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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  24 August 2001 (USA)
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An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Sonnenberg ...
Office Worker
John Doumanian ...
Office Worker
Lunch Delivery Man
Philip Levy ...
Rocky's Waiter (as Phil Levy)
George Bond
Vince Giordano ...
Rainbow Room All Star


CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them, in order to use them for his dirty schemes. The next evening already, Briggs makes his first robbery, and when he wakes up in the morning he has no memory of it. Things get really complicated when he starts investigating the case. Will he be able to uncover... himself? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <>

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Woody Allen Fall Project 2000  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,459,315 (USA) (24 August 2001)


$7,585,551 (Europe) (14 December 2001)

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1.37 : 1
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Woody Allen is very secretive with his scripts when he is working. Helen Hunt was allowed to read the entire script when she was offered the part, but she had to read it in one sitting and then give it back to the courier who was waiting to take it back. See more »


The copy of "The New York Times" in the film lacks a hyphen in its name, although the hyphen wasn't dropped from "The New-York Times" until 1971. See more »


Laura Kensington: I have a strawberry birthmark on my thigh. Want to see it?
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Music by Duke Ellington
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By Far Best Woody Allen in 30years,Helen Hunt Should Win Oscar!!!
20 August 2001 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Acting is great and the dialog smart and fresh. Well have you rolling in the isles. All the difference a bigger budget can do for Woody. The 1940's is caught in all it's splendor, with color and superb taste of decor. This is just a good evening of entertainment without all the special effects, and refreshing to see a role that a first rate actress can get her teeth into. Woody should be congratulated for taken second spot for Helen Hunt to shine in all her Glory. One of the best films this season in a run of death pan,juvenile comedies,without talent and very little acting. Makes you want the star system to be put back in place.

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