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Scoop -- 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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Jim Dunk ... Funeral Speaker

Robert Bathurst ... Strombel's Co-Worker

Geoff Bell ... Strombel's Co-Worker

Christopher Fulford ... Strombel's Co-Worker

Nigel Lindsay ... Strombel's Co-Worker

Ian McShane ... Joe Strombel

Fenella Woolgar ... Jane Cook
Pete Mastin ... Death (as Peter Mastin)
Doreen Mantle ... Joe's Co-Passenger

David Schneider ... Joe's Co-Passenger

Meera Syal ... Joe's Co-Passenger

Kevin McNally ... Mike Tinsley (as Kevin R. McNally)

Robyn Kerr ... Tinsley's Fan #1
Richard Stirling ... Tinsley's Fan

Scarlett Johansson ... Sondra Pransky

Romola Garai ... Vivian
Carolyn Backhouse ... Vivian's Mother
Guo Toa ... Jar Spinner
Sam Friend ... Vivian's Brother

Mark Heap ... MC

Woody Allen ... Sid Waterman

Suzy Kewer ... Splendini's Assistant
Jody Halse ... Stagehand

Matt Day ... Jerry Burke

Elizabeth Berrington ... Antique Shop Woman
Rupert Frazer ... Antique Shop Man
Christopher Godwin ... Desk Clerk

Hugh Jackman ... Peter Lyman

Julian Glover ... Lord Lyman
Paula Wilcox ... Garden Party Guest

John Standing ... Garden Party Guest

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Poker Player (as Sanjeev Bhasker)

John Light ... Poker Player
Tina Rath ... Wendy Beamish
Caroline Blakiston ... Mrs. Quincy

Richard Johnson ... Mr. Quincy
William Hoyland ... Butler
Moya Brady ... Screamer
Rosie Cavaliero ... Pedestrian
Anthony O'Donnell ... Pedestrian

