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Rehashing old plot lines and characters, Scoop is a tiresome dipper and another disappointing addition to Woody Allen's repertoire.



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The late U.K. journalist Joe Strombel 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. Sondra is an American journalism student visiting friends in London. During a stage performance by another American, magician Sid Waterman, 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. That chase leads right to handsome British aristocrat Peter Lyman. Soon, Sondra finds that the romance of her life may well be the dangerous scoop she's looking for.

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Woody Allen
as Sid Waterman
Hugh Jackman
as Peter Lyman
Scarlett Johansson
as Sondra Pransky
Ian McShane
as Joe Strombel
Charles Dance
as Mr. Malcolm
Fenella Woolgar
as Jane Cook
Julian Glover
as Lord Lyman
Kevin McNally
as Mike Tinsley
Carolyn Backhouse
as Vivian's Mother
Sam Friend
as Vivian's Brother
Jim Dunk
as Funeral Speaker
Suzy Kewer
as Splendini's Assistant
Jody Halse
as Stagehand
Matt Day
as Jerry Burke
Elizabeth Berrington
as Antique Shop Woman
Rupert Frazer
as Antique Shop Man
Tina Rath
as Wendy Beamish
Caroline Blakiston
as Mrs. Quincy
Richard Johnson
as Mr. Quincy
Moya Brady
as Screamer
Meg Wynn Owen
as Housekeeper
Anthony Head
as Detective
Robert Bathurst
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 1
Geoff Bell
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 2
Christopher Fulford
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 3
Nigel Lindsay
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 4
Doreen Mantle
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 1
David Schneider
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 2
Meera Syal
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 3
Julia Deakin
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 1
Margaret Tyzack
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 2
Jeffrey Wickham
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 3
Robyn Kerr
as Tinsley's Fan No. 1
Richard Stirling
as Tinsley's Fan No. 2
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Audience Reviews for Scoop

  • Jun 07, 2013
    Woody Allen partners with Scarlett Johansson once again to deliver the quirky British comedy Scoop. When a recently deceased investigative reporter learns that the son of a British Lord may be a serial killer, he cheats Death in order to get the information to an aspiring college reporter who takes up his cause and attempts to uncover the story. Johansson and Allen are outstanding and have incredible comedic chemistry. And co-stars Hugh Jackman and Ian McShane also deliver great performances. Additionally, Allen's directing is quite good, and has a classic noir detective style to it. Scoop is a smart crime drama that well-crafted and funny.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2013
    Good lord...Woody Allen is so overrated. He even made Scarlett Johansson become a bad actress.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2012
    Not anywhere near as awful as most critics have made it sound. In fact, it's suprisingly funny and charming. I always love to see Woody Allen acting in his movies. Perhaps a bit too much foreshadowing, but a decent comedy.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Youâ(TM)ve got the brilliant Woody Allen (Match Point), the good Woody Allen (Cassandraâ(TM)s Dream), and the misguided Woody Allen, which describes Scoop. It has some good one liners in classic Allen style, but many others which fall flat, as does the script with itâ(TM)s silly, overly quirky plot. Allen was actually pretty good in the film as an actor, but Scarlett Johansson was miscast, attempting to play a part completely opposite her role in Match Point.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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