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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, 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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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:

$3,046,924, 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

Charles Dance claimed that 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

Peter never asks Sondra how she got into his secure room to find the Tarot cards under the French Horn. (However it's conceivable he believed she saw him enter it when they entered the room earlier.) 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

References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Dengozo
Composed by Ernesto Nazareth & Domenico Savino
Performed by Lester Lanin
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment
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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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