All it takes is a whisper

Directed by Oscar winner Sidney Pollack, whose classic thrillers Three Days of the Condor, Absence of Malice and The Firm have set the standard for the genre. The Interpreter stars Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in a suspenseful thriller of international intrigue set inside the political corridors of the United Nations and on the streets of New York.

Kidman stars as African-born interpreter Silvia Broome, who inadvertently overhears a death threat against an African head of state scheduled to address the United Nation’s General Assembly. Realising she’s become a target of the assassins as well, Sylvia’s desperate to thwart the plot.. if only she can survive long enough to get someone to believe her.

Sean Penn is Tobin Keller, the federal agent charged with protecting the interpreter, who nonetheless suspects she may not be telling the whole truth. Silvia and Tobin, by nature, see life from different points of vie: one, a UN interpreter, believes in the power and sanctity of words; the other, a Secret Service agent, believes in reading people based on their behaviour, no matter what is said.

In the right hallway, at the right time, all it takes is a whisper to tip the balance of power.



April 15, 2005


Sydney Pollack


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


Universal Pictures


Crime, Drama, Thriller




128 minutes