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Scoop

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Plot

An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.7/10 (38,246 voted)

Critic's Score: 48/100

Director:
Woody Allen

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk

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.

Cast:

Jim Dunk

Funeral Speaker


Robert Bathurst

Strombel's Co-Worker


Geoff Bell

Strombel's Co-Worker


Christopher Fulford

Strombel's Co-Worker


Nigel Lindsay

Strombel's Co-Worker


Ian McShane

Joe Strombel


Fenella Woolgar

Jane Cook


Pete Mastin

Death

(as Peter Mastin)


Doreen Mantle

Joe's Co-Passenger


David Schneider

Joe's Co-Passenger


Meera Syal

Joe's Co-Passenger


Kevin McNally

Mike Tinsley

(as Kevin R. McNally)


Robyn Kerr

Tinsley's Fan #1


Richard Stirling

Tinsley's Fan


Scarlett Johansson

Sondra Pransky

Taglines:
The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.



Details

Official Website:
TFM Distribution [France] |

Release Date: 15 September 2006

Filming Locations: CityPoint, Moorgate, London, England, UK



Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,046,924
(USA)
(30 July 2006)
(538 Screens)

Gross: $39,215,642
(Worldwide)
(28 September 2006)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Scoop is one of three 2006 films to feature both the topic of magic and magicians as main characters. The other two are
The Illusionist and
The Prestige, the second of which also stars Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. Woody Allen was tutored magic and illusion for the movie by Scott Penrose.

Goofs:

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

Quotes:

[first lines]

Funeral Speaker:
Don't mourn for Joe Stromble. Joe Stromble 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.



User Review

The critics didn't get the "Scoop" on this one

Rating: 8/10


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.