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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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Details

Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$11,494,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,231,461
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) finds and reads The Old Man's (Jeremy Irons') manuscript, the first page shown on-screen is actually an excerpt from Ernest Hemingway's memoir, "A Moveable Feast", discussing one of his early short stories called "Up in Michigan". Nearly all of Hemingway's other early works were lost because the suitcase his wife had packed them in was stolen from a train in Paris when she left in unattended for a few minutes. The Old Man's story parallels this event. 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

Mr. Jansen: Another part of being a man, no matter how painful it might be, is accepting your own limitations.
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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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Intelligently Filmed Story within a Story within a Story
18 April 2013 | by doug_park2001See all my reviews

While subdued and a little slow-moving, THE WORDS is a good--and not too heavy-handed--modern morality tale of how one serious act of dishonesty irreversibly affects a writer's entire life and career. The fact that his act would be difficult to ever prove or prosecute only makes things worse in many ways for Rory Jansen. The various additional elements of suspense and romance help to create a unique combination.

Interesting plot-structure: No huge twists or surprises, but everything fits together with slow, subtle tension. The acting ranges from tepid to quite good. Various details are also important; it might be a good idea, for example, to freeze-frame and read the rejection letters that Rory Jansen receives toward the beginning. A lot of people apparently don't like the way THE WORDS ends, but I sure do. Along with "the old man"'s embedded tale, the conversations between best-selling author Clay Hammond and fan/aspiring author Daniella are easily the most engaging aspects of this film.

Anyone with interests in fiction writing, the publishing industry, and/or related subjects will probably find THE WORDS a compelling enough film; those without such interests, however, may find it pretty dull. Even for the latter folks, I would also recommend SHATTERED GLASS (2004), starring Hayden Christensen, which has a similar conflict, a faster pace, and generally better acting.


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