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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!

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Woody Allen, Julian Glover
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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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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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 19 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bacon on 20 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This Woody Allen flick went almost a decade before finally getting a DVD release here in the UK - in some ways I can see why, it's far from his best work but as a fan I still found much to enjoy in this one.

Allen takes a starring role this time out which adds an element to proceedings as we likely won't see that much more of him on screen. He plays a stage magician who teams up with Scarlett Johansson's amateur journalist after they get a tip off as to the identity of a notorious serial killer who's bumping off London prostitutes. This tip off comes from beyond the grave in the form of a deceased journalist (just go with it).

Allen brings his usual fast patter with the odd corking one liner hitting home while Johansson plays nicely off him - they have a pretty decent, amusing, odd couple dynamic. Hugh Jackman gives us his best Hugh Grant impression as the possible murderer while a raft of familiar faces from British TV and film fill in the background.

In terms of Allen's previous work it's similar in tone to Manhattan Murder Mystery for example with a dash of the fantastic from the likes of Midnight in Paris or The Purple Rose of Cairo. Each of those films are superior to this one of course but it's still worth a go. The plot is interesting enough and perhaps most importantly it is genuinely funny for the most part - bringing a fair few chuckles and the odd big laugh. Recommended for fans, cautiously recommended for everyone else.
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Format: DVD
Another Allen film that was generally dismissed by critics, but for me was worth seeing. Certainly it’s hard to argue that this is up there with Allen’s best work, but it still has a lot of funny bits, and Allen and Scarlett Johansson have a great on-screen rapport as a young aspiring journalist and a slightly pathetic aging magician who team up to try and solve a murder case.

The two Americans have to fake their way into the upper-class world of London, to chase the young aristocrat who a ghostly Ian McShane (a great reporter who died, but got a tip crossing the river Styx, and came back to tell someone) has informed them committed a series of murders. Allen is very funny in these scenes as he tries to blend in with the lords and ladies, and Hugh Jackman does an excellent job as the suave, likable ‘is he or isn’t he’ object of their investigations, who, naturally Johannson falls for.

There are weaknesses; some logic problems with the mystery, and a pay-off that’s less than one might hope. But this does a nice job of capturing some of the feel of a witty 1930s comedy. While no masterpiece, if almost anyone else had made this film, it might well have gotten praise as an enjoyable, well made romantic comedy thriller. It just doesn’t quite stand up when compared to the heights Allen is capable of.
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