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The Words (2012)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 11,712 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 September 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
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  • IMDb page: The Words (2012)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 11,712 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 September 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Budget: $6,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $11,434,867(USA)(30 September 2012)
  • Stars: Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Marcelo Zarvos   
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Writer | Novel | Soldier | Plagiarized Book | Two Word Title

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Brian Klugman  screenplay
  • Lee Sternthal  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Rosamund Pike auditioned for the role that went to Olivia Wilde
  • Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman wrote the script back in 1999. As friends of Bradley Cooper before his Hangover fame, they ask him to play the lead, he accepted then and kept his word more than 10 years later.

Goofs: Continuity: When Rory and the old man are in the hot house, the old man's left collar button is unbuttoned/buttoned between shots.

Plot: A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. Full summary »  »

Story: 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  


Synopsis: Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid), a famous author, attends a public reading of his new book, The Words, centered on Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), an aspiring writer who lives in New York City with his girlfriend, Dora (Zoe Saldana). With the help of his father (J. K. Simmons), Rory gets a job as a mail supervisor in a literary agency and attempts to sell his first novel, which is repeatedly rejected by publishers.

After living together for some time, Rory and Dora marry and, during their honeymoon in Paris, Dora presents Rory with a gift, an old briefcase from an antiques store. Returning to America, Rory finds an old but masterfully written manuscript in the briefcase with a central character named Jack. Rory types the manuscript into his laptop. Later, while using the laptop, Dora happens upon the novel and reads it. Assuming her husband wrote it, Dora encourages him to meet with a publisher, Joseph Cutler (eljko Ivanek), who offers Rory a contract after reading the manuscript, which Rory accepts. The book is a hit and Rory becomes famous.

At this point, Hammond takes a break from the reading and goes backstage, where he is introduced by his agent (John Hannah) to Daniella (Olivia Wilde), a student and amateur writer who wants to interview him and notes that he is separated from his wife, although he still wears a wedding ring. Hammond agrees to meet her after the ceremony and returns to the stage, where he continues to read the book.

The second part of the reading details Rorys encounter with an unnamed old man (Jeremy Irons) in New York City’s Central Park, who reveals himself as the true author of the manuscript and that it was based on his life in Paris. Irons’s character explains that he was a young man (played by Ben Barnes) when first stationed in France by the US Army in the final days of World War II where he fell in love with Celia (Nora Arnezeder), a French waitress. They eventually married and had a daughter, but the baby died shortly after birth. Unable to cope with the loss, Celia left him and moved to her parents’ house. He then used his pain as inspiration to write the manuscript, which he took to Celia while visiting her at her parents home. She found the story so moving that she chose to return to him. However, she unintentionally left the manuscript in a briefcase on the train after her trip back to Paris, thereby losing it. The scene shifts to the present and the old man explains that he and Celia tried to repair their marriage but they eventually divorced. Irons’s character leaves Rory sitting alone on a park bench.

The public reading ends and Hammond tells his fans they must buy the book to learn how it ends. Daniella then accompanies Hammond back to his apartment where she pressures him into telling her more. Hammond explains that Rory tells the truth about the creation of the story, first to his wife and then to Cutler, his publisher. Also, Rory tells Cutler he wants to credit the old man as the true author. Cutler angrily advises against this as it would severely damage both their reputations and recommends giving the old man a share of the book’s profits instead.

Rory then seeks out the old man to pay him and finds him working in a plant nursery. Irons’s character refuses the money but, after doing so, reveals that while once riding a train to work, years after his divorce, he spotted Celia with a new husband and a baby girl at a train station. The old man points out that people always move on from their mistakes as Rory will too.

Daniella continues to pressure Hammond for more details. He reveals that the old man dies not long after Rorys second meeting with him along with the secret about who the manuscript’s author really is. However, Rory cant move on emotionally and is tormented by nightmares until he focuses his grief on another book, one that allows him to tell the true story of the manuscript.

Impressed with this, Daniella passionately kisses Hammond on the mouth but he pulls away, apparently unsure about whether to become romantically involved with another woman. However, in that moment, he remembers Rory lying in Dora’s arms as she tells him everything will be alright, suggesting The Words is an autobiographic book with Rory as Hammond’s surrogate.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael Benaroya known as producer
  • Cassian Elwes known as executive producer
  • Rose Ganguzza known as co-producer
  • Tatiana Kelly known as producer
  • James Lejsek known as co-producer
  • Laura Rister known as executive producer
  • Ben Sachs known as co-producer
  • François Sylvestre known as line producer
  • Jim Young known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dennis Quaid known as Clay Hammond
  • John Hannah known as Richard Ford
  • Jeremy Irons known as The Old Man
  • Bradley Cooper known as Rory Jansen
  • Zoe Saldana known as Dora Jansen
  • Vito DeFilippo known as New York Apartment Doorman
  • Michael McKean known as Nelson Wylie
  • Lucinda Davis known as Vendor
  • J.K. Simmons known as Mr. Jansen
  • Olivia Wilde known as Daniella
  • James Babson known as Dan Zuckerman
  • Kevin Desfosses known as Rory's Assistant
  • Ron Rifkin known as Timothy Epstein
  • Brian Klugman known as Jason Rosen
  • Liz Stauber known as Camy Rosen (as Elizabeth Stauber)
  • Ben Barnes known as Young Man
  • Nora Arnezeder known as Celia
  • Gianpaolo Venuta known as Dave Farber
  • Raphael Grosz-Harvey known as Soldier #1
  • Brent Skagford known as Soldier #2
  • Andrew MacKay known as Soldier #3
  • Zeljko Ivanek known as Joseph Cutler
  • Gloria Cooper known as Rory's Mother
  • Weston Middleton known as Nick Weinstein
  • Lee Sternthal known as Brett Cropsey
  • Holden Wong known as Fordham's Assistant
  • Daniel Gervais known as Fordham's Assistant
  • Anders Yates known as Clay Hammond's Assistant
  • Jean-Marie Montbarbut known as Paris Doctor
  • Robert Paul Chauvelot known as Conductor
  • Leni Parker known as Journalist
  • Sebastien Pilotte known as Celia's Husband
  • Emile Rivard known as Celia's Child
  • David Gow known as Hotel Desk Clerk
  • Kathleen Fee known as Woman on the Bus
  • Keeva Lynk known as Cynthia
  • Jeanie Hackett known as Joyce Weinstein
  • Gordon Masten known as Elderly Man
  • Jude Beny known as Elderly Woman
  • Mark Camacho known as Fan
  • Carly Granovsky known as Attendee



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Michelle Côté known as hair stylist
  • Melissa Fafard known as makeup artist
  • Emilie Gauthier known as key makeup artist
  • Corald Giroux known as key hair department head
  • Gaétan Landry known as co-hair department head
  • Lori McCoy-Bell known as personal hair stylist: Bradley Cooper
  • Vera Steimberg Moder known as personal makeup artist
  • Janeen Schreyer known as personal makeup artist: Bradley Cooper

Art Department:

  • Dominique Brunel known as property master
  • Isabelle Côté known as graphic designer
  • Alain Giguère known as head scenic painter
  • The Godding Brothers known as set dresser
  • Blanche Moreau known as art department assistant coordinator




Production Companies:

  • Also Known As Pictures (presents)
  • Benaroya Pictures (presents)
  • Animus Films
  • Serena Films
  • Waterfall Media

Other Companies:

  • A & R Brochu Construction  set construction
  • CNSO Studios  recording studio
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Private Island Audio  post-production sound services
  • Prodigy Public Relations  publicity
  • Tunnel Post  Digital Intermediate


  • Alfa Films (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • CBS Films (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2012) (Spain) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2013) (Non-USA) (all media) (midlle east)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Parlay Films (2011) (Non-USA) (all media)
  • Pinema (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2012) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2012) (Romania) (all media)
  • SBS Contents Hub (2012) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Artifex Animation Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Jake Akuna known as visual effects artist
  • Emmanuel Bazin known as matte painter: Artifex Animation Studios
  • Pascal Depocas known as compositor: Artifex Animation Studios
  • Emanuelle Gill known as modeler and texture artist: Artifex Animation Studios
  • Marc Hall known as visual effects supervisor: Artifex Animation Studios

Release Date:

  • USA 27 January 2012 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Canada 7 September 2012
  • Israel 7 September 2012
  • USA 7 September 2012
  • Switzerland 20 September 2012 (Zurich Film Festival)
  • Italy 21 September 2012
  • Kuwait 4 October 2012
  • Singapore 4 October 2012
  • New Zealand 11 October 2012
  • Serbia 26 October 2012 (Cinemania)
  • Spain 26 October 2012 (Valladolid International Film Festival)
  • Spain 31 October 2012
  • Portugal 1 November 2012
  • Taiwan 1 November 2012
  • Hungary 8 November 2012
  • Hong Kong 22 November 2012
  • Brazil 23 November 2012
  • Russia 29 November 2012
  • Mexico 7 December 2012
  • Turkey 7 December 2012
  • Netherlands 13 December 2012
  • Belgium 16 January 2013
  • Sweden 6 February 2013 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 9 May 2013

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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