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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:
27 August 2010 (Spain) 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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting but ultimately a let down See more (98 total) »

Cast

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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
Shaheen Khan ... Dia's Aunt
Amanda Lawrence ... Medium

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

David Orpheus ... Passerby (uncredited)
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Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
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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 
 
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
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
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
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
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)
 
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 .... assistant to producer
Kim Armitage .... script supervisor
Lauren Barnhart .... assistant: Naomi Watts
Catherine Booton .... assistant production coordinator trainee
Damon Crane .... location assistant
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
Richard George .... location scout
Anna Gonzálvez Ortuño .... press
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative
Michael Harm .... location manager
Rebecca Hawkes .... technical services: worldwide, Schedule 2
Jon Hills .... location security/support
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator
Philip Lobban .... location scouting
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant: ny
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
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Angelika Schierz .... production assistant
Asha Sharma .... assistant location manager
Tom Stourton .... assistant location manager
Pippa Suren .... location coordinator
Melissa Tomjanovich .... assistant: Woody Allen
Mariia Viita .... floor runner
David Wilcock .... first assistant accountant
Emma Woodcock .... location scout
Luis Elías García .... production runner (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
USA:98 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-3 | Germany:o.Al. | 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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Did You Know?

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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Jane:Sally, don't get a crush on your boss. That way is total madness.See more »
Soundtrack:
When You Wish Upon A StarSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Interesting but ultimately a let down, 5 February 2012
Author: perkypops from United Kingdom

As with most Woody Allen screenplays there are moments of sheer delight in what is essentially a comedy of errors based around the notion we are always at our best when things are going for us. The story essentially revolves around the lives of Helena and Alfie, Roy and Sally, and Charmaine, Dia and Greg, the latter three representing the catalysts for changes in fortune and demeanour. The essential hook upon which lives change is, in this film, implied to be wishes if not spoken aloud then certainly "notions" lying only just beneath the surface. We observe the bad sides of people when things are going wrong. These hooks should come about through a kind of synchronicity about which Jung would have approved, but in this story, and in my opinion, the manoeuvres seem rather too obvious, predictable and unsubtle. This kind of lets the whole core message of the film down since grown ups should know how the cookie can crumble.

The story is not played out as a farce, but as a comedy drama with romantic overtones, and the acting is assured and capable throughout with Gemma Jones (as Helena), Anthony Hopkins (as Alfie) and Lucy Punch (as Charmaine) taking the honours. It is a pity the screenplay is so uneven because there are some excellent exchanges between the characters along the way. Essentially what ruined the whole plot for me was a failure to exact true closure on the whole affair which I took to be the reason for a rather rushed end. Perhaps Mr Allen wanted me to feel let down with all the character demeanour exchanges but I just think he ran out of ideas.

Worth a glance but not vintage Allen.

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