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The Words

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 2012
  • Brian Klugman
  • 102 mins
  • 15

Summary

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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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

If you found a brilliant manuscript in an old satchel, would you pass it off as your own? That's what failed writer Bradley Cooper does in this tale-within-a-tale meditation on integrity and ambition. Co-writers/directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal's feature debut takes as its cue the legend of how Hemingway's early works were similarly lost, while Cooper's involvement in the project stretches back over ten years, before he joined the Hollywood A-list, when he was simply helping his childhood friends out on their first project. Despite the long genesis to reach the screen, this lush-looking literary drama has more acting power than it can use, including Jeremy Irons punching above his weight as a mysterious old man and Zoe Saldana doing her best to be more than just decoration as Cooper's wife. Sadly, any promising ethical issues the film raises end up frittered away by its damp-squib ending.

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Credits

Cast

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Rory JansenBradley Cooper
The old manJeremy Irons
Clay HammondDennis Quaid
Dora JansenZoë Saldana
DaniellaOlivia Wilde
Mr JansenJ K Simmons
The young manBen Barnes
CeliaNora Arnezeder
Richard FordJohn Hannah
Joseph CutlerZeljko Ivanek
Nelson WylieMichael McKean
Timothy EpsteinRon Rifkin

Crew

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DirectorBrian Klugman
DirectorLee Sternthal

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2013-04-19
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Swearing.
Formats
Colour
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