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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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Did You Know?


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2 October 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger relies on quite the usual characteristics of a Woody Allen's dramedy: intertwined destinies, twists of fate, etc., always with that sweet-and-sour tone specific to the director. But this time, the different story lines, though relatively pleasant to follow, aren't that productive as the ones of Alfie or Helena. But the strangest thing is that it seems Allen only developed half of the plot and the movie isn't finished at all, an impression evidenced by the abrupt ending that leaves a number of issues pending, such as the stolen book. And that's frustrating because, one can't help but think that these elements, used/arranged differently, could have lead to a whole different movie, much more pertinent, especially as the cast is good, though obviously underexploited.

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