A Thousand Words

March 9th 2012
  • Comedy/Family,
  • PG-13,
  • 91 min,
  • Dreamworks Pictures
  • Cast: Eddie Murphy, Allison Janney, Ariel Winter, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Clark Duke, John Witherspoon, Steve Little, Justina Machado, Darcy Rose Byrnes, Terence Bernie Hines, Jordan-Claire Green, Edi Patterson, Matt Winston, Rossie Cottrell, Kayla Blake, Rakefet Abergel, Madison Leisle, Jackie Geary, Tracy Mulholland, Renee Darmiento, Shavon Kirksey, Ajay Mehta, Shelly Desai, K. Harrison Sweeney, Philip Pavel, Alan Gray, Brian R. Norris, Gina Fricchione, Andy B. Dardaine
  • Director: Brian Robbins
  • Writer: Steve Koren
  • Producers: Nicolas Cage, Alain Chabat, Stephanie Danan, Norman Golightly, Brian Robbins, Sharla Sumpter
  • Co Producer: Lars P. Winter
  • Associate Producers: Caroline Bresard, Nicolas Giraudi
  • Executive Producers: Jane Bartelme, Steve Koren
  • Art Direction: Angela Stauffer
  • Castings: Juel Bestrop, Seth Yanklewitz
  • Costume Design: Mary E. Vogt
  • D.O.P.: Clark Mathis
  • Editor: Ned Bastille
  • Makeups: Cynthia Hernandez, Kelley Mitchell, Susan Stepanian
  • Music: John Debney
  • Production Design: Clay A. Griffith
  • Set Decoration: Wayne Shepherd


Jack McCall is a fast-talking literary agent who can close any deal, any time, any way. He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack's life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard.

With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he's got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he's a goner.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor
  • Production Companies: DreamWorks SKG, Saturn Films, Varsity Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 15 May 2008 - July 2008

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2012 Guide Analysis: "It has been a long road for this Eddie Murphy family fantasy comedy to hit the screen, four years in fact since it was shot for Dreamworks who gladly handed over the mess to Paramount when the companies split. The film had reportedly disastrous test screenings which lead to repeated delays, while the sheer cost of the project (and reshoots on it last year) meant that it simply couldn't be dumped direct-to-disc.

So for a long time it just sat there in the vaults awaiting a quiet shuffling out to join the list of stinkers Murphy's been involved in over the years including "Norbit" and "Meet Dave" (both of which were helmed by this film's director Brian Robbins). When Murphy was briefly selected as Oscars host, the film was positioned to cash in on that. When he left, Paramount quickly moved it to April 20th - clearing the way for the studio's more promising comedy "The Dictator" three weeks later.

Murphy plays a fast-talking Hollywood literary agent who finds out that he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. Steve Koren penned the script, which hopefully can't be worse than his odious "It's a Wonderful Life" rip-off "Click" with Adam Sandler. Of all the films out this year, this is amongst the easiest to skip."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 March 2012: Kuwait
  • 16 May 2012: France
  • 22 June 2012: Brazil
  • 28 June 2012: Germany‚Ä®, Singapore