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An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

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Storyline

In the funeral of the famous British journalist Joe Strombel, his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking for a scoop. Meanwhile the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London. He cheats the Reaper and appears to the American student of journalism Sondra Pransky, who is on the stage in the middle of a magic show of the magician Sidney Waterman in London, and tells her that the murderer is the aristocrat Peter Lyman. Sondra drags Sid in her investigation, seeking for evidences that Peter is the killer. However, she falls in love with him and questions if Joe Strombel is right in his scoop. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.

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Comedy | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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15 September 2006 (Iceland)  »

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Untitled Woody Allen Fall Project 2006  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,046,924 (USA) (28 July 2006)

Gross:

$10,515,579 (USA) (22 September 2006)
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Trivia

The lead character (originally an adult journalist) was tailored specifically to Johansson, whom Woody Allen observed as having an unused "funny" quality about her while working on the previous film Match Point (2005). See more »

Goofs

The instrument in the Music Room under which the Tarot cards are hidden is constantly referred to as a "French horn" when in fact it is actually a Conn 16E Mellophonium. Additionally, in the first scene in which the Mellophonium is shown it appears without a mouthpiece. In all subsequent scenes a mouthpiece is in place. See more »

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Funeral Speaker: Don't mourn for Joe Stromble. Joe Stromble had a full life. A newspaper man in the best tradition. A great credit to the Fourth Estate. It didn't matter if the bombs of the war zone were falling, it didn't matter how high up the political scandal went, or how many big corporations or small time racketeers leaned on him. Whatever the risk, if there was a story there, Joe went after it. And he usually got it.
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Soundtracks

Miami Beach Rhumba
Composed by Irving Fields & Albert Gamse
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Where Manhattan Murder Mystery and Match Point intersect
29 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd even say some shades of Hitchcock...this is clearly better than MMM, which is seen as a guilty pleasure by some if not most Woody fans. By the way, did you know that Annie Hall was first conceived as a murder mystery? Anyhow, Woody reclaims some relevance in film comedy with this one. The plot turns are nice and tight. I will say that in the first 20 minutes or so, some of the actors are a little too hasty at delivering their lines, but stick around. Scarlett Johansson proves well-cast in the Diane Keaton-type role, and at no time is there any uncomfortable moments between her and the much older Woody. No one could imagine a more perfect actor for the role of Peter Lyman than Jackman.


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