Match Point (2005) Poster



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This is Woody Allen's favorite film of his own.
According to Eric Lax's book, this movie is one of Woody Allen's favorite films, which are (in order): Match Point (2005), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
This was Woody Allen's first film since Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) nineteen years earlier to make a profit in the United States.
In a nod to Alfred Hitchcock, a playbill showing Woody Allen's face in deadpan is briefly seen as Chris arrives at the Tate museum to meet Nola.
Because it was filmed in Britain, Woody Allen had to have a certain percentage of British cast and crew. Apparently, he made his quota before casting Kate Winslet. After she backed out to spend more time with her family, Allen cast American Scarlett Johansson.
At 124 minutes, this is Woody Allen's longest film to date.
The haunting recording used several times in the soundtrack, including over the opening and closing credits, is the Enrico Caruso 78 rpm of "Una furtiva lagrima" ("A furtive tear"), from Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love").
On set, Jonathan Rhys Meyers learned how to do a very good Woody Allen impression, which he later performed on Live with Kelly and Michael (1988).
The painting of a girl with a red balloon on the wall that Chris walks along was done by Banksy, a graffiti artist from Bristol.
Woody Allen's first film shot entirely in Britain.
The other song frequently played is "Romance de Nadir," from Bizet's "Les pêcheurs de perles," in which one of the pearl fishers dreams about his forbidden love.
The film was originally set in the Hamptons.
The family name "Hewett" is a play on the ultra exclusive Manhattan private school Hewitt, which Woody Allen's daughters attend.
The film was shown out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
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 screenplay 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).
Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) responds to a generosity by saying, "Thank you. Thank you very much." This exact phrase is often associated with Elvis Presley, whom Meyers played in Elvis (2005).
The musical that they see midway through the movie is Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman in White".
This is not the first film where Scarlett Johansson has played a homewrecker. She also played one in The Prestige (2006) and He's Just Not That Into You (2009), among other films.
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Woody Allen and Emily Mortimer share a birthday (December 1).
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Actress Penelope Wilton plays Eleanor Hewett, Chloe Hewett's mother in the movie. So Penelope plays a Hewett in the movie, and her daughter becomes a Wilton when she marries Chris.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The reference to "Crime and Punishment" is continued, as the escape, after the double-murder is almost a step-by-step recounting of Raskolnikov's escape from his double-murder; the major difference being that the older woman was Raskolnikov's target, and the younger woman was collateral damage. In the movie, it is the other way around, but staged to look the other way.
Chris is shown reading "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Later on, when talking to Mrs. Eastby's ghost, he refers to the book, by saying that sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice the innocent in order to succeed.

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