Scoop

Scoop

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Cast: Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane

     
 

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Both laughs and thrills are on the masthead in this comedy drama about a would-be reporter written and directed by Woody Allen. Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) is an American journalism student who travels to England to visit friends. While in London, she attends a magic show where magician Sid "Splendini" Waterman (Woody Allen)

Overview

Both laughs and thrills are on the masthead in this comedy drama about a would-be reporter written and directed by Woody Allen. Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) is an American journalism student who travels to England to visit friends. While in London, she attends a magic show where magician Sid "Splendini" Waterman (Woody Allen) brings her on-stage as part of a trick in which he makes her disappear. However, while waiting to be "de-materialized," she's visited by the ghost of a murdered reporter (Ian McShane), who passes along the scoop of the decade. The spirit claims that Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), the wealthy and handsome son of a well-known aristocrat, is leading a double life as "the Tarot Card Killer," a serial murderer who has been terrifying the nation and eluding police. With the magician's help, Jane begins investigating the story and is able to piece together some incriminating evidence against Lyman. However, the more she learns, the more dangerous her investigation becomes -- especially when she falls into a romance with the suspected killer. Scoop was Woody Allen's second consecutive film with leading lady Scarlett Johansson, after the critically acclaimed Match Point; it was also Allen's second feature to be shot in Great Britain.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Woody Allen’s second London-made film with muse Scarlett Johansson isn’t quite the equal of its predecessor, Match Point, but Scoop makes up in knockabout humor what it lacks in intricacy and sophistication. The ever-adorable Miss Scarlett plays American journalism student Sondra Pransky, enlisted by the ghost of a recently departed reporter (Ian McShane) to break a sensational story. Sondra confides in a fellow American, small-time magician Sid Waterman (Allen), who reluctantly assists her in investigating the case of a murdered prostitute. Costar Hugh Jackman effortlessly carries the film with his seamless performance as the charming and likable scion of a wealthy family who may well be the killer. For sheer star power, though, Johansson matches him. Her relaxed and playfully alluring performance, as well as her bouncy scenes with a characteristically neurotic Woody, reflect her ever-sharpening comic timing. At its best, their easy rapport brings the celebrated Woody-Diane Keaton interplay to mind, and that’s good news for any future Allen-Johansson projects.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Woody Allen's Scoop is familiar in the best sense of the word. A return to comedy after having his biggest success in quite some time with the drama Match Point, this comedy finds the director falling back on many elements and themes familiar to those with an affection for his work. He uses magic, a topic that the real Allen has always been interested in, and his obsession with the afterlife in order to create his most appealing comedy in almost a decade. Allen's on-screen persona has become little more than a collection of tics, but that is not to say he doesn't know how to use that persona for great comic effect. In this film his third-rate magician's endless stage patter, a patois he maintains even when not on-stage, allows him to poke fun at show business insincerity in a number of funny ways. Scarlet Johanssan does a fine job with her line readings managing to make Allen's signature dialogue her own while still respecting the familiar timing. Solid performances by Ian McShane and Hugh Jackman help keep the film humming along, and Allen cooks up a dozen or so one-liners that are worthy of his reputation. While none of this will win over those who don't care for Allen, fans will warm easily to this enjoyably silly enterprise.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
UPC:
0025193121325
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Focus Features
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
14,729

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Sid Waterman
Hugh Jackman Peter Lyman
Scarlett Johansson Sondra Pransky
Ian McShane Joe Strombel
Charles Dance Mr. Malcolm
Romola Garai Vivian
Fenella Woolgar Jane Cook
Julian Glover Lord Lyman
Victoria Hamilton Jan
Margaret Tyzack Sid's Co-Passenger

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Letty Aronson Producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes Co-producer
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto Casting
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Mike Elliott Asst. Director
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Nick Palmer Art Director
Helen Robin Co-producer
Gail Stevens Casting
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stephen Tenenbaum Executive Producer
Gareth Wiley Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scoop
1. Life After Death (Main Titles) [6:08]
2. Exclusive Interview [3:15]
3. The Great Splendini [5:26]
4. Firsthand Information [6:06]
5. Investigation Journalism [4:29]
6. Damsel in Distress [4:27]
7. Party of the Estate [4:54]
8. Hopes and Dreams [3:20]
9. Finding a Clue [3:00]
10. Getting Closer [5:28]
11. Falling in Love [2:30]
12. Searching for Evidence [6:33]
13. More Proof [4:27]
14. A Crimp in the Scoop [8:31]
15. I Confess [4:15]
16. Not Convinced [2:47]
17. Cheating Death [5:48]
18. Finding the Key [3:32]
19. Full Cycle [6:35]
20. Almost a Hero (End Titles) [3:54]

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Scoop 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woody Allen is at the top of his game in this film, finally he has got his wit and charm back, and he is as neurotic as ever! The acting is wonderful and has a sweet twist at the end...if you like the Purple Rose of Cairo, Love and Death, or Manhattan Murder Mystery than this is for you, or if your looking for a laugh out loud comedy than this is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you think woody allen has gone down, you should see this film. It's brilliant with its story, acting, and the kind of witty, intelligent humor that i haven't seen in quite a while. Ever since i saw "bananas", i was hooked, and when i see this movie, i think, "how could a man who's made over thirty films still be as funny as ever?" i couldn't get over how great a movie this is, and i hope you feel the same way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I enjoyed this movie as a piece of "fluff" to escape into, and especially got a lot of laughs at Woody Allen's one-liners. The plot has enough variation to keep your interest, and though the ending is not much of a surprise, it was a fun romp to get there. The other actors played their parts well, and of course, just looking at Hugh Jackman is always a treat!
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