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The Interpreter Details


An overheard conversation leads a woman into a dark world of deadly intrigue in this political thriller. Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an African émigré who works as an interpreter at the United Nations. One of the languages she understands is Ku, a dialect spoken in her home country of Matobo. One day, as the General Assembly auditorium is being evacuated for a routine security sweep, Broome overhears a man speaking in Ku, who makes a cryptic statement that could be interpreted as a threat against the life of Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), Matobo's controversial ruler. Secret Service agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) is brought in to investigate Broome's story, and it isn't long before he's convinced that she knows more than she's willing to tell. As Keller and his partner, Dot Woods (Catherine Keener), dig deeper into Broome's story as well as her past, they discover a shocking tale of violence and corruption tied to Zuwanie's regime. The Interpreter was directed by Sydney Pollack, who also appears in a brief supporting role. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 22, 2005


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2005 Winner


Nicole Kidman
as Silvia Broome
Sean Penn
as Tobin Keller
Catherine Keener
as Dot Woods
Jesper Christensen
as Nils Lud
Yvan Attal
as Philippe
David Zayas
as Charlie Russell
Michael Wright
as Marcus
George Harris
as Kuman-kuman
Sophie Traub
as Young Silvia
Dino Mulima
as African Boy
Eric Keenleyside
as Rory Robb
Jim Ward
as U.N. Security Officer
Enid Graham
as Jenny
Christopher Evan Welch
as Jonathan Williams
Guy A. Fortt
as U.N. Security Officer
Jacques Sebag
as French Ambassador
David Fonteno
as Phillip Ostroff
Francine Roussel
as Isobel
Ramsey Faragallah
as Polygraph Technician
Hugo Speer
as Simon Broome
Maz Jobrani
as Mo
John di Benedetto
as Mechanic
as African Boy
Yusuf Gatewood
as Doug
Pietro Gonzalez
as Chilean Ambassador
Earl Cameron
as Zuwanie
Paul De Sousa
as Portuguese Janitor
Leonid Citer
as Russian Interpreter
Nelson Landrieu
as Spanish Speaking Interpreter
Margot Staub
as News Reporter
Manuel Mawele
as African Boy
Trevor Archer
as U.N. Security Officer
Harry O'Reilly
as U.N. Security Officer
Tsai Chin
as Luan
Byron Utley
as Jean Gamba
Terry Serpico
as FBI Agent Lewis
Adrian Martinez
as Roland
Pat Kiernan
as Himself
Lynne Deragon
as American Ambassador Davis
Monty Ashton-Lewis
as Young Simon
Diane Winter
as British Airways Ticket Agent
John Knox
as Fred Jameson
Vladimir Bibic
as G.A. President
Satish Joshi
as Secretary General
Patrick Ssenjovu
as Jad Jamal
Kirby Mitchell
as U.N. Security Officer
Chris McKinney
as Forensic Officer
Clyde Kusatsu
as Police Chief Lee Wu
Robert Clohessy
as FBI Agent King
Okwui Okpokwasili
as Tour Guide
Michael Patrick McGrath
as Jonathan Ferris
Ricardo Walker
as U.N. Security Officer
Lou Ferguson
as Matoban Ambassador


Sydney Pollack
Eric Fellner
Kevin Misher
Tim Bevan
Scott Frank
Martin Stellman
Screen Story
Steven Zaillian
Charles Randolph
Brian Ward
Screen Story
Darius Khondji
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
William Steinkamp
Jon Hutman
Production Designer
Debra Hayward
Liza Chasin
G. Mac Brown
Executive Producer
Anthony Minghella
Executive Producer
Sydney Pollack
Executive Producer
Sarah Edwards
Costume Designer
Carla Meyer
Dialect Coach
Tim Monich
Dialect Coach