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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute as Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Jones ...
Rupert Frazer ...
Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison ...
Personal Trainer
Rollerblading Friend
Henry Strangler
Poker Friend
Poker Friend
Poker Friend


Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Woody Allen London Project  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$160,103 (USA) (24 September 2010)


$3,247,816 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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When Alfie and Helena are arguing about his new fitness regime, they enter house and Alfie sits down. The female fitness trainer has followed them. She can be seen in the mirror above the fireplace. Her legs, and the legs of a male crew member, can also be seen reflected in the glass front of the fireplace. See more »


Sally: [to Roy bitterly after meeting Charmaine] That cheap tart is what he left my mother for? Actress, my foot! The only acting she's ever done is faking an orgasm.
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Serenade No. 6 In D Major, K. 239 III Rondo Allegretto
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Sir Charles Mackerras and Prague Orchestra
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Not perfect, but Allen is still an important voice
27 October 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

An odd film for Allen, neither an overt comedy or one of his dark serious films (e.g. 'Crimes and Misdemeanors'). This is a 'light' drama, something he hasn't done much. While far from Allen's best work, I felt more warmly towards it than most of the press, especially after a second viewing. Some of the criticisms are valid; the voice over narration feels out of tone with the film, and at times tells us too literally what we already know. Yet, in the current American cinema, how many film-makers are getting to even and try and address the complex subtle questions of grown-up relationships, aging and the fear of death, and the lies we tell ourselves to get through it all? Or deal with the paradox that humans seem to need something to believe in, and yet that same belief can also lead us astray? Or give great older actors like Anthony Hopkins and Gemma Jones really meaty roles? As long as Allen keeps asking questions, he'll remain a voice worth listening to.

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