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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 24 August 2001 (USA)
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An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Tormey ... Sam
John Schuck ... Mize
Woody Allen ... CW Briggs
Elizabeth Berkley ... Jill
Kaili Vernoff ... Rosie
Brian Markinson ... Al
Maurice Sonnenberg Maurice Sonnenberg ... Office Worker
John Doumanian John Doumanian ... Office Worker
Peter Gerety ... Ned
Helen Hunt ... Betty Ann Fitzgerald
Kevin Cahoon ... Lunch Delivery Man
Philip Levy Philip Levy ... Rocky's Waiter (as Phil Levy)
Wallace Shawn ... George Bond
Dan Aykroyd ... Chris Magruder
Vince Giordano ... Rainbow Room All Star
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Storyline

CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them, in order to use them for his dirty schemes. The next evening already, Briggs makes his first robbery, and when he wakes up in the morning he has no memory of it. Things get really complicated when he starts investigating the case. Will he be able to uncover... himself? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Dreamworks

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Fall Project 2000 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,459,315, 26 August 2001

Gross USA:

$7,517,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,914,307
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, and Charlize Theron; and one Oscar nominee: Dan Aykroyd. See more »

Goofs

The Baldwin grand piano in the Rainbow Room has the modern logo, not the one the company used in the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

C.W.: I didn't do it and i gotta have time to prove it, otherwise they're going to lock me up in a concrete building and you'll only be able to insult me on visiting day.
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Referenced in Panic Room (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

How High The Moon
Music by Morgan Lewis
Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton
Performed by Dick Hyman & The Rainbow Room All Stars
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OK Allen
27 August 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Comedy set in 1940 about an insurance investigator (Woody Allen) locking horns with an efficiency expert (Helen Hunt) while a string of suspicious jewel robberies are going on. Only average Allen comedy...but that's still 70% better than the typical Hollywood film.

It's fairly well-acted...Allen is, frankly, way too old for this (he's 65 and he's getting women in their 20s and 30s??? PLEASE!) but he gives a good performance; Hunt is simply wonderful...she looks great in the 40s outfits and her verbal sparring with Allen was hilarious; Charlize Theron looks fantastic but is shamefully wasted and (in a huge surprise) Elizabeth Berkeley actually gives a halfway decent performance!

The script is OK if a tad unbelievable. And the movie looks fantastic...the costumes and the sets really evoke the 1940s. So, it's OK, but no great shakes.


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