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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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24 August 2001 (USA) See more »
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  (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)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (Mono) | Dolby Digital (Mono) | SDDS (Mono)

Did You Know?

Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson both turned down the role of C.W. Briggs. So Allen decided to play the role himself.See more »
Errors in geography: The train station called Grand Central in the film is in fact at Hoboken, operated by New Jersey transit.See more »
C.W.:I hate her just like I hate that German Chancellor with the moustache.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Panic Room (2002)See more »
Sunrise SerenadeSee more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"It's a match made in heaven... by a retarded angel.", 4 April 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

"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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