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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

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Taglines:

The film they didn't want you to see. 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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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Sony was faced with an enormous backlash over their decision to cancel any release of the film after the hack and threats from North Korea, the first call that the company's leadership made, was to Google. The reason was that they wanted to find a platform to re-start the release that would not be susceptible to cyber-attacks, and felt Google could fit that bill. The Internet giant immediately agreed to put the film on their streaming services, and ignored angry North Korean threats. Soon afterwards, many other major online providers did the same thing, and the film began doing serious business right away. See more »

Goofs

The area around Dandong in China, where Rapoport goes to meet Sook, is depicted as wild and underdeveloped. This is inaccurate. Dandong sits on the Yalu River delta and is a modern city with an airport and a rail link to Beijing and into North Korea. 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 end credits feature the following disclaimer:

"This is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents and locations portrayed and the names herein are fictitious, and any similarity to or identification with the location, name, character or history of any person, product or entity is entirely coincidental and unintentional."

However, the movie very intentionally portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, along with many other real-life persons, products and entities. See more »

Connections

Referenced in PWN: Our Mission Impossibles: PWN #4 (2015) See more »

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The Interview Freestyle
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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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