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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

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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, his colleagues and friends recall how obstinate he was while seeking for a scoop. Meanwhile the deceased Joe discloses the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London. He cheats the Reaper and appears to the American student of journalism Sondra Pransky, who is on the stage in the middle of a magic show of the magician Sidney Waterman in London, and tells her that the murderer is the aristocrat Peter Lyman. Sondra drags Sid in her investigation, seeking for evidences 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

Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) studies journalism at the fictional Adair University. This is the same university, from which Harry Block (Woody Allen) was expelled and by whom he was subsequently honoured in Deconstructing Harry (1997). It would later be mentioned as the university where Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) previously taught philosophy in Irrational Man (2015). See more »

Goofs

There were several scenes where Scarlett Johansson's lapel mike radio frequency transmitter strapped on her waist behind her is visible. 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

Referenced in The Knights of Prosperity: Operation: Ralph (2007) See more »

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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Delightful summer comedy
29 July 2006 | by andrewthezeppoSee all my reviews

I thought this was a wonderful way to spend time on a too hot summer weekend, sitting in the air conditioned theater and watching a light-hearted comedy. The plot is simplistic, but the dialogue is witty and the characters are likable (even the well bread suspected serial killer). While some may be disappointed when they realize this is not Match Point 2: Risk Addiction, I thought it was proof that Woody Allen is still fully in control of the style many of us have grown to love.

This was the most I'd laughed at one of Woody's comedies in years (dare I say a decade?). While I've never been impressed with Scarlet Johanson, in this she managed to tone down her "sexy" image and jumped right into a average, but spirited young woman.

This may not be the crown jewel of his career, but it was wittier than "Devil Wears Prada" and more interesting than "Superman" a great comedy to go see with friends.


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