Charles Dance ... Mr. Malcolm
Lynda Baron ... Tenant
Phil Cornwell ... Tenant

Victoria Hamilton ... Jan
Meg Wynn Owen ... Housekeeper

Alexander Armstrong ... Cop

Anthony Head ... Detective
Julia Deakin ... Sid's Co-Passenger

Margaret Tyzack ... Sid's Co-Passenger
Jeffry Wickham ... Sid's Co-Passenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Argenti ... Resident Meeting Ghost (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer: Ingenious Film Partners
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
Stephen Tenenbaum .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer: BBC Films
Peter Touche .... executive producer: Ingenious Film Partners
Gareth Wiley .... producer
Cinematography by
Remi Adefarasin 
Film Editing by
Alisa Lepselter 
Casting by
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto 
Gail Stevens 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
Art Direction by
Nick Palmer 
Set Decoration by
Philippa Hart 
Costume Design by
Jill Taylor 
Makeup Department
Polly Earnshaw .... makeup artist
Charlotte Hayward .... makeup trainee
Sallie Jaye .... hair designer
Sallie Jaye .... makeup designer
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Tracy Smith .... hairdresser (as Tracey Smith)
Lisa Tomblin .... hairdresser
Production Management
Finlay Bradbury .... unit manager (as Finlay Pile)
Tori Parry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tamana Bleasdale .... second assistant director
Dan Channing-Williams .... crowd assistant director
Chris Croucher .... crowd assistant director
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director (as Mike Elliott)
Samar Pollitt .... third assistant director
Art Department
Louise Begbie .... art department assistant
Mat Bergel .... stand-by props
Hannah Capron .... graphic artist: newspapers
David Creed .... construction manager
Chris Cull .... property master
Gill Farr .... production buyer
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Sarah Stuart .... stand-by art director
Ian Taylor .... set carpenter
Stephen Thomson .... dressing propman
Martin Tronquart .... assistant property master
Billy Wilson .... dressing prophand
Bradley Woodbridge .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... foley editor
Esther Asiedu-Ofei .... sound trainee
Carlos M. Cano .... apprentice sound editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Glossop .... sound mixer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Stephane Malenfant .... sound assistant
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Eytan Mirsky .... assistant sound editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... foley editor
David Wahnon .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Neil Toddy Todd .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Paul Alexiou .... visual effects film editorial: MPC
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Michelle Corney .... visual effects producer
Adam Gascoyne .... digital compositor: MPC
Tim Hey .... digital compositor: MPC
Martin Hobbs .... executive producer: MPC
Gemma James .... visual effects coordinator
Tom Kimberley .... digital compositor: MPC
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
Jennifer Loughnan .... visual effects coordinator (as Jen Loughnan)
Karen McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
Alasdair McNeill .... roto/prep supervisor: MPC
Andy Middleton .... texture artist: MPC
Victoria Mowlam .... visual effects coordinator: MPC
Adrian Pinder .... 3D artist: MPC
Scott Pritchard .... digital compositor: MPC
John Roberts-Cox .... 3D artist: MPC (as John Roberts Cox)
John Roberts-Cox .... lead lighting technical director: MPC
Aled Robinson .... visual effects editor: MPC
Richard Stammers .... visual effects supervisor
Miquel Ubeda .... digtial compositor: MPC London
Sheila Wickens .... digital compositor: MPC (as Sheila Gorman)
Martyn Drake .... systems: MPC (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Adefarasin .... camera trainee
John Adefarasin .... clapper loader
John Arnold .... key grip
Chris Bain .... daily focus puller
Chris Clarke .... clapper loader: dailies
Clive Coote .... still photographer
David Cozens .... focus puller
Ian Franklin .... rigging gaffer
Mark Funnell .... best boy
Chris Hammond .... electrician
Tobias Marshall .... camera trainee
Paul Molloy .... electrician
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician
John Saunders .... electrician
Llewellyn Thomas .... camera car
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
David Wall .... chief rigging electrician
Ben Wilson .... additional camera operator
Ben Wilson .... electrician
Jimmy Wilson .... gaffer
Casting Department
Peter Bevan .... casting assistant
William Davies .... casting associate
Julie Dunne .... additional casting
Julie Schubert .... casting assistant
David Wheal .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Beale .... wardrobe assistant
Tracey Millar .... costume assistant
Charlotte Sewell .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... assistant editor
Kate Rose Itzkowitz .... apprentice editor
Scott Kordish .... post-production coordinator
Morgan Neville .... first assistant editor
James Nichols Jr. .... assistant editor
Tina Pacheco .... assistant editor
Lawrence Howard Williams .... post digital media operator
Phil Ashton .... color grader (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lawrence Duncan .... facilities captain
Richard Eksteen .... facilities driver
Lee Isgar .... driver: Scarlett Johansson
Gary Mavor .... facilities driver
Other crew
Sarah Allentuch .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Carrie-Ann Banner .... assistant production coordinator
Menna Bevan .... floor runner: dailies
Matthew Bristowe .... title producer
Bruno Cassoni .... location assistant
Leah Chalk .... health and safety
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Jake Edmonds .... health and safety advisor
Richard Etchells .... title designer (as Dickie Etchells)
Lucy Foulds .... location coordinator
Flax Glor .... publicist
Max Greenhalgh .... production runner
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative
Michael Harm .... location manager
Lisa Heathcote .... food stylist
Natalie Kavanagh .... floor runner: dailies
Begoña Lopez .... title producer
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... post-production accountant
Reel Meals .... caterer
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director ealing studios
Scott Penrose .... magic consultant
Dave Shaw .... diving advisor
Cassandra Sigsgaard .... clearances coordinator
Kerry Smith .... assistant accountant
Aurelia Thomas .... assistant location manager
David Wilcock .... cashier
Alexandra Ducocq .... executive assistant: hugh jackman (uncredited)
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales (uncredited)
David Joy .... location runner (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
96 min
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Scoop is one of three 2006 films to feature both the topic of magic and magicians as main characters. The other two are The Illusionist (2006) and The Prestige (2006), the second of which also stars Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. Woody Allen was tutored magic and illusion for the movie by Scott Penrose.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: There were several scenes where Scarlett Johansson's lapel mike radio frequency transmitter strapped on her waist behind her is visible.See more »
[first lines]
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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57 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
A dash of light entertainment, 29 July 2006
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

