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Woody Allen's favourite film of his own.
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.
Woody Allen's first film in 19 years to make a profit in America. The last was Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
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).
At 124 minutes, 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").
In a nod to Hitchcock, a playbill showing Woody's face in deadpan is briefly seen as Chris arrives at the Tate museum to meet Nola.
Woody Allen's first film shot entirely in Britain.
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.
On set, Jonathan Rhys Meyers learned how to do a very good Woody Allen impression which he later performed on "Live With Regis and Kelly".
Originally set in the Hamptons.
The family name "Hewett" is a play on the ultra exclusive Manhattan private school "Hewitt" which Mr. Allen's daughters attend.
The film was shown out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
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.
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 1951 movie version of that novel, A Place in the Sun (starring Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, and Elizabeth Taylor). Despite the unmistakable similarity between the plots of An American Tragedy and Match Point, however, there was no acknowledgment of Dreiser in the credits, and Match Point's only Oscar nomination was for Best Original Screenplay (not Adapted). Allen later repeated this tactic for creating a screenplay with his screenplay for Blue Jasmine, which bears unmistakable plot similarities to Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire but which didn't credit Williams. Allen was again nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine.
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In joke: 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 they see midway through the movie is Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman in White".
Both Woody Allen and Emily Mortimer share a birthday (December 1).
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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's 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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