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Match Point (2005)

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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

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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Storyline

From a humble background and with traditional values, Irish Chris Wilton 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. Chris starts to date Tom's sister, Chloe Hewett, 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, 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, a struggling American actress who he meets at the Hewett estate and who is Tom's unofficial fiancée. Nola is vivacious, and she knows the effect she has on men, including Chris. Unlike ... Written by Huggo

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Passion Temptation Obsession See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

DreamWorks [United States]

Country:

UK | Ireland | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Summer Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgravia, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$529,434, 1 January 2006

Gross USA:

$23,089,926

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,989,926
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) responds to a generosity by saying, "Thank you. Thank you very much." This exact phrase is often associated with Elvis Presley, whom Meyers played in Elvis (2005). See more »

Goofs

When he's returning the shotgun, Chris stuffs his pockets with the jewels and drugs of Mrs. Eastby, his pockets bulge to a degree. Moments later, when he enters the study for Chloe's announcement, his pockets are entirely empty. See more »

Quotes

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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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Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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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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Not so much as I expected
27 April 2006 | by sadako19See all my reviews

I had many good expectations on this movie, but I ended up a bit disappointed when I saw it. I thought it was going to be a masterpiece,but it didn't seem so to me. The most important thing for this story are the characters, and the problem is that the performances, in my opinion, are not powerful enough. I don't mean that Meyers and Johansson are bad actors, but I think that I may have enjoyed the movie better if it had a different cast. There are other movies which have the same themes as this one and are definitely better, as for instance, "The talented Mr. Ripley", in which the actors, for me, are outstanding, whereas in "Match Point", they can't awake almost any feelings in me. Besides, the dialogues are not very original,they are a little artificial. Anyway, the movie is worth seeing: it makes you think about the consequences of your choices, and that is always an issue which is important to approach.


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