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USA: Focus Features
Cast: Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane, Romola Garai, Charles Dance, Anthony Head, Fenella Woolgar, Julian Glover, Kevin R McNally, Carolyn Backhouse, Sam Friend, Mark Heap, Paula Wilcox, John Standing, Tina Rath, Victoria Hamilton, Jim Dunk, Robert Bathurst, Geoff Bell, Christopher Fulford, Nigel Lindsay, Doreen Mantle, David Schneider, Meera Syal, Robyn Kerr, Richard Stirling, Caroline Blakiston, Richard Johnson, William Hoyland, Suzy Kewer, Jody Halse, Matt Day, Elizabeth Berrington, Rupert Frazer, Christopher Godwin, Sanjeev Bhaskar, John Light, Moya Brady, Rosie Cavaliero, Anthony O'Donnell, Phil Cornwell, Meg Wynn Owen, Alexander Armstrong, Julia Deakin, Margaret Tyzack, Jeffrey Wickham
Director: Woody Allen
Countries: USA / UK
USA: 96 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some sexual content
USA Release Date: 28 July 2006 (Limited Release)
SCOOP is the new contemporary comedy from writer/director Woody Allen, and is his second consecutive film to be set and shot in London (following MATCH POINT). SCOOP stars Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and Ian McShane.
The late UK journalist Joe Strombel (played by Ian McShane) is being mourned by his colleagues - even as, stuck in limbo, Joe remains committed to pursuing a hot tip on the identity of "the Tarot Card Killer" at large in London. But how can his legwork get done now? Via the very much alive Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson).
Sondra is an American journalism student visiting friends in London. During a stage performance by another American, magician Sid Waterman (Woody Allen), Sondra is shocked to find herself able to see and hear Joe. From beyond, he gives her the scoop of a lifetime and urges her to pursue it. Sondra immediately starts chasing the big story, enlisting the aid of a reluctant Sid (a.k.a. Splendini).
That chase leads right to handsome British aristocrat Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). Soon, Sondra finds that the romance of her life may well be the dangerous scoop she's looking for.