At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Chris Wilton
Alexander Armstrong ... Mr. Townsend
Paul Kaye ... Estate Agent
Matthew Goode ... Tom Hewett
Brian Cox ... Alec Hewett
Penelope Wilton ... Eleanor Hewett
Emily Mortimer ... Chloe Hewett Wilton
Janis Kelly Janis Kelly ... 'La Traviata' Performers
Alan Oke Alan Oke ... 'La Traviata' Performers
Mark Gatiss ... Ping-Pong Player
Scarlett Johansson ... Nola Rice
Philip Mansfield Philip Mansfield ... Waiter
Simon Kunz ... Rod Carver
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Alan Sinclair
Mary Hegarty Mary Hegarty ... 'Rigoletto' Performer
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From a humble background and with traditional values, Irish Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is still struggling financially despite being a recently retired high ranked tennis pro. He has taken a job as a tennis instructor at an upscale London tennis club, although he knows there is a better life for him somewhere down the road. He is befriended by one of his students, wealthy Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode). Chris starts to date Tom's sister, Chloe Hewett (Emily Mortimer), a girl-next-door type who is immediately attracted to Chris. Chloe quickly knows she wants to marry Chris, and through her businessman father, Alec Hewett (Brian Cox), tries to help Chris and their future by getting him an executive job in Alec's company. In his life with the Hewetts, Chris begins to enjoy the finer things in life. Through it all however, Chris cannot help thinking about Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson), a struggling American actress who he meets at the Hewett estate and who is Tom's unofficial ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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According to Eric Lax's book, this movie is one of Woody Allen's favorite movies. The others being (in order) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Stardust Memories (1980), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). See more »

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At around 0:35:00 when Chris and Mr. Hewett are in the gun shack at Hedley, Tom walks in late, and Mr. Hewett accidentally calls him Chris. See more »

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Christopher "Chris" Wilton: The man who said "I'd rather be lucky than good" saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second, it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward, and you win. Or maybe it doesn't, and you lose.
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from "Guglielmo Tell"
Libretto by Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis (as Hippolyte Louis Florent Bis)(1829)
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Janez Lotric & Igor Morosow (aka Igor Morosov) (baritone)
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Ignore the UK paper reviews, this is terrific
15 January 2006 | by lauriemarSee all my reviews

What a throughly engrossing evening Woody Allen has provided. This film has been, by and large, poorly received by the British critics. I cannot understand why. Yes, it does have the strongest echoes of Crimes and Misdemeanours, but if a director/writer can't borrow from his own product, who can? This isn't funny Allen -- there are few laughs -- but it is an extremely intense and successful serious Allen.

Does Allen's magic transfer to my home city? You bet it does; lovely locations; Notting Hill, the Tate Modern, the "Gherkin" in the City, all look great but are also entirely relevant. Many critics said he didn't have an ear for British dialogue. I simply don't hear that -- it may be a bit stagy at times, but the writing is spare, to the point, and literate. Few trans-Atlantic clunkers.

Yes, there are some silly bits; bits where you wish any half-intelligent Englishman had watched the film and said "Wood, old son, this is cobblers". British detectives don't call themselves "Detective so-and-so". They might be Detective-Sergeant or whatever. The force that polices London is the Metropolitan Police, not the "London Police". Perhaps Allen didn't realise that his main copper, Ulster actor James Nesbitt, sounds a parody of the amusing roles he plays in some widely-seen British Yellow Pages adverts. Little things, so easy to iron out, that detract just a touch from credibility.

Scarlett Johannsson -- what an actress, is she really only 20 or whatever? She packs huge power and stunning looks, if occasionally getting a trifle near Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Jonathan Rhys Myers does his forlorn sports coach bit, as from Bend It Like Beckham. The solidly Brit supporting cast is entirely believable, even if their effortlessly affluent lifestyle takes a bit of swallowing. Genuine surprises at the end. This is a thoroughly satisfying evening at the movies.


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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Woody Allen Summer Project See more »

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Belgravia, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$398,593, 1 January 2006

Gross USA:

$23,151,529

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,638,656
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Dolby Digital (Mono)

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1.85 : 1
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