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 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

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


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

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Following Match Point (2005), this was writer/director Woody Allen's second movie to be made in London. He followed this with Cassandra's Dream (2007) and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). 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 »

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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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Soundtracks

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss Jr.)
Performed by Vienna State Opera Orchestra (as The Vienna State Opera Orchestra)
Jascha Horenstein, Conductor
Courtesy of Chesky Records & Manhattan Production Music
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The critics didn't get the "Scoop" on this one
30 July 2006 | by markmatthewSee all my reviews

Reading a wide variety of "Scoop" reviews over the past few days, I walked into the theater prepared for a subpar outing from Woody. Happily, I couldn't have been more wrong. Granted, Woody the performer is slowing down a touch or two, but Woody the writer/director is in fine form - and found a credible way to integrate his 70-year old self into the story. Judging from the laughter and guffaws, the audience ate up Allen's one-liners and dialogue in a way that I haven't seen in several years.

In a movie landscape dominated by software-approved story arcs, twentysomething tastes and assembly-line formula fare for kiddies, it's a source of both satisfaction and inspiration to see Allen pursuing his highly personal and still-rewarding path.


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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:

$17,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,003,000, 30 July 2006

Gross USA:

$10,525,717

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,220,946
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Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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