The Interpreter

April 22nd, 2005


The Interpreter

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Still of Nicole Kidman in The InterpreterCATHERINE KEENER as agent Dot Woods, in The Interpreter, a suspenseful thriller of international intrigue set inside the political corridors of the United Nations.           Rachel Weisz at event of The InterpreterDirector/Executive Producer SYDNEY POLLACK on the floor of the General Assembly during filming of The Interpreter, a suspenseful thriller of international intrigue set inside the political corridors of the United Nations and on the streets of New York.           NICOLE KIDMAN stars as U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome in The Interpreter, a suspenseful thriller of international intrigue.             SEAN PENN stars as federal agent Tobin Keller in The Interpreter, a suspenseful thriller of international intrigue set inside the political corridors of the United Nations.

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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.4/10 (50,763 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: Sydney Pollack

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another...

Writers: Martin Stellman, Brian Ward

Nicole Kidman - Silvia Broome
Sean Penn - Tobin Keller
Catherine Keener - Dot Woods
Jesper Christensen - Nils Lud
Yvan Attal - Philippe
Earl Cameron - Zuwanie
George Harris - Kuman-Kuman
Michael Wright - Marcus
Clyde Kusatsu - Police Chief Lee Wu
Eric Keenleyside - Rory Robb
Hugo Speer - Simon Broome
Maz Jobrani - Mo
Yusuf Gatewood - Doug
Curtiss Cook - Ajene Xola (as Curtiss I'Cook)
Byron Utley - Jean Gamba

Taglines: The truth needs no translation.


Official Website: UIP [Spain] | Universal [United States] |

Release Date: 22 April 2005

Filming Locations: East 9th Street & Stuyvesant Street, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,589,829 (UK) (17 April 2005) (370 Screens)

Gross: $162,944,923 (Worldwide) (6 January 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Despite the high security at the U.N. and terror alerts, crew members were allowed to bring in knives for their work.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The building where Simon Broome is shot, the Monumental, is a bullfighting ring, a remnant of Mozambique's Portuguese era. At the end of the film, as Silvia reads from her brother's list, she calls it a soccer stadium.

[first lines]
Simon Broome: She wouldn't tell me her husband's name. She wouldn't even write it.

User Review

A Very Safe Movie

Rating: 6/10

The Interpreter is an extremely packaged political thriller that contains only a little punch. The main reason I gave it a go was Sean Penn who seems to rarely make mistakes selecting his work. Nicole Kidman can be a mixed bag, and Sydney Pollack a competent seasoned veteran director. All three performed well without setting the screen alight.

The use of the United Nations building was a big plus and definitely gave the movie more realism. It also gave the viewer more of an idea on what a massive organisation the UN is.

Even though "The Interpreter" was enjoyable the ending was definitely a disappointment. It wasn't that it was necessarily wrong, just that you knew what was coming. This was the "Hollywood Factor" showing through. Perhaps the reason it didn't turn into real Hollywood trash was the fact it was filmed and produced in New York.


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