"Scoop" is also the name of a late-Thirties Evelyn Waugh novel, and Woody Allen's new movie, though set today, has a nostalgic charm and simplicity. It hasn't the depth of characterization, intense performances, suspense or shocking final frisson of Allen's penultimate effort "Match Point," (argued by many, including this reviewer, to be a strong return to form) but "Scoop" does closely resemble Allen's last outing in its focus on English aristocrats, posh London flats, murder, and detection. This time Woody leaves behind the arriviste murder mystery genre and returns to comedy, and is himself back on the screen as an amiable vaudevillian, a magician called Sid Waterman, stage moniker The Great Splendini, who counters some snobs' probing with, "I used to be of the Hebrew persuasion, but as I got older, I converted to narcissism." Following a revelation in the midst of Splendini's standard dematerializing act, with Scarlett Johansson (as Sondra Pransky) the audience volunteer, the mismatched pair get drawn into a dead ace English journalist's post-mortem attempt to score one last top news story. On the edge of the Styx Joe Strombel (Ian McShane) has just met the shade of one Lord Lyman's son's secretary, who says she was poisoned, and she's told him the charming aristocratic bounder son Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman) was the Tarot Card murderer, a London serial killer. Sondra and Sid immediately become a pair of amateur sleuths. With Sid's deadpan wit and Sondra's bumptious beauty they cut a quick swath through to the cream of the London aristocracy.

Woody isn't pawing his young heroine muse -- as in "Match Point," Johansson again -- as in the past. This time moreover Scarlett's not an ambitious sexpot and would-be movie star. She's morphed surprisingly into a klutzy, bespectacled but still pretty coed. Sid and Sondra have no flirtation, which is a great relief. They simply team up, more or less politely, to carry out Strombel's wishes by befriending Lyman and watching him for clues to his guilt. With only minimal protests Sid consents to appear as Sondra's dad. Sondra, who's captivated Peter by pretending to drown in his club pool, re-christens herself Jade Spence. Mr. Spence, i.e., Woody, keeps breaking cover by doing card tricks, but he amuses dowagers with these and beats their husbands at poker, spewing non-stop one-liners and all the while maintaining, apparently with success, that he's in oil and precious metals, just as "Jade" has told him to say.

That's about all there is to it, or all that can be told without spoiling the story by revealing its outcome. At first Allen's decision to make Johansson a gauche, naively plainspoken, and badly dressed college girl seems not just unkind but an all-around bad decision. But Johansson, who has pluck and panache as an actress, miraculously manages to carry it off, helped by Jackman, an actor who knows how to make any actress appear desirable, if he desires her. The film actually creates a sense of relationships, to make up for it limited range of characters: Sid and Sondra spar in a friendly way, and Peter and Sondra have a believable attraction even though it's artificial and tainted (she is, after all, going to bed with a suspected homicidal maniac).

What palls a bit is Allen's again drooling over English wealth and class, things his Brooklyn background seems to have left him, despite all his celebrity, with a irresistible hankering for. Jackman is an impressive fellow, glamorous and dashing. His parents were English. But could this athletic musical comedy star raised in Australia ("X-Man's" Wolverine) really pass as an aristocrat? Only in the movies, perhaps (here and in "Kate and Leopold").

This isn't as strong a film as "Match Point," but to say it's a loser as some viewers have is quite wrong. It has no more depth than a half-hour radio drama or a TV show, but Woody's jokes are far funnier and more original than you'll get in any such media affair, and sometimes they show a return to the old wit and cleverness. It doesn't matter if a movie is silly or slapdash when it's diverting summer entertainment. On a hot day you don't want a heavy meal. The whole thing deliciously evokes a time when movie comedies were really light escapist entertainment, without crude jokes or bombastic effects; without Vince Vaughan or Owen Wilson. Critics are eager to tell you this is a return to the Allen decline that preceded "Match Point." Don't believe them. He doesn't try too hard. Why should he? He may be 70, but verbally, he's still light on his feet. And his body moves pretty fast too.

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