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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

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From a humble background and with traditional values, Irish Chris Wilton is still struggling financially despite being a recently retired high ranked tennis pro. He has taken a job as a tennis instructor at an upscale London tennis club, although he knows there is a better life for him somewhere down the road. He is befriended by one of his students, wealthy Tom Hewett. Chris starts to date Tom's sister, Chloe Hewett, a girl-next-door type who is immediately attracted to Chris. Chloe quickly knows she wants to marry Chris, and through her businessman father, Alec Hewett, tries to help Chris and their future by getting him an executive job in Alec's company. In his life with the Hewetts, Chris begins to enjoy the finer things in life. Through it all however, Chris cannot help thinking about Nola Rice, a struggling American actress who he meets at the Hewett estate and who is Tom's unofficial fiancée. Nola is vivacious, and she knows the effect she has on men, including Chris. Unlike ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$73,208 (Switzerland) (4 November 2005)

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$23,089,926 (USA)
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Many critics and viewers of this movie noted that the plot bore many essential similarities to Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel "An American Tragedy," as well as the movie version of that novel, A Place in the Sun (1951), starring Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, and Elizabeth Taylor. Despite the unmistakable similarity between the plots of "An American Tragedy" and Match Point (2005), however, there was no acknowledgment of Dreiser in the credits, and Match Point (2005)'s only Oscar nomination was for Best Original Screenplay (not Adapted). Woody Allen later repeated this tactic for creating a screenplay with his script for Blue Jasmine (2013), which bears unmistakable plot similarities to Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire," but which didn't credit Williams. Allen was again nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine (2013). See more »

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Nola calls Chris on his mobile when Alec and Eleanor Hewett are visiting. Chris's Motorola phone plays Nokia's default ringtone. See more »

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Christopher "Chris" Wilton: The man who said "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn't, and you lose.
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Le Rififi
Composed by Philippe-Gérard (1954)
Lyrics written by Jacques Larue (1954)
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Some new territory for Woody Allen
7 June 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This film at first doesn't seem like a typical Woody Allen film but at the end you know it's one and why. While the story and theme is familiar, Mr Allen brings new perspective and avoids clichés. He goes to the themes he explored in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" but without the Ingmar Bergman homage. Instead it's more fun and exciting to watch. I guess the young hot cast and new location doesn't seem like the usual Woody Allen film, even though he used young hot talents before. This one belongs to his best films which is good news to his fans. The cast is excellent but the supporting cast outshines the leads somehow. Matthew Goode made a strong impression and sure to become a star in the near future. I'm glad Woody Allen changed locations and used some of the best British actors for a change. I guess people who will read this comment, will already know about the plot, so I will avoid it. I watched the film at Cannes where it was well received by critics and the audience.


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