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The Words Movie Quotes

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"The Words" movie quotes weave together the story of three writers all who are pushed to their limits in search of success. The mystery movie focuses on one writer who in a moment of weakness publishes the work of another's as his own then struggles to deal with the consequences of his actions. First screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, "The Words" was written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal before picked up by CBS Films for a September 7, 2012, United States release.

In "The Words," Rory (Bradley Cooper) aspires to be a famous writer but the words he seeks simply do not come to mind. His best attempt at a novel is declined by his publishing house leaving Rory and wife Dora (Zoe Saldana) discouraged and broke. Everything changes however when Rory stumbles upon an old satchel Zoe purchased for him on their Paris honeymoon and the amazing manuscript hidden inside.

Rory takes that manuscript, types it into his computer then presents it as his own. It becomes an instant hit and rockets him to stardom but he soon meets an Old Man in Central Park (Jeremy Irons) who forces him to reflect long and hard about the unethical choice he made. Dennis Quaid, Olivia Munn and Ben Barnes all co-star in the film which weaves between three separate realities with painful similarities.

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"The Words" twists and turns as the thriller leaves audiences wondering which story is real and which is fiction. For a little something more straight forward, try other great 2012 movies such as "Lawless," "Cosmopolis," "Premium Rush," "Hit and Run," "ParaNorman," "Sparkle," "The Expendables 2" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."
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    It's So Different

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    Dora: "It's so different than anything you've ever done before."

    After Rory writes the novel that makes him famous, wife Dora remarks about how different this book is from all the rest he's written. It's almost as if it was written by someone else entirely...
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    Price to Pay

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    The Old Man: "You think you can just steal a man's life and expect there to be no price to pay? ... We all make difficult choices in life. The hard thing is to live with them."

    This Old Man is quite wise and though he often comes off as threatening, he also forces Rory to think about his decision to steal a manuscript and pass it off as his own.
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    Nature of the Publishing Business

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    Timothy Epstein: "The nature of the publishing business right now, I don't know how to publish a book like this."

    Having finally finished his best attempt at a novel, Rory visits his publishing house to get some feedback. Unfortunately for Rory, Timothy has no good news and can't help him with this type of book.
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    A Very Good Story

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    The Old Man: "I have a story, a very good story. Do you want to hear it? There he is, a dumb kid wondering what the future held. He wanted to be a writer but the words just wouldn't come... Then all of a sudden there she was. He saw a world that was bigger than the one he'd been born into... What once was his whole world suddenly seemed small. He knew the life he wanted. He knew what he had to go to get it."

    The Old Man, who also serves as the narrator for the film, begins to tell Rory a story about love, being lost and finding everything. This however turns out to be a tale very personal to both men.
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