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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
Kevin Desfosses ...
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

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


Drama | Mystery | Romance

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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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$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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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 and the old man are in the hot house, the old man's left collar button is unbuttoned/buttoned between shots. See more »


The Old Man: He found out sometime later that what she'd actually said was: "Pay your check and get the hell out of here". But who is he to question fate?
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Terrific movie... ignore the naysayers!
20 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you never see a movie unless EVERYONE else LOVES it... then skip "The Words". However, if you are able to enjoy a movie in spite of silly reviewers questioning the ending, the plot twists, or perhaps and don't require countless Dukes of Hazard-style car chase scenes and seeing the nude bodies of the leading ladies... then go see "The Words" and enjoy it! My wife a I went with another couple last night, and we all generally liked it or loved it! We planned on dinner afterward and this gave us time to discuss it... and that was helpful because we all had taken away different interesting bits. The actors are good to terrific. Jeremy Irons is exceptional! BUT...WHAT did it all mean? WHO CARES!!! It meant, quite simply, they made a great movie that requires one to have a mind to enjoy it. ;) Enjoy "The Words" for what it is... something different, finally!

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