Scoop (2006)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 36 mins

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Embedded with scintillating suspense and quirky comedy, this romantic thriller follows the twists and turns in the life of an American journalism student, Sondra Pransky, when she is given the name and identity of the tarot card serial killer of London, from an obstinate ghost. 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 discovers the identity of the tarot card serial killer of London. He immediately cheats the Reaper and appears to Sondra while she 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 travels to London, drags Sid into her investigation, and tries to infiltrate Lyman's privileged world to try and find out if he truly is a psychopathic serial killer, but soon finds herself falling in love with him. Was Joe Strombel's final scoop false? Will Sondra get her first big scoop or find true love?
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Cast: Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson

Crew: Woody Allen (Director), Remi Adefarasin (Director of Photography)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romantic Comedy, Thriller

Release Dates: 15 Sep 2006 (India)

Tagline: The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.

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Did you know? The song that plays at the end of the movie, and used predominately as the theme throughout is called "In The Hall of the Mountain King". Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
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Dolby Digital
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24 fps
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2.35 : 1
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Taglines:
The perfect man. The perfect story. The perfect murder.
Goofs:
Character Error
The instrument in the Music Room under which the Tarot cards are hidden is constantly referred to as a "French horn" when in fact it is actually a Conn 16E Mellophonium. Additionally, in the first scene in which the Mellophonium is shown it appears without a mouthpiece. In all subsequent scenes a mouthpiece is in place.

Crew/Equipment Visible
There were several scenes where Scarlett Johansson's lapel mike radio frequency transmitter strapped on her waist behind her is visible.

Factual Mistake
In the end credit soundtrack section, the composer Edvard Grieg is misspelled as "Edvard Greig".

Miscellaneous
Sondra tells Peter Lyman that her father is having sensitivity in tooth "lower # 7." In the American tooth numbering system, number seven is always an upper tooth, specifically the upper right lateral incisor. In the British tooth numbering system, there is no tooth number seven.

Miscellaneous
Peter never asks Sondra how she got into his secure room to find the Tarot cards under the French Horn.

Continuity
When Sondra sits in the boat with Peter before he pushes her into the lake she wears beige / light brown clothes. When she returns to the house and happens upon Peter and the policemen, being still wet, her clothes are dark brown, almost black. That's too dark to be wet beige. It can't be muddy either, because the rest of her (hands, hair, face) are clean.

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When Peter is telling Sondra about the murder when they are out on the lake, the sky on Sondra's side alternate from dark to light between the shots.
Trivia:
The lead character (originally an adult journalist) was tailored specifically to Johansson, whom Woody Allen observed as having an unused "funny" quality about her while working on the previous film Match Point (2005).

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 (2006) and The Prestige (2006), the second of which also stars Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson. Woody Allen was tutored magic and illusion for the movie by Scott Penrose.

The film is the second of Woody Allen's films (the other being Hollywood Ending (2002)) not to have a UK theatrical release.

The song that plays at the end of the movie, and used predominately as the theme throughout is called "In The Hall of the Mountain King".

Sid's green and black micro-car is a Smart ForTwo and his cell phone is a Motorola V180