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(2005)

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This is Writer and Director Woody Allen's favorite movie of his own.
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Because it was filmed in Britain, Writer and Director Woody Allen had to have a certain percentage of British cast and crew. Apparently, he made his quota before casting Kate Winslet. After she backed out to spend more time with her family, Allen cast American Scarlett Johansson.
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In a nod to Sir Alfred Hitchcock, a playbill showing Woody Allen's face in deadpan is briefly seen as Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) arrives at the Tate museum to meet Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson).
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At two hours and four minutes, this is Writer and Director Woody Allen's longest movie to date.
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This was Woody Allen's first movie since Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) to make a profit in the United States.
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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).
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The haunting recording used several times in the soundtrack, including over the opening and closing credits, is the Enrico Caruso 78 rpm of "Una furtiva lagrima" ("A furtive tear"), from Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love").
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On-set, Jonathan Rhys Meyers learned how to do a very good Woody Allen impression, which he later performed on Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983).
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The painting of a girl with a red balloon on the wall that Chris walks along was done by Banksy, a graffiti artist from Bristol.
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Woody Allen's first movie shot entirely in England.
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This movie was originally set in the Hamptons.
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This movie was shown out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
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The family name "Hewett" is a play on the ultra exclusive Manhattan private school Hewitt, which Writer and Director Woody Allen's daughters attend.
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Many critics and viewers of this movie noted that the plot bore many essential similarities to Theodore Dreiser's 1925 novel "An American Tragedy", as well as the movie version of that novel, A Place in the Sun (1951), starring Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, and Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Despite the unmistakable similarity between the plots of "An American Tragedy" and this movie, however, there was no acknowledgment of Dreiser in the credits, and this movie's only Oscar nomination was for Best Original Screenplay (not Adapted). Woody Allen repeated this tactic for creating a screenplay with his script for Blue Jasmine (2013), which bore unmistakable plot similarities to Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", but which didn't credit Williams. Allen was again nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Blue Jasmine (2013).
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The other song frequently played is "Romance de Nadir", from Bizet's "Les pĂȘcheurs de perles", in which one of the pearl fishers dreams about his forbidden love.
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First of three Woody Allen movies in which Scarlett Johansson appeared. The others being Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
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When discussing the murder case, Inspector Dowd (Ewen Bremner) insists it was commited by a heroin junkie. Bremner is mostly recognized for portraying heroin addict Spud in Trainspotting (1996).
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The musical that they see midway through the movie is Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman in White".
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This is not the first movie where Scarlett Johansson played a homewrecker. She also played one in The Prestige (2006) and He's Just Not That Into You (2009), amongst other movies.
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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).
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Woody Allen and Emily Mortimer share a birthday (December 1).
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Dame Penelope Wilton plays Eleanor Hewett, Chloe Hewett's mother, in the movie. So Penelope plays a Hewett in the movie, and her daughter becomes a Wilton when she marries Chris.
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Four famous tennis players are mentioned by the characters: Andre Agassi, Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, and Rod Laver.
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One of a handful of Woody Allen directed movies which featured a murder. The others include: Cassandra's Dream (2007), Irrational Man (2015), Shadows and Fog (1991), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Also, death is a theme in Deconstructing Harry (1997) and Love and Death (1975), which featured the character of the Grim Reaper, as per the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957).
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As of 2019, this marks as the only Woody Allen to not feature any Oscar nominated or Oscar winning actors or actresses in the cast. Usually Allen's ensemble casting on movies always includes someone who has received Oscar nominations or won the award.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The reference to "Crime and Punishment" is continued, as the escape, after the double-murder is almost a step-by-step recounting of Raskolnikov's escape from his double-murder; the major difference being that the older woman was Raskolnikov's target, and the younger woman was collateral damage. In the movie, it is the other way around, but staged to look the other way.
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Chris is shown reading "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Later on, when talking to Mrs. Eastby's ghost, he refers to the book, by saying that sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice the innocent in order to succeed.
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The "Crime and Punishment" elements were also used in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), which was heavily compared by movie critics with this project at the time of its release. Both movies revolved around a married man who killed his lover in order to make things safer for himself.
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