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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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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:

$3,046,924, 30 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,525,717, 28 September 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,215,642, 28 September 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

The instrument in the Music Room under which the Tarot cards are hidden is constantly referred to as a "French horn" when in fact it is actually a Conn 16E Mellophonium. Additionally, in the first scene in which the Mellophonium is shown it appears without a mouthpiece. In all subsequent scenes a mouthpiece is in place. 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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Miami Beach Rhumba
Composed by Irving Fields & Albert Gamse
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Allow yourself to be transported to a different, old school kind of storytelling
11 November 2006 | by jemps918See all my reviews

Allow yourself to be transported to a different, old school kind of storytelling. Scoop is classic Woody Allen.

Allen's latest muse, Scarlett Johansson (who also appeared in last year's Match Point, also by Allen), is surprisingly able to tone down her sultry sex kitten appeal and transform into a normal looking student-type with the aid of nerdish glasses and outfits but still fails to make the audience believe how Hugh Jackman's lordly character can be so smitten by her, given the royal's background (don't worry, no spoilers here). There are no grand transformations for Johansson's character here, as she consistently plays the same character throughout despite the script saying otherwise. You even forgive her character's apparent lack of logic, continuing an affair with a suspected serial killer, simply because he is His Royal Hotness Jackman, who is refreshing to see sans the Wolverine duds.

If anything, consistency is what the 70-year old Allen is all about. He continues to tell his stories on celluloid in the same way he always has; as if he's never been exposed to modern film-making, which is probably what makes his quiet, simple films appealing. They never seem to aim for a specific market; as if Allen makes movies to his taste alone, whether the public likes it or not.


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