Directed By: Sydney Pollack Starring: Nicole Kidman Sean Penn

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In one of the hidden corridors at united nation headquarters, translator silvia broome overhears an explosive secret about a planned assassination attempt. But when federal agent tobin keller investigates and digs into her dangerous past, he begins to question whether she is a victim - or a suspect.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40720109
UPC 025192583629
UPC 14 00025192583629
Format DVD
Release Date 5/13/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Sidney Pollack's diverse career sees him returning to familiar ground with THE INTERPRETER. Crafted from the same mould that saw Pollack produce the superlative political thriller THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (1975), Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn star in a film riddled with subterfuge, recriminations, and deadly secrets. Kidman plays Silvia Broome, an interpreter who works at the UN in New York City. One night, while collecting a bag she has left behind in the building, Silvia overhears a whispered conversation in which an assassination attempt on a redoubtable African leader, named Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), is planned during his future visit to the UN. Secret service agent Tobin Keller (Penn) is assigned to provide security for Zuwanie on the forthcoming trip, and conducts an investigation when Silvia explains what she has heard. He quickly discovers that Silvia has a lengthy, troubled past as a citizen from the same country as Zuwanie, and immediately doubts her story. A series of frantic, fast-paced set pieces ensue, with Pollack beautifully capturing the architectural wonder of the UN, and staging some breathtaking scenes all over the city.^Much has been made of THE INTERPRETER'S status as the first film to be shot inside the UN, and it's to Pollack's credit that he wasn't overawed by such a prospect. Making full use of the building, the director highlights the hustle and bustle of a typical day at the UN, while also shooting eerily silent late night scenes among the famous halls and corridors. As Pollack piles on the tension, Penn and Kidman deliver exemplary performances alongside a prodigious supporting cast, who do justice to an intelligently written plot designed to keep viewers guessing right up until the final moments of the film.
Uncut "Pollock has pulled off an old-fashioned-seatbelt-tightener." 05/01/2005 p.136
Entertainment Weekly "Among its many accomplishments, this capacious and worldly drama directed by Sydney Pollack is a serious invitation -- a mature filmmaker's exhortation, really -- for Americans to engage globally..." 04/29/2005 p.123-124
USA Today "Kidman piles on dimensions to her character the more we learn about her spotty political past..." 04/22/2005 p.rE
Rolling Stone "The first film ever to be shot inside the United Nations is a hot-button political thriller with a sharp, timely sting..." 05/05/2005 p.85
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "Kidman is wholly immersed, matching Sean Penn, as the Secret Service agent investigating her claim, intense glower for intense glower." 11/01/2005 p.110
Sydney Pollack
Nicole Kidman
Sean Penn
Cast & Crew
Catherine Keener - Actor
Charles Randolph, et. al. - Screenplay
Darius Khondji - Cinematographer
G. Mac Brown - Executive Producer
James Newton Howard, et. al. - Original Music By
Jesper Christensen - Actor
Jon Hutman - Production Designer
Martin Stellman, et. al. - Story By
Nicole Kidman - Actor
Sean Penn - Actor
Sidney Pollack - Director
Tim Bevan, et. al. - Producer
William Steinkamp - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 25836
UPC 00025192583629
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The Interpreter is a cut above the average politically-based thriller. Although the events depicted in the film are fictional (as is the country in which some of the action transpires), they bear a more-than-passing resemblance to incidents that have rocked African nations in recent decades. This makes the backstory more credible than what one might otherwise expect. The screenplay successfully develops suspense without relying on the bait-and-switch tactics that often leave a viewer dissatisfied with an "unexpected" twist. The Interpreter builds to a satisfying conclusion that will not inflict the average audience member with a case of cinematic whiplash.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter is a taut and intelligent thriller, centering on Nicole Kidman as an interpreter at the United Nations, and Sean Penn as a Secret Service agent. And, no, they don't have romantic chemistry: For once, the players in a dangerous game are too busy for sex -- too busy staying alive and preventing murder. They do, however, develop an intriguing closeness, based on shared loss and a sympathy for the other person as a human being. There's a moment when she rests her head on his shoulder, and he puts a protectively arm around her, and we admire the movie for being open to those feelings.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up.
New York Daily News Gripping! An intelligent nail biter!
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