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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion -- 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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Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
24 August 2001 (USA) See more »
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Love stings
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A delightful gem for Woody Allen fans See more (168 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Tormey ... Sam

John Schuck ... Mize

Woody Allen ... CW Briggs

Elizabeth Berkley ... Jill

Kaili Vernoff ... Rosie

Brian Markinson ... Al
Maurice Sonnenberg ... Office Worker
John Doumanian ... Office Worker

Peter Gerety ... Ned

Helen Hunt ... Betty Ann Fitzgerald

Kevin Cahoon ... Lunch Delivery Man
Philip Levy ... Rocky's Waiter (as Phil Levy)

Wallace Shawn ... George Bond

Dan Aykroyd ... Chris Magruder
Vince Giordano ... Rainbow Room All Star
Howard Alden ... Rainbow Room All Star
Ted Sommer ... Rainbow Room All Star
Randy Sandke ... Rainbow Room All Star
Peter Ecklund ... Rainbow Room All Star
Joel Helleny ... Rainbow Room All Star
Chuck Wilson ... Rainbow Room All Star
Raymond Beckenstein ... Rainbow Room All Star (as Ray Beckenstein)
Lawrence Feldman ... Rainbow Room All Star
Ken Peplowski ... Rainbow Room All Star
Dick Hyman ... Band Leader

David Ogden Stiers ... Voltan
Carole Bayeux ... Voltan's Assistant

Kenneth Edelson ... Voltan's Participant
Brian McConnachie ... Voltan's Participant

Judy Gold ... Voltan's Participant

Herb Lovelle ... Night Guard
Carmen ... Rose Kensington
Patrick Horgan ... Kensington Guest
Howard Erskine ... Kensington Guest
Ira Wheeler ... Kensington Guest

Tina Sloan ... Kensington Guest

Ramsey Faragallah ... Fingerprint Detective
Bob Dorian ... Mike

Arthur J. Nascarella ... Tom (as Arthur Nascarella)
Trude Klein ... Kensington Maid

Charlize Theron ... Laura Kensington
Irwin Corey ... Charlie (as Professor Irwin Corey)
Michael Mulheren ... Herb Coopersmith

Peter Linari ... Joe Coopersmith
Ray Garvey ... Police Station Cop
Bruce Brown ... Radio Announcer (voice)

Dan Moran ... Street Contact
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fabrizio Fante ... Sam's Co-Worker (uncredited)
Greg Stebner ... Cop (uncredited)

Noah Weisberg ... Rainbow Room Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
Datty Ruth .... co-executive producer
Stephen Tenenbaum .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Fei Zhao (director of photography) (as Zhao Fei)
 
Film Editing by
Alisa Lepselter 
 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
 
Set Decoration by
Jessica Lanier 
 
Costume Design by
Suzanne McCabe 
 
Makeup Department
Milton Buras .... hair stylist
Eva Polywka .... makeup artist
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist
Rosemary Zurlo .... makeup artist (as Rosemarie Zurlo)
Sanja Milic .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Mary Anne Spano .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Helen Robin .... unit production manager
Janice Williams .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joan G. Bostwick .... second assistant director
Laurel Cobble .... dga trainee
Sam Hoffman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark Bachman .... assistant art director
Paul Brush Jr. .... standby carpenter (as Paul Brush)
Eric Cheripka .... assistant property master
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Peter Gelfman .... property master
Gerrit Gillis .... art department/shop assistant (as Gerritt Gillis)
W. Steven Graham .... assistant art director
Regina Graves .... assistant set decorator
Daniel K. Grosso .... leadman
Vincent Guarriello .... chief construction grip
Hinju Kim .... assistant art director
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
Sarah Maine .... art department/shop assistant
Robin McAllister .... assistant property master
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald Petagna)
Renée Plamondon .... art department/shop assistant
Carlos Rossi .... art department/shop assistant
Chinyere Ryan .... scenic artist
Cliff Schorr .... standby scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Margot Therre .... scenic artist
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter (uncredited)
Amy Dholakia-Jorand .... industrial scenic (uncredited)
Andrew Rossig .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Yesair .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... production sound mixer
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Ryan Collison .... foley recording engineer
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Frank Graziadei .... boom operator
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Bradford L. Hohle .... consultant: Dolby Stereo (as Brad Hohle)
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Todd Milner .... foley editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Yuen .... cable man
 
Special Effects by
John Ottesen .... special effects coordinator
Ron Ottesen .... special effects coordinator (as Ronald Ottesen)
 
Visual Effects by
Addison Pettit .... computer artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David E. Baron .... first assistant camera
John Clifford .... still photographer
Ray Collins .... second assistant camera (as Raymond Collins)
David Flanigan .... camera loader
Michael Green .... camera operator
Chris Hammond .... best boy electric
James Pollard .... key grip (as Jim Pollard)
Michael Proscia Jr. .... gaffer
Rory Walsh .... best boy grip
Michael Gallart .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Michael Gallart .... rigging best boy (uncredited)
James Harker .... electrician (uncredited)
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Balint Pinczehelyi .... grip (uncredited)
Joshua Van Praag .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: Kee Casting
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto .... casting associate
Bill Tripician .... extras casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe supervisor
Marisa Armstrong .... costume assistant
Susan Carrano .... assistant costume designer
James Hammer .... assistant costume designer (as Jim Hammer)
Kelly Harrigan .... costume assistant
John Mitchell .... costume assistant
Melissa Stanton .... wardrobe supervisor
Thomas Stokes .... shop wardrobe supervisor (as Tom Stokes)
Stephanie Biear .... seamstress (uncredited)
Lisa R. Frucht .... costumer (uncredited)
Kirsten Mogg .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sara Corrigan .... first assistant editor
Jennifer Lilly .... assistant editor
Lila Place .... apprentice editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
 
