contain a 102 minute extended cut that restores these alterations, and several international theatrical releases (such as the UK), are based on this version. See more »

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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.132 (2012) See more »

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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Performed by Ben Barnes
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"The Words" is amazing!
12 December 2012 | by rdcarmichael-524-278717See all my reviews

I am not sure what Hollywood considers a good movie but I know this is an excellent film. The story is told with such elegance and fluidity that it is a joy to watch. I am buying this movie for my personal collection to make sure that I watch a film, from time to time, that reminds me of art in its highest form. The actors are brilliant, the direction is genius, photography is captivating and the scriptwriting is unparalleled. I completely loved this movie.

Though it was not a blockbuster hit bringing in hundreds of millions, it did earn back its original investment costs and nearly that figure again.

Just when you think you know how it's going to go - the movie bends then twists into another path. Just brilliant!!!


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