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Scoop (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 28 July 2006 (USA)
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An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ... Funeral Speaker
Robert Bathurst ... Strombel's Co-Workers
Geoff Bell ... Strombel's Co-Workers
Christopher Fulford ... Strombel's Co-Workers
Nigel Lindsay ... Strombel's Co-Workers
Ian McShane ... Joe Strombel
Fenella Woolgar ... Jane Cook
Pete Mastin Pete Mastin ... Death (as Peter Mastin)
Doreen Mantle ... Joe's Co-Passengers
David Schneider ... Joe's Co-Passengers
Meera Syal ... Joe's Co-Passengers
Kevin McNally ... Mike Tinsley (as Kevin R. McNally)
Robyn Kerr Robyn Kerr ... Tinsley's Fans
Richard Stirling Richard Stirling ... Tinsley's Fans
Scarlett Johansson ... Sondra Pransky
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Storyline

In the funeral of the famous British journalist Joe Strombel (Ian McShane), his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking a scoop. Meanwhile, the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London. He cheats Death (Pete Mastin) and appears to the American student of journalism Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson), who is on the stage in the middle of a magic show of the magician Sidney Waterman (Woody Allen) in London, and tells her that the murderer is the aristocrat Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). Sondra drags Sid in her investigation, seeking for evidence that Peter is the killer. However, she falls in love with him and questions if Joe Strombel is right in his scoop. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Woody Allen Fall Project 2006 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,003,000, 30 July 2006

Gross USA:

$10,525,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,215,642
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Dance claimed that Writer and Director Woody Allen didn't give any direction for his performance, and further claimed that he was asked to arrive on-set in his own suit and tie, upon which he filmed his scene and left. See more »

Goofs

Sondra tells Peter Lyman that her father is having sensitivity in tooth "lower # 7." In the American tooth numbering system, number seven is always an upper tooth, specifically the upper right lateral incisor. In the British tooth numbering system, there is no tooth number seven. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Funeral Speaker: Don't mourn for Joe Strombel. Joe Strombel had a full life. A newspaper man in the best tradition. A great credit to the Fourth Estate. It didn't matter if the bombs of the war zone were falling, it didn't matter how high up the political scandal went, or how many big corporations or small time racketeers leaned on him. Whatever the risk, if there was a story there, Joe went after it. And he usually got it.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Adios Muchachos
Composed by Julio C. Sanders (as J. Sanders)
Arranged & Performed by Lester Lanin
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment
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better than I expected
28 July 2006 | by james_longleySee all my reviews

I went to the movie theater this afternoon expecting to be underwhelmed by Scoop. Happily, the film exceeded expectations, at least a little bit. It's nothing heavy, nothing deep -- and not anywhere as good as any number of real Allen masterpieces -- but it's also completely enjoyable as a light, bantering comedy. There's something kind of simple and sweet about it. "Cute" was the word I heard from people in the audience as they were walking out after the show. It doesn't feel like Allen set out to create a masterpiece here, it feels like he wanted to make a little comedy and have fun doing it. Compared to just about everything Hollywood is producing, Allen's stuff has a tendency to charm. Even the fluffy stuff. These days it's just refreshing to go to a movie made by an actual human being.


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