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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

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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

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,459,315, 26 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,496,522, 14 October 2001
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, and Charlize Theron; and one Oscar nominee: Dan Aykroyd. See more »

Goofs

When C.W. first meets the Coopersmith brothers, the reflection of the boom mic can clearly be seen in the upper right-hand side of one of the windows. See more »

Quotes

C.W.: Are you divorced or widowed? Did your husband commit suicide? I could understand that.
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Soundtracks

Sophisticated Lady
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish & Irving Mills
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Good, old, funny Woody!
2 February 2002 | by Funky ASee all my reviews

So, Woody Allen is now old and it is hard to believe that a rich and attractive girl played by Charlize Theron could be attracted to him... If you were truly thinking about that while watching The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, then you should reconsider the way you watch a movie. Sure, Allen is now really old, but who can play his role as well as he does. He sometimes casts other actors in that role, such as John Cusack in Bullet Over Broadway, but even though they do the job very well, they can't be better than the old man with the big glasses himself. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is not a serious Woody Allen movie. It is not one of his most important movies that is clear. But its aim is to entertain and entertain it does. Jade Scorpion shares a lot with Woody's recent light comedies such as Small Time Crooks and Manathan Murder Mystery. And like these two, it is certainly not a new Annie Hall. But it does not try to. It is just a lot of fun to watch. The script is funny, the acting is charming, the plot is just hilarious, and on the whole, this movie puts a smile on your face from the beginning to the end. The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is another very nostalgic movie, like Radio Days, Sweet and Lowdown, Everyone Says I Love You and Bullets Over Broadway, but once again, Allen makes us forget for 103 minutes that he is basically doing nothing he hasn't done before. But the man once again shows his gift to entertain. And what more can you ask from an aging genius?

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