The Interpreter

Synopsis: Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of m
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
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128 min

to his policy of ethnic cleansing.

The Security Council therefore

must press for his immediate referral

to the International Criminal Court

in The Hague.

Miss Broome.

I'm Jonathan Williams, Ambassador Harris's

adviser. We need you for a few minutes.

- Which language?

- The Matoban ambassador. He'll speak Ku.

- Ku?

- You speak the language, don't you?

- Let's be clear, Mr. Ambassador.

- [Silvia translates into Ku]

The United States may not recognize the ICC

as a legitimate court,

but we do not condone the methods

President Zuwanie uses against his people.

[Speaks Ku]

Dr Zuwanie is an educator.

He is... our teacher.

But his opponents

engage in ever more ferocious acts.

The partisans of both Kuman-Kuman

and Ajene Xola have become...


The French proposal

is a diplomatic headache for both of us.

- What a predicament.

- It doesn't have to be.

Dr Zuwanie wouldn't have to appear

before the International Criminal Court.

Not if he were somewhere else.

- Do you want him to resign?

- Tell him this.

If he goes voluntarily, we're confident

the French proposal will be vetoed.

[Speaks English] You can tell him yourself.

He will be here next Friday,

exercising his right

to speak before the General Assembly,

where he will announce

a new programme of democratic reform.

Perhaps then there will be no vote

and your predicament will disappear.

[Silvia] It will end here.

The Teacher will never leave this room alive.

That's it.

"The Teacher will never leave this room alive. "

Word for word.

- And what language did you say?

- Ku.

It's a tribal dialect of Matoban, spoken

throughout the south central African belt.

- Did you see anyone?

- No, but I think that they saw me.

Why didn't you report this last night?

It didn't mean anything to me at the time.

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Charles Randolph

Charles Randolph is an American screenwriter and producer for film and television. Randolph was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a cultural studies and philosophy professor. At age 33, Randolph spent a weekend in Los Angeles giving lectures at the University of Southern California. From a chance meeting with someone who worked for the Farrelly brothers, Randolph was inspired to attempt screenwriting.Randolph is married to Israeli actress Mili Avital, with whom he has two children. more…

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