Transportation Department
John Mulligan .... transportation co-captain
Peter Tavis .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Leon Adair Jr. .... parking coordinator (as Leon Adair)
John Alagna .... titles and opticals: The Effects House
Sarah Allentuch .... assistant: Woody Allen
Abby Bailey .... assistant production accountant
Robert Cavalluzzo .... location scout
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Philip Douglas .... set production assistant
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Steve Gilbaud .... payroll accountant (as Steve Guilbaud)
Jason Ivey .... set production assistant
Cary Lin .... assistant: Mr. Zhao
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant
Dedra Mack .... craft service
Les McDonough .... set production assistant
Christie Mullen .... assistant location manager
Currie Person .... location scout
Kate Rorick .... production office assistant
Angela Soon .... craft service
Louis Spoto .... legal services: Loeb & Loeb
Diane Sunderlin .... assistant production coordinator
Irwin J. Tenenbaum .... legal services: Loeb & Loeb
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... production office assistant (as Jeremy Walker)
Steven Weisberg .... location scout (as Steve Weisberg)
Marcus Patrick Witte .... set production assistant
Tom Yeager .... location manager
John Alagna .... title designer (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Jeff Lomaglio .... shop craftsmen (uncredited)
Nancyana Racker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Rodney Tait .... parking security (uncredited)
Joseph Taylor .... location scout (uncredited)
John Verni .... location scout (uncredited)
Joseph White .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Steve Garfinkel .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank: Kodak Motion Picture Film
Stefanie Hufschmidt .... thanks
Robert C. Janiszewski .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank: Hudson County executive
Greg Johnson .... thanks
Carmel Malin .... thanks
 
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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
Runtime:
103 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Voltan the magician points the gun at C. W. Briggs, he cocks it twice.See more »
Quotes:
C.W.:It's a match made in heaven... by a retarded angel.See more »
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A delightful gem for Woody Allen fans, 27 August 2001
Author: CombatShock (CombatShock2@cs.com) from G-Vegas, North Carolina

First of all, since I am such a loyal fan of Woody's films, this may not be the most objective critique in the world. I have since my 18th year thoroughly enjoyed his witty dialogue, his comedic and sometimes darker explorations into life, love, and death. In addition, I adore the variety of early jazz scores that he uses for his films. That being said, Woody at 66 years of age has showed no signs of slowing down in his flm career, delivering by far the brightest and wittiest comedy I've viewed this year, in "Curse of the Jade Scorpion". The film is a homage to the Pulp films of yesteryear. It's set in 1940, Woody plays the role of an aging detective in an insurance company. He has cracked many huge cases, receiving information from street contacts, and relying heavily on gut instinct and dumb luck. He can't stand the new efficiency expert (Helen Hunt) who is smarter than he is, younger than he is, poses a threat to his job, and can't stand him either. During a dinner party for a fellow detective's birthday, they are both hypnotized by the magician Zolton, who uses the powers of the 'Jade Scorpion' to make them fall deeply in love with one another. He snaps them out of it just as they are about to kiss, but Zolton never releases them from the key word that can at anytime send them deep into suggestive hypnosis. Later on, Zolton calls CW Briggs, hypnotizes him with the keyword, and uses him as a pawn to rob jewelry from rich estates.

The casting in the film was excellent. There are supposed film "experts" out there who believe that Woody is too old for the lead in this film, and that it is unbelievable how Charlize Theron or Helen Hunt would ever fall for him. I wholeheartedly disagree. Throughout the film, Woody's character is not displayed as a handsome or romantic gent, in fact quite the opposite. In it he is called grubby, an inchworm, and a cockroach, just to name a few. Theron only wants to have sex with him as an experiment, since she is used to handsome and muscular men, not shrimpy and ugly ones. Helen Hunt is hypnotized into loving him, and vice versa, but when they're not under Jade's spell then they absolutely loathe each other ( I won't go any further into this so I don't spoil the film's ending.) Although Woody is ageing, his performance was outstanding, not losing a step as he delivers wise cracks and witty comments, one after the other. Helen Hunt also performs flawlessly and was actually a treat to watch her. As for the rest of the cast, Dan Aykroyd is decent in a small yet significant role, as well as Charlize Theron and Elizabeth Berkeley.

The cinematography and the visual setting for the film in jazzy 1940 is absolutely exquisite, it is much more polished then his earlier works. The writing is excellent, as I've said before, Woody hasn't lost one step in his writing or his performance. The jazz soundtrack is, as usual, very pleasant and fits very well with the scenery. Overall, "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" ranks as one of my favorite Woody films. If you are a fan of his previous light comedies then you will definitely enjoy this little film. So what are you waiting for? Head up to the theatre and see it on the big screen.

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