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The Interpreter (2005)

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The Interpreter is a 2005 political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, and Jesper Christensen. It is notable for being the first movie to have been shot inside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The movie opens in a dusty African landscape: the Republic of Matobo (a name from the Matobo National Park in Matabeleland Zimbabwe), where rebel leader Ajene Xola (Curtiss Cook) is driving two men, Simon and Philippe, to the abandoned Centennial Stadium. They briefly discuss how President Edmond Zuwanie (Earl Cameron)’s regime has ruthlessly exterminated most of the population, and intimidated the survivors into silence. Upon their arrival at the stadium, they discover that the informants are schoolboys, who point Ajene and Simon in the direction of corpses left by Zuwanie’s security apparatus, while Philippe stays in the car.

Shouting lures Ajene and Simon back to the field, where they are promptly executed by the boys, who are revealed to be willing accomplices of Zuwanie’s secret police. Upon hearing the gunshots, Philippe clambers out of the car and hides, taking pictures of a car arriving carrying Matoban officials, and then escapes the vicinity. Meanwhile, Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an interpreter for the United Nations in New York City.

Director: Sydney Pollack

Writers: Martin Stellman (story), Brian Ward (story), Charles Randolph (screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal, Earl Cameron, George Harris


Nicole KidmanSilvia Broome
Sean PennTobin Keller
Catherine KeenerDot Woods
Jesper ChristensenNils Lud
Yvan AttalPhilippe
Earl CameronZuwanie
George HarrisKuman-Kuman
Michael WrightMarcus
Clyde KusatsuPolice Chief Lee Wu
Eric KeenleysideRory Robb
Hugo SpeerSimon Broome
Maz JobraniMo
Yusuf GatewoodDoug
Curtiss CookAjene Xola (as Curtiss I’Cook)
Byron UtleyJean Gamba
Robert ClohessyFBI Agent King
Terry SerpicoFBI Agent Lewis
David FontenoPhillip Ostroff
John KnoxFred Jameson
David ZayasCharlie Russell
Lynne DeragonAmerican Ambassador Davis
Christopher Evan WelchJonathan Williams
Manuel MaweleAfrican Boy
Dino MulimaAfrican Boy
LittoAfrican Boy
Adrian MartinezRoland
Tsai ChinLuan
Francine RousselIsobel
Enid GrahamJenny
Lou FergusonMatoban Ambassador
Okwui OkpokwasiliTour Guide
Vladimir BibicG.A. President
Jacques SebagFrench Ambassador
Pietro GonzálezChilean Ambassador (as Pietro Gonzales)
Patrick SsenjovuJad Jamal
Michael McGrathJonathan Ferris (as Michael Patrick McGrath)
Paul De SousaPortuguese Janitor
Chris McKinneyForensic Officer
Martha ElliottWoman on Bus
James HarrisonU.N. Security Officer (as Jim Ward)
Trevor ArcherU.N. Security Officer
Ricardo WalkerU.N. Security Officer
Harry O’ReillyU.N. Security Officer
Kirby MitchellU.N. Security Officer
Guy A. ForttU.N. Security Officer (as Guy Fortt)
Ramsey FaragallahPolygraph Technician
John Di BenedettoMechanic
Bridget L. DoerksenStripper
Ana Maria LupoStripper
Nelson LandrieuSpanish Speaking Interpreter
Leonid CiterRussian Interpreter
Satish JoshiSecretary General
Sophie TraubYoung Silvia
Monty Ashton-LewisYoung Simon
Pat KiernanSelf
Margot StaubNews Reporter
Harry PrichettNews Reporter
Ed Onipede BluntNews Reporter
Diane WinterBritish Airways Ticket Agent
Brevard HudsonInterperter
Lisa Marie PalmieriUN VIP Delegate
Sherae AdamsAmbassador of Surname (uncredited)
Ernest Dallas AlexisUnited Nations Protester (uncredited)
James P. AndersonYugoslavian Delegate (uncredited)
Michael ArthurUnited Nations Cop (uncredited)
Timothy AuldU.N. Security Officer (uncredited)
Anthony M. BertramCongressman (uncredited)
Gerry Robert ByrneU.N. Tourist (uncredited)
Hélène CardonaFrench Interpreter (voice) (uncredited)
Wayne ChangSecret Service Agent (uncredited)
Johnson ChongChinese Delegate (uncredited)
Ty CopemanUnited Nations Security (uncredited)
Dono CunninghamFBI Agent (uncredited)
Greg D’AgostinoU.N. Security Officer (uncredited)
Andrew DawsonUN Secret Service (uncredited)
Mike DobbinsU.N. Protestor (uncredited)
Joe Remy DolinskyPeruvian Diplomat (uncredited)
Dana EskelsonSecret Service Agent #1 (uncredited)
Marshall FactoraPrime Minister at Strip Club (uncredited)
Tony GaltieriUnited Nations Delegate (uncredited)
Edwin David GarciaPapua New Guinea Delegate (uncredited)
Chuck GerenaSecret Service Agent – motorcade (uncredited)
Eli HarrisSecretary of Staff (uncredited)
Sandi HigginsFrench Delegate (uncredited)
Roland Webb IIICamera Man #6 (uncredited)
Diane InginoU.N. Delegate – Republic of San Marino (uncredited)
Julie JeiJapanese Ambassador (uncredited)
Jossara JinaroVoice (voice) (uncredited)
Christopher JudeTourist / Protester (uncredited)
Jennifer JulianNews Reporter (uncredited)
Tanda KerínU.N. Staff (uncredited)
Amerindia LazUN Delegate (uncredited)
Shawn LuckeyU.N. Delegate (uncredited)
Arthur LupettiUnited Nations Delegate (uncredited)
Todd MaltaSgt. Luper (uncredited)
Dirk MarksDelegate (uncredited)
Denis McKeownDelegate from Luxembourg (uncredited)
Robert MyersU.N. Delegate (uncredited)
Joe O’DellSecret Service Agent (uncredited)
Nancy OteroPassenger on Bus (uncredited)
Loukas PapasUnited Nations VIP Defense Delegate (uncredited)
Gloria ParksProtester (uncredited)
Rose PasqualeBarfly (uncredited)
Sydney PollackJay Pettigrew (uncredited)
Nick PoltoraninPolice Officer (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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