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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 24 August 2001 (USA)
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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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 <makzax@hotmail.com>

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

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$7,496,522 (USA) (12 October 2001)
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According to Woody Allen, this is one of his worst movies because he's leading it. He couldn't find anyone to play the lead and had to do it himself, even though he felt he wasn't a good fit for the part. See more »

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Laura Kensington tells CW she brought a bottle of Stolichnaya 120 proof, but Stolichnaya's only proofs are 80 and 100. See more »

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Al: [Watching Jill walk away] My God, that girl's got a body that won't quit!
C.W.: Quit? It won't take five minutes off for a coffee break.
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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Written by Albert W. Ketèlbey
Performed by Wilbur De Paris
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"It's a match made in heaven... by a retarded angel."
4 April 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" is a romantic comedy/crime/mystery set in New York City of the 1940s which involves a love-hate relationship between veteran insurance investigator CW Briggs (Woody Allen) and his new boss Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Helen Hunt). One night, while watching the Magician's show with the rest of the employees, they are both hypnotized by a sinister hypnotist with a jade scorpion who later uses them into unknowingly stealing jewels for him. Had this comedy been written and directed by someone else, it would've been a disaster but Allen with his magic touch, had produced a funny and charming delight. That's what my husband called it after we enjoyed it together and I can't agree more. I love Ellington's music, the whole 40-th setting, and Woody's one-liners. His face in the scene where he and Helen Hunt were both hypnotized was simply hilarious - the guy knows how to do a physical comedy to perfection. I don't care if this picture has been called "a lesser Allen's movie" - it is still much better than majority of the comedies that come out every year. Even "lesser Allen" is enjoyable and memorable.


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