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The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion [DVD] [2001]

Woody Allen , Helen Hunt , Woody Allen    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Berkley
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGVQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,096 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

CW Briggs is the top insurance investigator in New York in 1940, and prides himself on being able to get into the mind of any thief who attempts to scam his company. However, thanks to the hypnotic powers of the Jade Scorpion, the mind of a thief is instead gettin g into Briggs.

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Woody Allen (Play it Again, Sam; Annie Hall; Manhattan; Vicky Cristina Barcelona) wrote, directed and stars in this 1930's-set comedy crime mystery. Co-starring amongst others Helen Hunt (Twister; As Good as It Gets; What Women Want) & Charlize Theron (The Devil's Advocate; The Cider House Rules; Monster). Veteran insurance investigator CW Briggs (Allen), a man with with many previous successes, and new company employee, efficency expert Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Hunt) instantly take a dislike to each other when Betty Ann starts work in the same office. Things though get far worse when both are hypnotized with a jade scorpion by Voltan, a magician during his stage act and shortly afterwards some valuable jewels are stolen...could there be a connection ?, and if so will Briggs (who's now been assigned to the case) unmask the culprit, even it turns out to be himself !.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curse of Jade Scorpion - a review 20 Aug 2005
By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This film was slammed by most of the critics on it's release and i find it hard to see why.This is a great comedy with literally stacks of great one liners - so many in fact that you need a couple of viewings to take them all in.This is what Allen does best and that is write pure comedy with gags coming so thick and fast that even if a few miss the mark you are still left laughing at the great ones.
Allen & Helen Hunt both fall under the curse of the jade Scorpion whilst on an insurance firm's works evening out at a local magic show and that is the cue for the fast paced capers and one liners to keep you entertained.
The only downside is that Allen & Hunt make such an unlikely screen couple it stretches credability to say the least.
Otherwise though,an excellent film from the master and take no notice of the savage critical reviews of this film.
Accept the word of someone who has seen every Woody Allen film many times over.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the critics 29 July 2005
Curse of the Jade Scorpion is a joyous film, set just pre-WW2, it is delightful light comic piece. Woody Allen plays an insurance investigator who is hypnotised into stealing priceless jewels.
People are very scathing about Woody Allen's more recent films, but I think this one is great. It is funny, diverting, atmospheric, and has a great jazz soundtrack. If you want to spend an enjoyable evening watching a film I recommend it highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mikie
I realize I may have unusual taste (I love Robin William's "Popeye" and even HE hates it!). And I heard Woody Allen thinks this is his worst film. Well I am not really a fan of Woody Allen's movies, but I really enjoy this one. He is funny, not trying to be intellectual, the atmosphere is amazing, like a colour version of an old B and W movie, Helen Hunt and Charlize Theron are each lovely in their own way. It may not be TRULY great, but it is entertaining and worth watching. At the very least it's a good mystery story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining film 9 Jun 2007
This offering from an older Woody Allen is set in the 1940s, about the adventures of an ageing insurance investigator and his clashes with with a new bright female executive in the company he works for. Not many film plots involve hypnosis, and this makes for an unusual and interesting story with romance thrown in. All in all, a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable: wonderfully warm and funny 9 Feb 2014
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I'm with Peter, who says 'ignore the critics'. This is one of the few Allen movies I've yet to get around to buying. But I've seen and enjoyed it several times now. First of all it is beautifully filmed visually, capturing a very nostalgic fantasy vision of a kind of non-specific '30s era America; trilbys, trenchcoats, and sassy dames (Helen Hunt is great), but no hint of any Great Depression! Quite the contrary, this is Allen in straightforward feel-good mode.

The plot is zany, the look gorgeous, the romance predictable (but no less seductive and enjoyable for that), and the gags and one-liners flow with a relaxed fluency that puts the viewer (this one at any rate) at ease. Several Allen tropes, such as the frequently occuring use of hypnosis, and even a familiar face or two (Radio Days 'Masked Avenger' is one of Allen's insurance company buddies), add to the sense of comfortable continuity. There's a lot less angst and overt intellect than many Woody pics, but it's smart for all that, wearing its accomplishment lightly in its easy fluidity.

That the guy who made everything from Stardust Memories to Zelig could make something so in keeping with his whole oeuvre, and yet so light and easy, is all part of Woody's prolific and winning charm, to me. But I think I'll wait for the price to dip before I get my copy: I've accrued around 30 Allen movies so far, probably averaging around £5 a pop!
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