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The Words (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  7 September 2012 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Ford
The Old Man
Vito DeFilippo ...
New York Apartment Doorman
Nelson Wylie
Mr. Jansen
Dan Zuckerman
Rory's Assistant
Timothy Epstein
Jason Rosen
Camy Rosen (as Elizabeth Stauber)


Layered romantic drama The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's more than one way to take a life.


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Palabras robadas  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,750,894 (USA) (7 September 2012)


$11,434,867 (USA) (28 September 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Danielle sits at Clay's desk, she picks up a baseball and he tells her that that specific ball had been once hit by Babe Ruth. At the beginning of the film we see what may be the same baseball on Rory's desk, just behind his laptop. This could be a hint that Clay had used his latest novel ("The Words") as a means of confessing what he himself had done in his youth. See more »


When Rory admits to his editor that he didn't author the novel, his editor's words do not match his lips' movements. See more »


The Old Man: We all make our choices in life, the hard thing to do is live with them.
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Surprisingly Amazing Emotional Story
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Words draws you in with its beautiful cinematography and engaged dialog. I was especially impressed with the layers of the presentation. Most films these days will spoon feed you a flat story and leave no room for personal interpretation. The Words layers a complex open-ended plot that demands viewer involvement. I was surprised with the simple surface story presented as each deeper layer was uncovered. Sometimes it came as a subtle hint when other times it hits you straight in the face. The film has the flavor of Memento or Inception; which is refreshing these days. Bradley Cooper surpassed my expectations. I never once saw his type-cast Hangover/Limitless ticks or mannerisms. He was completely in touch with the character and never fell back on default techniques.

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