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.
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Cast & Crew
|Woody Allen||Sid Waterman|
|Hugh Jackman||Peter Lyman|
|Scarlett Johansson||Sondra Pransky|
|Ian McShane||Joe Strombel|
|Charles Dance||Mr. Malcolm|
|Fenella Woolgar||Jane Cook|
|Julian Glover||Lord Lyman|
|Margaret Tyzack||Sid's Co-Passenger|
|Nicky Kentish Barnes||Co-producer|
|Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto||Casting|
|Maria Djurkovic||Production Designer|
|Mike Elliott||Asst. Director|
|Peter Glossop||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nick Palmer||Art Director|
|Jill Taylor||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Stephen Tenenbaum||Executive Producer|
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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!
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.
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.