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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 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 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.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman wrote the script back in 1999. As friends of Bradley Cooper before his The Hangover (2009) fame, they ask him to play the lead, he accepted then, and kept his word more than ten years later. See more »

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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 »

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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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Lights of Las Vegas Jazz Trio
Written and performed by Yuri Sazonoff
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Could Have Been Better
10 January 2013 | by imdb-18282See all my reviews

The Words is a story within a story within a story. I absolutely loved the story within the story. A masterful telling of an intriguing situation with wonderful acting and believable emotions that, at both levels, tugged at my heart strings. However, the third level added very little, or should I say distracted from the rest. It was meant to put a twist on the story within the story, to make the viewer think and wonder, but it was mostly a distraction, and the acting was far inferior to the other two levels. The producers should have seen this but instead, they took something great and made it good. Another reviewer said somewhere that negative reviews were from people who "didn't get it". That's pretty conceited by them to think that they were the only ones who got it. Trust me, I got it, I just didn't like it. All that being said, it was still worth watching, if only for the two inner layers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$15,950,164
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1.85 : 1
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