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The Interpreter [HD DVD] [2005] [US Import]

Nicole Kidman , Sean Penn , Sydney Pollack    Suitable for 12 years and over   HD DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: Brian Ward, Charles Randolph, Martin Stellman, Scott Frank, Steven Zaillian
  • Producers: Anthony Minghella, Debra Hayward
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Sydney Pollack delivers megawatt star power, high gloss, and political passion to The Interpreter, his first thriller since The Firm. With Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn delivering smooth, understated performances, the film more closely recalls Pollack's 1975 Robert Redford/Faye Dunaway paranoid thriller Three Days of the Condor, trading conspiratorial politicians for potential assassination in the United Nations General Assembly (this being the first film ever granted permission to use actual U.N. locations). Kidman plays a U.N. interpreter who inadvertently overhears hints of a plot to kill the reviled, tyrannical leader of her (fictional) African homeland; Penn is the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her, or to determine her role (if any) in the assassination scenario. By distancing itself from real-life politics, The Interpreter softens its potential impact as a thriller about contemporary globalization and threats to international peace, but the Penn/Kidman personal drama (between two people who gain a deep appreciation for shared anguish, without being artificially forced into romance) adds a richly human dimension to Pollack's expert handling of the thriller elements of a complex yet easily-followed plot. Indie-film stalwart Catherine Keener shines in her supporting role as Penn's sarcastic by sympathetic Secret Service partner. --Jeff Shannon,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites 22 Jun 2008
By Aesop
This is a great action-packed thriller which keeps your brain-cells ticking and keeps you on the edge-of your seat; it is more intellectual compared with others in some ways. I recommend it. Great taste and flavour of the UN as well---giving an overall picture of what such a great institution is capable of achieving and why it exists today--words, compassion, diplomacy and justice will forever dominate over sheer brute force and violence.

I may be spoiling the film if you haven't seen it to some extent but it has some of the most beautiful and lyrically poetic lines ever----close to the end of the film:
'The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear.
But the human voice is different from other sounds.
It can be heard over noises that bury everything else.
Even when it's not shouting.
Even if it's just a whisper.
Even the lowest whisper can be heard over armies....
When it's telling the truth...'

The above is an extract from a fictional book written by one of the film's main characters: Dr.Edmond Zuwani.
The above lines alone for me is what makes this film worthy of 5 stars.(whoever they may have been written by)
I encourage you to watch the film to understand its context and greater meaning....Not many thrillers can truly move you and prompt you to understand humaneness and humanity.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping political thriller 24 Jun 2006
Nicole Kidman plays the part of a young South African translator to the United Nations, Silvia Broome. While working late she overhears a plot to assassinate the genocidal president of her home country, Motambo. When she reports her story, Silvia is placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller (played by Sean Penn). As Keller digs deeper into Silvias past and her secretive world of global connections, he becomes suspicious that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. As the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows Silvia and Tobin must join forces in a race to stop a terrifying international crisis from occurring on US soil.

While I found Nicole Kidman's performance very good in this film I did find her South African accent all over the place at times. There were parts where I couldn't understand what she was saying at all. I've worked with South Africans in the past and they're not that hard to understand!! For me though the most praise must go to Sean Penn who gives an astounding performance as agent Tobin Keller. This performance for me was on par with his performance in Mystic was just that good.

The plot was so believable that it upset one African leader in particular who felt the film was based on his character (hey, if the cap fits!). All in all I found it an entertaining political thriller and feel it deserves 4 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool political thriller. 2 April 2006
By DVD Fan
The interpreter might not be a film for everyone. It is quite slow going and doesn't have much in the way of action. However it is a very good story, well directed and starring a great cast of actors. Penn and Nicole Kidman are great, Nicole especially convincing as an English interpreter at the U.N. The plot revolves around her overhearing an assassination plot against a visiting African dictator. She gets tangled up in the plot and has a few secrets of her own. Overall a great film if you like an intelligent story line and good acting. If you want real exciting action pieces you won't find it here.
The DVD has a slight alternative ending, some deleted scenes...nothing major. It also has a feature on the U.N. building, being the first film allowed access to film there, 8 mins long. There is also another feature on what it is like to be an interpreter at the U.N., also 8mins long. 7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something has been lost in translation 29 Sep 2007
I'd read other reviews of this film claiming it was an intelligent and stylish thriller and I remember regretting missing it at the cinema as it seemed to promise a happy change from the usual gun & gore fests that dominate Hollywood's output. However, I have to say this film left me cold and my prevailing thought at the end was "Is that it?"

The story starts well with a prologue involving a sinister double-cross in Madeupnameland in Africa followed by Kidman's character inadvertantly stumbling across a plot to kill a controversial African leader. After that it just disintegrates. If you watch this film you can look forward to a whole series of tiresome Hollywood clichés including tough but fragile heroine, cynical but sensitive cop, ruthless but incompitent hitman, corrupt and murderous African leader and twists and turns more predictable than a spiral staircase. The most jarring thing is the name of the invented African country and I'm in doubt the writers thought "We need something that sounds African... hmm... Umbongo... Bongobongoland... Umpalumpaloolaa...".

On the plus side there are creditable performances from Penn and Kidman with the latter never looking better, but the remainder of the cast are little more than moving wallpaper. The New York backdrop is familiar and used to completely unspectacular effect and, without wishing to spoil part of the plot, I was left wondering if anybody in the Big Apple ever closes their curtains.

I hoped for stylish and intelligent. I got hackneyed and predictable. I won't be adding it to my shopping basket.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing film!
Published 6 days ago by Miss N. L. Finch
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
Interesting story but tends to lose its way part way through
Published 1 month ago by Richard Sims
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Like all blu-rays when compared to watching the DVD version or an old video one watching this film is a clearer, more detailed experience and in many cases it's like looking at the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr C. Taft
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I loved this film, thought it was a good thriller, excellent storyline and it was a fascinating look at a world I didn't know much about. Thoroughly recommend.
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by Jinesh Patel
3.0 out of 5 stars Classy thriller
Not a bad film with a good cast so worth a watch. Nicole Kidman over does it a bit but apart from that its a good movie.
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by Dottie33
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - Nicole at her very best...
I had to purchase this DVD, the movie had been on TV late at night and we were too tired to stay awake to watch it, too late to switch on the recorder and determined to see the... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by D. R. Tunnicliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars good chemistry between nicole kidman and sean penn make this worth...
The Interpreter is not that exciting and it does not have so many twists and turns in the plot that it is too interesting either, but it is a competently made film with good... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars actually great!!
I'll be honest, I wasn't really expecting too much from this film. I love Nicole Kidman but she has been in some pretty dodgy roles. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2008 by Ms. F. I. Macdonald
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
I expected an unusual and gripping film. Instead, I was bitterly disappointed especially with the barely acting part of the the so-called heroine who simply could not be heard and... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2008 by D. Paterson
4.0 out of 5 stars A professional, engrossing thriller
I thought this was a solid, adult suspense thriller, heavy on police procedure and light on romantic cliches. Silvia Broone (Nicole Kidman) is an interpreter at the U.N. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer
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