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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger -- Two couples learn to be careful for what they wish when their passions and anxieties drive them out of their marriages as well as their minds in this breezy wry comedy from writer/director Woody Allen.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger -- 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.

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Writer (WGA):
Woody Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gemma Jones ... Helena

Pauline Collins ... Cristal

Anthony Hopkins ... Alfie
Rupert Frazer ... Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison ... Personal Trainer

Naomi Watts ... Sally

Josh Brolin ... Roy

Freida Pinto ... Dia

Eleanor Gecks ... Rollerblading Friend

Antonio Banderas ... Greg

Fenella Woolgar ... Jane

Ewen Bremner ... Henry Strangler

Christian McKay ... Poker Friend

Philip Glenister ... Poker Friend

Jonathan Ryland ... Poker Friend
Pearce Quigley ... Poker Friend

Neil Jackson ... Alan
Lynda Baron ... Alfie's Date

Robert Portal ... Jewelry Shop Salesman

Lucy Punch ... Charmaine

Jim Piddock ... Peter Wicklow

Celia Imrie ... Enid Wicklow

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Jonathan

Anna Friel ... Iris

Theo James ... Ray

Christopher Fulford ... Ray's Friend

Johnny Harris ... Ray's Friend

Alex Macqueen ... Malcolm Dodds

Anupam Kher ... Dia's Parent

Meera Syal ... Dia's Parent

Joanna David ... Alan's Parent
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Alan's Parent
Natalie Walter ... Alan's Sister (as Natalie Walker)
Shaheen Khan ... Dia's Aunt
Amanda Lawrence ... Medium

Zak Orth ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Augustina Amoa ... Jogger (uncredited)

Ian Massa-Harris ... Chorus Tenor / Opera Crowd (uncredited)
David Orpheus ... Passerby (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Mercedes Gamero .... associate producer
Javier Méndez .... executive producer
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
Jaume Roures .... producer
Stephen Tenenbaum .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
 
Film Editing by
Alisa Lepselter 
 
Casting by
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto 
Gail Stevens 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Jim Clay 
 
Art Direction by
Dominic Masters 
 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Fabiano De Souza Ramos (set staff)
 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
 
Makeup Department
Francesco Alberico .... hair stylist
Uxue Laguardia .... makeup artist
Sharon Martin .... hair designer
Sharon Martin .... makeup designer
Sophie Slotover .... makeup artist
Rachael Speke .... crowd hair/makeup artist: daily
 
Production Management
John Crampton .... unit manager
John David Gunkle .... unit manager
Tori Parry .... unit production manager
Helen Robin .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Channing Williams .... third assistant director
Ben Howarth .... first assistant director
Olivia Lloyd .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Bailey .... property master
Stephen Conway .... dressing props
Mike Cuddy .... prop storeman
Paul Duff .... construction manager
Veronica Falzon .... researcher
Gill Farr .... production buyer
Dave Fisher .... chargehand standby props
Dean Fisher .... standby props
Terry Heggarty .... painter
Natasha Jones .... art department assistant
Heather Pollington .... graphic designer
Richard Selway .... standby art director
Tim Timmington .... painter
 
Sound Department
Jorge Adrados .... second boom operator
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor
Alan MacFeely .... sound assistant
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Shaun Mills .... sound mixer 2nd unit
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills .... senior special effects technician
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (as Terry Palmer)
Nigel Wilkinson .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Radoslav Ignatov .... stunt performer
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bird .... electrician
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator: "a" camera
Pete Cavaciuti .... steadicam operator
Kevin Edland .... best boy
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
John Higgins .... gaffer
Sacha Jones .... second assistant camera
Wayne Leach .... rigging gaffer
Susan MacDonald .... camera trainee
Genki McClure .... electrician
Danny McGee .... practical electrician
Sol Saihati .... lighting technician: dailies
Alex Stevenson .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Colin Jones .... casting associate
Tom Newton .... casting assistant
Toby Spigel .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Hickman .... costume assistant
Rachel Lilley .... costume trainee
Katie Nolff .... costume production assistant
Kevin Pratten .... principal dresser
Clare Spragge .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kate Rose Itzkowitz .... assistant editor
Morgan Neville .... first assistant editor
Mark Wright .... negative cutter
Simon Harris .... assistant editor (london) (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Damon Crane .... location assistant
Richard George .... location scout
Michael Harm .... location manager
Philip Lobban .... location scouting
Asha Sharma .... assistant location manager
Tom Stourton .... assistant location manager
Pippa Suren .... location coordinator
Emma Woodcock .... location scout
 
