The Interpreter

The Interpreter

DVD - 2005
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In one of the hidden corridors of power at UN headquarters, translator Silvia Broome overhears a potentially explosive secret about a planned assassination attempt. But when federal agent Tobin Keller investigates her claim, is she a victim or a suspect?
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : Universal Home Video, c2005
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781417018390
1417018399
9781417018383
1417018380
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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chriscoleman
Aug 21, 2016

This is a complicated film, but if you stick with it, worth watching. A South African interpreter turns out to be the witness and link amidst a series of betrayals and political assassinations because of her and her brother's relationship to a black South African running for office as the new President. I loved her brother's book, in which was a compiled list of the dead to which she added her brother's name. Little details like that make for a great film. Nicole Kidman was awesome. Sean Penn should retire; he was awful.

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frishta
Sep 21, 2014

Nicole was excellent in this. Entertaining and by using a make-believe African does a pretty good job of explaining the complex issues in Africa.

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akirakato
Jul 30, 2013

This is a 2005 political thriller directed by Sydney Pollack.
The story is quite complicated, loosely based on Robert Mugabe---President of Zimbabwe.
In real life, President Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe for 25 years when the film was released.
Mugabe was once respected as a freedom-fighter, but later became as corrupt and tyrannical and was responsible for ethnic cleansing and other atrocities in the country.
In the film, Mugabe appears as Edmond Zuwabie---President of a fictional Republic of Matobo.
Although there are strong parallels between the film and the reality, the storyline is so much contrived and complicated that the film seems to have ended up as an unbelievable thriller.

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Cannes
Dec 30, 2012

Nicole Kidman plays an interpreter from Africa whose family was killed by civil violence there and while working at the U.N. overhears a conversation that later turns out to be an assassination plot. She seems kind of weird which is understandable as she is not American but from another country. Sean Penn is the secret service agent that is on the case, protects her, falls in love with her etc. Although completely unrealistic it is entertaining.

btmslt Jul 06, 2012

Not the best, not the worst film. It's a bit of a mystery and political drama with some so-so twists.

catpdx Apr 14, 2012

Predictable... And fairly entertaining.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

I thought this movie would be a lot better than it was, judging by the incredible cast. Although this is not the worst thing ever made, it is far from the best. Good movie to kill a rainy afternoon.

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wgaikins
Dec 31, 2010

loved penn & kidman in this - kidman's accent was pretty accurate -- a fast paced thriller -- things that have come to light about the UN recently make this believalbe

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ladyhawk
Mar 30, 2008

Love Nicole's South African accent in this.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a US Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Silvia Broome: Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.

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