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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Sally's (Naomi Watts') parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Jones ... Helena
Pauline Collins ... Cristal
Anthony Hopkins ... Alfie
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison Kelly Harrison ... Personal Trainer
Naomi Watts ... Sally
Josh Brolin ... Roy
Freida Pinto ... Dia
Eleanor Gecks Eleanor Gecks ... Rollerblading Friend
Antonio Banderas ... Greg
Fenella Woolgar ... Jane
Ewen Bremner ... Henry Strangler
Christian McKay ... Poker Friend
Philip Glenister ... Poker Friend
Jonathan Ryland ... Poker Friend
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Storyline

Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and husband Roy (Josh Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Lucy Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Antonio Banderas), while Roy, an author nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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English | Italian

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Woody Allen London Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,103, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,247,816, 6 February 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (3-track)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First theatrical movie written and directed by Woody Allen that was not produced by Charles H. Joffe. Joffe, who had worked with Allen for nearly forty years, died in July 2008. See more »

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The napkin in front of Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) when at lunch with Helena. He unfolds it, then it's again perfectly folded. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Sally, don't get a crush on your boss. That way is total madness.
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Written & Performed by Rupert Pope & Reece Gilmore A.K.A Silver/Sir Realist
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For Anglophiles, Allen fans and the disappointed 2010 film-goer
21 September 2010 | by rroberto18See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins is always a joy to behold on screen. If you're further into things British and your "Masterpiece Theater" memory is long, you will recognize wife #1 as the incredible "Duchess Of Duke Street" Gemma Jones, making a rare appearance on America's big screen. Like Allen's more recent films, save for the British accents, you could be in any city of urban sophisticates and wannabes. The London settings ultimately don't give the film a deep sense of any place in particular. But as Anglophiles have not been well-served of late Stateside, this release will have to do until some grand historic costume epic sweeps us back into a dark theater. All new Woody Allen comedies are also for those who don't dwell on the director's personal life and still enjoy him as a film-maker of thoughtful,lighter fare. Sure, his earliest films were more ground-breaking and side-splitting, but we've accepted that for eons now. Not an obvious Oscar contender as a whole, many of its performances are indeed worthy of consideration. Sony Pictures Classics' marketing is a good fit for American audiences who see the imprint of a studio's "for select audiences" arm as a modern-day film lovers' "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval -- proclaiming here is a work of cinema, several cuts above the mindless teen romp, action-adventure or horror rampage. Film comedy choices for 40-somethings on up have been bleak of late. As the Oscar race moves into its final quarter lap, a visit with this "Stranger" will brighten things up a bit. My 6 rating is relative to the quality of 2010's domestic crop. It could just as well have been a 5 if there had been more comedies worth $14 since January. But especially for Allen devotees, all is relative, in that sense at least.


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