Music Department
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer
 
Transportation Department
Martin Alderdice .... picture car coordinator
Paul Howitt .... facilities driver
Lee Isgar .... driver: Naomi Watts
Graeme Main .... camera car driver
Piotr Walczak .... transport facilities manager
 
Other crew
Deborah Alexander-Lee .... assistant to producer (as Deborah Alexander)
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Lauren Barnhart .... assistant: Naomi Watts
Catherine Booton .... assistant production coordinator trainee
Sara Briggs .... security
Ben Curran .... set-runner
Christian De-vos .... head of security
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Ellie Downham .... cashier
Amy Draughn .... assistant: Mr. Brolin
Marisa Fernández Armenteros .... production coordinator
Jo Gallagher .... assistant production coordinator
Itamar Gelbman .... security: Mr. Hopkins
Anna Gonzálvez Ortuño .... press
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative
Rebecca Hawkes .... technical services: worldwide, Schedule 2
Jon Hills .... location security/support
Steve Keane .... security and location assistant
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant: ny
Pablo F. Masó .... business affairs: Imagina International Sales (as Pablo Masó)
Josey McNamara .... floor runner
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Alex Paterakis .... floor runner
Kate Penlington .... clearances
Diana Perko .... unit nurse
Emma Pindar .... technical services: worldwide, Schedule 2
Fabiano De Souza Ramos .... production staff
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Angelika Schierz .... production assistant
Melissa Tomjanovich .... assistant: Woody Allen
Mariia Viita .... floor runner
David Wilcock .... first assistant accountant
Luis Elías García .... production runner (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
USA:98 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-3 | Germany:0 | Ireland:12A | Japan:G | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #45757)
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Trivia:
In some territories such as Australia, this Woody Allen film was theatrically released after both Midnight in Paris (2011) and To Rome with Love (2012) which were both made after You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ray (Theo James) is massaging Charmaine's legs, his hands keep on changing position from shot to shot.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Never Loved YouSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger At The Finish Line, 26 February 2011
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock

Set this time in England, Woody Allen once again invites us into a world of irony and people wanting 'better' than what they have as their present does not fulfill their satisfaction. The title is quite open to interpretation. It gives the impression of 'the prince charming' that straight women fantasize about and dream to end up with. However, there is also another hint which refers to the chaperon who is waiting at the finish line. Rather than exploring, this time Allen just gives us a glimpse into the lives of his key characters. All the characters are in an unfulfilling relationship. Helena (Gemma Jones) is abandoned by Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and seeks comfort in a prostitute (Lucy Punch) younger than his own daughter. His daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) fantasizes about her boss (Antonio Banderas) while her husband (Josh Brolin) struggles to finish his novel until he peeps at Dia (Frieda Pinto), his neighbour.

While many felt the ending to be abrupt, there is a certain irony to it, where the characters who were seeking more than what they had continue to be unsatisfied, while those who were satisfied with what they had and lose it, find that happiness again (like the two idiots at the end). Allen's writing is faulty in places. For example, when Roy reveals to Dia how he had been peeping at her through their windows, instead of being concerned or excited, she acts as though his behaviour was that of a gentleman.

On the technical side, the film is well shot, in the typical Woody Allen (70s and 80s) fashion. The cinematography and soundtrack are amusing. The sets look polished but not staged.

Allen assembles a strong cast. Most of the performances are excellent. Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts and Lucy Punch own their scenes. Antonio Banderas too shines in a subtle performance and Josh Brolin is great as the self-centered writer. Freida Pinto was the weakest link. In all fairness, her character suffered from flawed writing.

While this may not rank among Allen's best work, it's still worth a watch especially for those who enjoyed the kind of cinema he made in the 70s and 80s.

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