The Interpreter

The Interpreter

Sydney Pollack (2005)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This engrossing thriller from director Sydney Pollack stars Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, and has the distinction of being the first movie to film inside the United Nations headquarters in New York (something even Hitchcock couldn't manage when he made North by Northwest in 1959). Kidman plays a translator who overhears a threat to murder an African head of state (Earl Cameron) in a dialect that few can understand. Recently bereaved Secret Service agent Penn is then assigned to keep an eye on the imperilled interpreter, who has herself become an assassination target. But what could have been a routine action affair with a hint of romance takes a distinctly sinister turn as Penn begins to suspect there is more to Kidman than meets the eye. Pollack's return to directing (it was his first feature for six years) may be a little too worthy for its own good, but the performances turn this handsome, tightly knit and intelligent film into more than mere entertainment.


A US federal agent investigates a UN translator's claim that she has stumbled on a plot to assassinate an African head of state. However, as he digs deeper into her past, he finds reasons to suspect that there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Sydney Pollack's political thriller, starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener and Hugo Speer.

Cast & Crew

Silvia Broome Nicole Kidman
Tobin Keller Sean Penn
Dot Woods Catherine Keener
Simon Broome Hugo Speer
Nils Lud Jesper Christensen
Philippe Yvan Attal
Dr Edmond Zuwanie Earl Cameron
Kuman-Kuman George Harris
Director Sydney Pollack
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray