The Words

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Thriller
Running Time:  96 min.
Release Date: September 7, 2012
DVD: December 28, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.88
based on 162 votes and 41 reviews
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Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana


Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) is a struggling writer. After five years of being unsuccessful at getting his novel published, Rory is stuck as a supervisor in a publishing firm and has slowly let his life slip away. One day, while rifling through his old belongings, Rory finds a manuscript in an old briefcase he bought in Paris. It's the best novel he's ever read and is unlike anything he’s ever written.

The manuscript lists no author, so Rory decides to pass it off as his own. In doing so, he experiences a level of fame and fortune he'd never imagined, although wife Dora (Zoe Saldana) always knew he deserved it. Rory manages to live in bliss and denial until he meets the Old Man (Jeremy Irons), the true author of the manuscript, a story he wrote about his own life. Rory quickly learns that his devious actions come with a big price.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Montreal.

Director: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Tatiana Kelly, Michael Benaroya, Jim Young
Screenplay: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
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  • 2 stars "Slow, plodding....didn't understand how the Quaid character came to the information..."
  • 4 stars "Was a good movie..."
  • 1 star "good promise, bad pacing. change of context makes it boring at times. no real ending at all, who didn't see whatever they call the ending coming? just bad bad bad. could have done so much more with the idea just by making the dialogs not suck."