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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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Trivia

Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana co-starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 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

Rory Jansen: I'm not who I thought I was, okay? I'm not. And I'm terrified that I never will be.
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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 Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

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Lights of Las Vegas Jazz Trio
Written and performed by Yuri Sazonoff
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Surprisingly Amazing Emotional Story
10 September 2012 | by mjblack13See all my reviews

The Words draws you in with its beautiful cinematography and engaged dialog. I was especially impressed with the layers of the presentation. Most films these days will spoon feed you a flat story and leave no room for personal interpretation. The Words layers a complex open-ended plot that demands viewer involvement. I was surprised with the simple surface story presented as each deeper layer was uncovered. Sometimes it came as a subtle hint when other times it hits you straight in the face. The film has the flavor of Memento or Inception; which is refreshing these days. Bradley Cooper surpassed my expectations. I never once saw his type-cast Hangover/Limitless ticks or mannerisms. He was completely in touch with the character and never fell back on default techniques.


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