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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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DVD

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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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3.3 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 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 6 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 14 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on 5 Jan. 2013
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Another Woody Allen film. Here's one that stars him in a supporting role. Here he plays a garrulous, quick witted magician, not disimilar to the role he played in Broadway Danny Rose. The main role is given to Scarlett Johansson, who plays a journalist who comes across information relating to a serial killer known as the 'Tarrott card' killer. She with the magician's help attempts to uncover whether the information is correct and to find out if the 'Tarrot card' killer really is a rich aristocrat played by Hugh Jackman. Much suspense and hilarity follow.

It is a film that does not take itself too seriously. If you're a Woody Allen fan I wouldn't be put off too much by the negative reviews on the site. Okay, it's not up there with Annie Hall or Manhattan, but there's enough here for you to enjoy.

Check out if you like:
Manhattan Murder Mystery,
Matchpoint,
Mighty Aphrodite
Annie Hall
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13 of 15 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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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 April 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
‘Scoop’ is a Woody Allen film set in London. Despite this, most of its lead actors are not British. But that’s by the way. The fact is that it’s supposed to be a comedy. Only it’s not really that funny. Sure, there are a few lines here and there (largely delivered by Woody Allen himself) which may raise a smile, but overall it’s hardly a ‘laugh out loud’ affair.

Scarlett Johansson plays a student journalist in London who, while on stage during one of (magician) Woody Allen’s tricks, happens to be contacted by a ghost (Ian McShane) who tells her who a serial killer really is. She, in turn, decides to enlist Woody’s help and track down the alleged culprit. Only the man in question is Hugh Jackson and she falls in love with him. So you’re left with a kind of mish-mash of genres, encompassing supernatural, murder/mystery and romantic comedy. Sadly, it never really focuses on one area enough.

Scarlett and Woody are likable enough leads, but they breeze through the story (which is about a serial killer murdering women and leaving tarot cards at the scene of the crime) like they’re going on a picnic. It’s actually quite a dark affair, but you never really feel it, even in the climax at the end.

I read online that Woody Allen picked Scarlett Johansson because he thought she had untapped comedic value. She may well have, but she doesn’t really get much of a chance to shine here. Woody takes all the best lines for himself, leaving little else for her to do apart from fall in love and act a bit kooky.

Overall, ‘Scoop’ isn’t a bad film, it’s just not focused enough to be that memorable.

Bonus point (for men!) – Scarlett in a swimsuit (still doesn’t really save the entire movie though).
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