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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.
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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Writer (WGA):
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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:

Ty Copeman ... Dancer (uncredited)
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 .... 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 Guilbaud .... payroll accountant
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?

For her audition, Elizabeth Berkley had her hair done in a Veronica Lake 1940s-style. Unfortunately on the way to the audition, she got caught in a rainstorm and her hair was ruined.See more »
Boom mic visible: When C.W. first meets the Coopersmith brothers, the reflection of the boom mic can clearly be seen in the upper right-hand side of one of the windows.See more »
Al:So did you tell her who's boss?
C.W.:Is she kidding, talking to me like that? It's 'cause she thinks she's smarter... you know, 'cause she graduated from Vassar and I went to driving school.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Panic Room (2002)See more »
Two Sleepy PeopleSee more »


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42 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A delight. Woody Allen in his classical style, as good as ever., 9 July 2002
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

I paraphrase from memory from Allen's speech at the 2001 Oscars: `When the Academy called me, I was surprised - as you know, my movie, ‘The Curse of the Jade Scorpion', hadn't been nominated for anything. I thought maybe they'd called to apologise.' At the time, I thought this was just another self-deprecating joke. And I'm sure it was. But having seen the film, I'm starting to think he had a point, or at least, as much of a point as anyone who complains about being snubbed at the Oscars ever has.

In three of the categories which are ludicrously called ‘technical' - art direction, cinematography costume design - Allen's picture had as much right to be included among the nominees as half of those that WERE included; it also had an original screenplay that had far more going for it than that of "Amelie" or "Monster's Ball" and it was at the very least above the AVERAGE quality of the films competing for the Best Picture award.

Really - it's one of Allen's better films, and I don't see how anyone could reasonably think otherwise. The early, pure comedies which some people supposedly still long for ("Take the Money and Run", "Sleeper") weren't actually any funnier; the obvious classics (like "Manhattan") weren't better structured, or cleverer, or more pointed. (Granted, "Manhattan", "Zelig" et al. had a divine spark which isn't, perhaps, to be found here, but you can't expect to be zapped by a divine spark every day of the week.) It's an old-time romantic comedy, set in the 1940s, which could ONLY be set in the 1940s (and Allen has a magic touch when it comes to 20th Century period pieces; don't ask me to explain it), in which several clichés - a contrived and unlikely plot involving (in this instance) hypnotism, a male lead decades older than the female lead, an odd couple who start by loathing each other and end up in love - are explained, given surprising depth, and pressed into serving new functions. When Briggs and Fitzgerald are arbitrarily HYPNOTISED into falling in love, it's like a comment on the absurdity of the way love strikes in romantic comedies ... but the story never fails to work perfectly when taken straight, too. All of Allen's implied second-order comments serve, in the end, to enrich the first-order story. It's as if he decided to show us that fiction crafted to debunk the conventions of other works of fiction CAN actually be good in its own right, when it's done by a true artist rather than some wanker with a theoretical axe to grind. The result: "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" is diverting, pleasurable, and satisfying as not one film in a hundred succeeds in being.

Place this alongside "Sweet and Lowdown" and you'll wonder how the rumour that Woody Allen's powers are declining ever got started. I blame the modern addiction to novelty. Allen has been making movies for a while now, and even though his films today are no more derivative than they've ever been (less so, in fact), a Woody Allen picture is no longer a new KIND of thing. The same people who would argue that Haydn's 102nd symphony couldn't possibly be as good as his 80th because the latter happened to have been written and performed first (and there are people who WOULD argue this, the instant it became fashionable to do so), will tell you that "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" is clearly inferior to, say, "The Purple Rose of Cairo", because it's in the same style and vein, and was made later. Put like that, the view sounds silly. And indeed it is.

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