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An American journalism student (Scarlett Johansson) visiting London gets a hot tip on a notorious serial murder case after a ghostly encounter inside the disappearing cabinet of a neurotic vaudevillian (writer/director/co-star Woody Allen). But when she falls for the dashing aristocrat (Hugh Jackman) who might be the killer, her magician pal tries to help her get the story--before she possibly becomes the next victim!

Starring:
Woody Allen, Julian Glover
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Woody Allen, Julian Glover, Hugh Jackman, Charles Dance, Ian McShane, Scarlett Johansson
Director Woody Allen
Genres Drama
Studio Icon Home Entertainment
Rental release 9 February 2015
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tonkfan on 9 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
I am by no means a Woody Allen film and the first 15 minutes or so of this film were so shaky that I almost switched off, but it turned out to be an unexpected delight.

I'm not a Scarlett Johansson fan either, but I'm starting to change my mind after this very light-hearted but spot-on performance. She and the director made an unorthodox but highly effective double act, and while that age-old US portrayal of the British as wealthy, castle-dwelling, empty souls usually grates, for the purposes of this film it was perfect.

As good as Manhatten Murder Mystery, the only Woody Allen film I've ever whole-heartedly enjoyed, this film has more humour and a better sense of fun than any comedy I've watched in a long time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. BROOKES on 29 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
This Woody Allen film is a blip for him, which he later admitted (stating he would not act in his new films). The story is fast paced, hectic, colourful but lacks structure, comedy, fun and sophistication - as expected. Woody Allen's other newer, modern films do deliver, much more than this (i.e You Will Meet a..., Match Point and Vicky, Christina, Barcelona). Allen in this, provides an expected, but misplaced, nervous awkwardness - and this does not add to the film

The film stars the beautiful Scarlett Johansson as a quirky wannabe reporter. She is volunteered in a magic show, where Allen is the Magician. Whilst in a magic trick box she is visited by a recently deceased news reporter who gives her the 'scoop' on a murderer news story. This suspected murderer is played by Hugh Jackman.

For fans of Allen or the cast only really as the other more recent Allen films are far better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 19 Sept. 2013
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I don't understand how this film isn't bigger in the U.K. because it's fantastic. So funny plus Woody and Johansson work very well together.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bacon on 20 Feb. 2009
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I have to admit that I had been avoiding this film, owing to some terrible reviews it had received in some of the press. I can't believe I waited so long to see it! I absolutely loved it. A perfect film for a cosy Sunday afternoon. You can't help but get drawn into this enticing little comedy mystery. If you loved (as I did) Manhattan Murder Mystery, then you'll surely adore this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 14 Oct. 2008
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Scarlet Johnasson and Woody Allen are two people trying to figure out the increasing deaths of young women by the Tarot Card Killer and one dead journalist reckons it's the handsome and very rich Hugh Jackman who may or may not be all his seems. She starts to fall for him while trying her hardest to find anything to link him to the murders and also not to lose her scoop. It's a very funny and clever story, lots of twists and turns. Everyone was very good and played their parts well, I'm glad I have seen it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Donvad on 17 Oct. 2009
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Just a little about this movie. This is not one of Allen's deepest and most profound movies - on the contrary this is more in the nature of what you would call a charming light-hearted comedy, where we see an aging Woody Allen, playing with tongue-in-cheek and with a healthy amount of self-irony that I find very nice.
This movie is funny, intelligent - as always - and as usual Allen has all the slapstick humour right on the tip of his tongue.

He is playing opposite Scarlett Johansson, who actually is the films main character, and the chemistry between them is great - in what you would call a father/daughter relationship. I don't want to go into details about the plot - many people have already done that with a very fitting description - but just wanted to say, that I agree with the reviewers that praise this movie exactly for what it is - and it is just a very good and funny Woody Allen movie.

If you like Allen, you wont be disappointed.
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this is an hilarious comedy-mystery in which a recently deceased journalist (ian mcShane) returns from the dead to find someone to whom he can impart vital information about the possible identity of a serial killer. He happens to connect with an earnest young american student of journalism (Scarlett Johansson) in the middle of taking part in the act of a stage magician, the Great Splendini, (Woody Allen). From then on the film just gets funnier and funnier as Johansson persuades allen to help her investigate the suspect, posh Englishman Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). from the moment allen walks on stage as the Great Splendini he had me in fits of laughter, and when he has to pretend to be Johansson's father he's just sublime. This is a wonderfully funny film from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NMO on 1 Jan. 2014
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Engaging and Hugh Jackman is charming as ever. Funny and entertaining and full of quirkiness that you would expect from Woody Allen. Love Jackman's take on a quintessential English man.
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