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6.61 h 35 min2006X-Ray12
American journalism student, Sondra Pransky, who is visiting friends in London, gets 'volunteered' during a stage performance by touring American magician, Sid Waterman, aka 'Splendini'. In the magic casket, Sondra is shocked to see deceased U.K. journalist, Joe Strombel. From beyond, he gives her the scoop of a lifetime with leads to the identity of the 'Tarot Card Killer' stalking prostitutes.
Woody Allen
Scarlett JohanssonHugh JackmanWoody Allen
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4.0 out of 5 stars

310 global ratings

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GastronaughtReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Splendini Splendid!
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This goes to show age comes with beauty and I'm not talking about Scarlet and Woody, I'm talking about the super inelegance that wrote, directed and acted in this movie! Woody Allen, I haven't laughed so much in years, he's still got it! What is so incredible is how fit and agile he is, physical comedy and brilliant one liners. If I live to be this great and still funny maybe I could sell one of my screenplays, finally! But unlikely while he is still making great movies! He's like the grim reaper of funny, scything away the competition. I'm a young man for gods sake! How can I write after watching this, he's created an infectious anxiety and now its mine! I'd call my analyst but he's already told that joke! As for Scarlet Johansson, I knew this girl was funny in real life, but she just kept being cast in action movies and romance. She may possibly be the funniest comedy actress on the planet. Let me qualify, she has a comic timing that perfectly matches Woody and that is not easy. She is a natural comic, she has undiscovered funny bones that will guarantee her a longer career than her stunning good looks would normally allow. Everyone wants to be a serious actor but comedy is the thing that etches an actor in the memory of the people for ever. Scarlet please! More comedy, you are made for it!
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Richard MortonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 March 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth seeking out
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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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Lawrence WrayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining with a hint of mystery and comedy thrown in.
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I suppose it depends on what you're looking for at the time.

I was simply looking to add films to the watch list, but when I noticed Woody Allen in the trailer, I watched it straight away.

Will it make cinematic history? No. But . . . it's a great way to escape for the time it took to watch it. Woody plays a bumbling magician to great effect and although the story line is a bit far- fetched, isn't that why we watch films - to escape reality?

There are also a couple of nice little twists that will have you wondering if you do actually know who the baddie is.

Would I recommend it? Let's just say that if it is shown on terrestrial telly and I notice it, I would definitely watch it again.
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coraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Amusing Little Number - Beware of Non-Compatible Region 1 DVD
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First off a word of warning about the particular DVD I purchased [[ASIN:B000IB0DB2 Scoop]]. I received a Region 1 product that cannot be played on standard European Region 2 devices. And this is in no way indicated in the product description. I cannot be sure if the description is wrong or if the seller simply made a mistake when dispatching the item. I've contaceted the seller who were quick to refund. As DVD revriews usually appear for all versions of a film, I've rated this purely on the merits of the film, which I've seen before and like, but would advise buyers to opt for a different version from the one I ordered (see product link above).

Now to the film itself. This is a bit of fluffy escapism - an unlikely romance with a murder mystery thrown in. Or is it the other way around? I don't think it matters, this is not a film that wants to be taken overly seriously. It's a bit of fun and light entertainment. And there is nothing wrong with that.

A recently dead star reporter (Ian McShane) contacts an earnest young student journalist (Scarlett Johansson) and reveals to her that a young and rich aristocrat with political ambitions (Hugh Jackman) is a wanted serial killer, urging her to investigate the story and land the big scoop. With the help of an ageing stage magician (Woody Allen), she sets out on the task. Complications (and romance) ensue.

It's a highly unlikely story, but if you're willing to go with it, it's actually quite enjoyable. You have to put up with Allen in front of the camera, but you are rewarded with a very enjoyable performance from Johansson. Jackman works well as her young millionaire love interest. He hasn't really a lot to do, but what he does he does well and he does look gorgeous. However, it is Ian McShane who steals every scene with his few short moments of screen time. The film is well cast with many familiar faces from British film and TV in supporting roles (Charles Dance has a very nice small part as newpaper editor). Apart from Allen whom I don't highly rate as an actor, all turn in solid performances. Nice little film for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Don't expect too much and you should enjoy it well enough.
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AimeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 March 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
I like a little weirdness sometimes
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The story line is a little absurd -- including happenings that most would not consider part of their reality, without any attempt from the film to make it integrate it into your reality (i.e. to make them seem credible) . I can handle that. I like a little weirdness sometimes. But the main characters inexpert, ill-thought-out lying and tiptoeing around to investigate was a bit cringey (because it's the kind of things that are embarrassing for the characters) and not really humorous (which I'm assuming it was hoped to be), and Woody Allen made it rather irritating at times, for my tastes. That, I'm guessing, is what was what was meant by `silliness' in other reviews, rather than the slightly absurd story elements. I think to actually like this film you have to like Woody Allen's typical anxiety-stricken, excessive-talking characters, of which I have noted in another film with him in, and be prepared for another character that is written as slightly inept (and over talkative when nervous too) to be alongside that a lot of the time.
GollumReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 June 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining but may not be to everyone's taste...
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Woody Allen is writer, director and one of the stars of this film. Whilst the story line is not entirely novel, the film has a distinctive, different and individual style, which may be like marmite - not everyone will like it. There is deliberate ham acting and a silly feel to the comedy (it doesn't go as far as slapstick), which I found amusing rather than explicitly funny. Entertaining, if you are looking for something a bit different.
Mr. R. W. GrahamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
From Beyond The Grave
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A stage magician teams up with a journalism student after getting a tip from beyond the grave from the ghost of a dead reporter that the son of a famous and wealthy Lord might be a serial killer called The Tarot Card Killer. An odd one from Woody Allen but one of his more underrated films. His second London set film after Match Point which flopped and didn't even get a cinema release in the UK and is hard to find on DVD. It's actually a lot of fun with excellent performances from Woody Allen, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman and Ian McShane and is a genuinely tense if strange which is probably why it flopped supernatural mystery comedy and it's very witty.
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L O'ConnorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Woody Allen has never been funnier
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this is an hilarious comedy-mystery in which a recently deceased journalist (ian mcShane) returns from the dead to find someone to whom he can impart vital information about the possible identity of a serial killer. He happens to connect with an earnest young american student of journalism (Scarlett Johansson) in the middle of taking part in the act of a stage magician, the Great Splendini, (Woody Allen). From then on the film just gets funnier and funnier as Johansson persuades allen to help her investigate the suspect, posh Englishman Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman). from the moment allen walks on stage as the Great Splendini he had me in fits of laughter, and when he has to pretend to be Johansson's father he's just sublime. This is a wonderfully funny film from beginning to end.
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