The Words

September 7th 2012
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • PG-13,
  • 97 min,
  • CBS Films
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons, John Hanna, Michael McKean, Zeljko Ivanek, Ron Rifkin, Nora Arnezeder, Gianpaolo Venuta, Liz Stauber, James Babson, Jeanie Hackett, Keeva Lynk
  • Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
  • Writers: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
  • Producers: Michael Benaroya, Tatiana Kelly, Jim Young
  • Co Producers: Rose Ganguzza, James Lejsek, Ben Sachs
  • Executive Producers: Cassian Elwes, Laura Rister
  • Casting: Eyde Belasco
  • Costume Design: Simonetta Mariano
  • D.O.P.: Antonio Calvache
  • Editor: Leslie Jones
  • Makeup: Melissa Fafard
  • Music: Marcelo Zarvos
  • Production Design: Michele Laliberte


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Brief strong language and smoking
  • Production Budget: $6 million
  • Production Companies: Also Known As Pictures, Benaroya Pictures, Animus Films, Serena Films, Waterfall Media
  • Production Schedule: July 2011 - September 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Having screened at Sundance this week to a solid response, this part-thriller/part-romantic drama with a plagiarism theme is one of the most accessibly mainstream films to show at Park City this year. That explains why CBS Films quickly came in and picked it up ahead of its premiere, and will likely give it a decent sized theatrical run later this year.

Bradley Cooper, the questionably official 'Sexiest Man of 2011', heads up a hell of an impressive cast in the story of an aspiring novelist (Cooper) who comes upon a dusty old manuscript in a vintage satchel and passes it off as his own work. He earns both acclaim and money, but right after the book goes on sale an elderly man (Jeremy Irons) approaches him and says he is the true author.

There's punchy pacing and three different story lines to explore - Cooper's theft, the past of Irons' character, and a story-within-a-story framing device with Dennis Quaid as a best-selling author telling the tale of Cooper's character. Chuck in some bright and pretty young things like Zoe Saldana and Ben Barnes in supporting roles and you have a pretty interesting sounding film.

Scribes Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal make their directorial debut here and reviews call it a confident, well performed and brisk tale. In fact a few think it may be over confident in its ambitions, as a result its grasp slips a few times - be it the darker themes of guilt and ultimately redemption in the third act upsetting an otherwise breezy narrative, or the lack of proper connectiveness between the subplots. Either way it should spark some interesting debate."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 7 September 2012: Israel
  • 21 September 2012: Italy
  • 4 October 2012: Singapore
  • 11 October 2012: New Zealand
  • 18 October 2012: Portugal
  • 31 October 2012: Belgium, Spain
  • 1 November 2012: Argentina
  • 8 November 2012: Hong Kong
  • 9 November 2012: Mexico
  • 15 November 2012: Greece
  • 6 December 2012: Russia
  • 13 December 2012: Netherlands