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The Interview (2014)

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Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

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Dan Sterling (screenplay), Seth Rogen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Dave Skylark
Seth Rogen ... Aaron Rapaport
Lizzy Caplan ... Agent Lacey
Randall Park ... President Kim
Diana Bang ... Sook
Timothy Simons ... Malcolm
Reese Alexander ... Agent Botwin
James Yi ... Officer Koh
Paul Bae Paul Bae ... Officer Yu
Geoff Gustafson ... Cole
Dominique Lalonde ... Jackie
Anesha Bailey ... Janet
Anders Holm ... Jake
Charles Rahi Chun ... General Jong
Don Chow Don Chow ... Two-Fingered Man
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Storyline

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Please do not believe these ignorant dishonorable Americans! (In Korean) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

24 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'interview qui tue! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,085,515, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,105,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,342,632
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie features a tank that was a gift to Kim Il-sung from Joseph Stalin. In fact, the Soviet T-34 tanks that were used to defeat the Japanese in North Korea, in World War II, became Kim Il-sung's property when Soviet troops left. They gave the Communists a decisive edge when war broke out, allowing the North to overrun most of the South. See more »

Goofs

There are several errors with the control room scenes both in North Korea, and in New York. Firstly Aaron seems to randomly jump in with camera cuts, even though he is a producer, and that is the job of the show's director, who in both locations is non-existent. Secondly, some of the graphics on the monitors appear to have no relation to the show, some look like open photo editors, and others have unidentifiable green charts on them that would be useless to anyone in the room. In addition, the graphics shown on these screens are several different varieties of "Skylark" different from the ones that the show used anywhere in the movie. The one set of screens that is accurate in the room is the screen displaying inputs, although the "titles I - IV" and "A" are all blank, color bars, or off the air. These screens are used to display the various camera angles from the studio, although there are no camera angles present anywhere on the screen. Which must mean Aaron memorized all of the cameras numbers and locations and is somehow constantly aware of what angles they have. Seven of the monitors show the same screen, and three of them are blocked by other monitors, rendering them partially useless. There is also no network clock in the room, which in reality would be used to start the broadcast correctly during its time slot. In North Korea, there is a joystick that Aaron uses to change the angles of the cameras, even though they are regular studio cameras that are controlled by the cameramen. When switching cameras in the North Korean studio, Sook seems to use a line of buttons with various camera numbers on them. However, again there are no monitors displaying these angles, and this process would actually be done using a switcher. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Korean Girl: [singing] Our Beloved Leader is wise. He is gentle, kind and strong. We wish him joy. We wish him peace. We wish him love. And the one thing in our time, we wish more than this is for the United States to explode in a ball of fiery hell. May they be forced to starve and beg, and be ravaged by disease. May they be helpless, poor and sad and cold! They are arrogant and fat. They are stupid and they're evil. May they drown in their own blood and feces. Die America, die. Oh please won't...
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Crazy Credits

The movie opens with the Columbia Pictures logo used until 1976. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Game Trailers: Evolve (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Conquest
Written by Corky Robbins
Performed by The White Stripes
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Less than mediocre, a sad product that failed to deliver any humor
27 December 2014 | by finebeaniesSee all my reviews

I did not find this "comedy" to be funny. Awful from the start to the bitter end.

People will go and see it and it is a shame that for such a large audience the film delivers only juvenile humour, bad acting, stupidity at every turn and no intelligent message. Tasteless and violent sequences serve no purpose. The movie will make money and unfortunately more movies like this will be made by Hollywood.

I understand and support why the movie had to be shown but unfortunately it is an opportunity missed to treat the topic with some intelligence.


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