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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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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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Their trip to North Korea just went south. 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 »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film became available to stream on Netflix before the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray. See more »

Goofs

The car shown when going to Supreme Leader's house is a Cadillac. All North Korean politicians and leaders usually drive older Mercedes vehicles. 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 Point Grey Pictures title sequence features an animation of Kim Jong-un and the North Korean Army. See more »

Connections

References Digby: The Biggest Dog in the World (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Firework
Written by Katy Perry, Ester Dean (as Esther Dean), Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (as Mikkel Eriksen), Tor Erik Hermansen (as Tor Hermansen) and Sandy Vee
Performed by Katy Perry
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Ruddy bloody excellent
22 December 2014 | by caborn12See all my reviews

Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Chaucer - those are just some of the people who are left scrambling around on their backsides in the dust trail left behind by this film. I could attempt to rave further about it, but is simply hard to express to fellow mere mortals how sumptuous this film truly is. The film follows an overweight chap with pubic hair on his head and James Franco (that bloke you thought you recognised from that Wizard of Oz reboot thing a couple of years ago) as they, just a couple of pesky ne'er-do-wells, are tasked by the American version of MI6 to kill the leader of North Korea. Magnificent (and, to some undoubtedly, slightly erotic) joyous action ensues. I shall avoid spoilers but rest assured, the ending rivals that of Romeo and Juliet. I notice the inferior Shakespeare has had his work translated into pretty much every language on earth. I await the North Korean version with trouser-tingling anticipation.


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