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Match Point (2005)

Coming Out at 26 October 2005 in theaters.

Drama, Romance, Thriller

Match Point is psychological thriller film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, and Penelope Wilton. In the film, Rhys Meyers’s character marries into a wealthy family, but his social position is threatened by his affair with his brother-in-law’s girlfriend, played by Johansson. The film deals with themes of morality, greed, and the roles of lust, money, and luck in life, leading many to compare it to Allen’s earlier film Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). It was produced and filmed in London after Allen had difficulty finding financial support for the film in New York. The agreement obliged him to make it there using a cast and crew mostly from the United Kingdom. Allen quickly re-wrote the script, which was originally set in New York, for a British setting.

Chris Wilton, a recently retired tennis professional from Ireland, is taken on as an instructor at an upmarket club in London. He strikes up a friendship with a wealthy pupil, Tom Hewett, after discovering their common affinity for opera. Tom’s older sister, Chloe, is smitten with Chris, and the two begin dating. During a family gathering, Chris meets Tom’s American fiancée, Nola Rice, and they are instantly attracted to each other. Tom’s mother, Eleanor, does not approve of her son’s relationship with Nola, a struggling actress, which is a source of tension in the family. Chloe encourages her father, Alec, to give Chris a job as an executive in one of his companies; he begins to be accepted into the family and marriage is discussed.

During a storm, after having her choice of profession questioned by Eleanor, Nola leaves the house to be alone. Chris follows Nola outside and confesses his feelings for her, and they passionately have sex in a wheat-field. Feeling guilty, Nola treats this as an accident; Chris, however, wants an ongoing clandestine relationship. Chris and Chloe marry, while Tom ends his relationship with Nola.

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton


Jonathan Rhys MeyersChris Wilton
Alexander ArmstrongMr. Townsend
Paul KayeEstate Agent
Matthew GoodeTom Hewett
Brian CoxAlec Hewett
Penelope WiltonEleanor Hewett
Emily MortimerChloe Hewett Wilton
Janis Kelly‘La Traviata’ Performers
Alan Oke‘La Traviata’ Performers
Mark GatissPing-Pong Player
Scarlett JohanssonNola Rice
Philip MansfieldWaiter
Simon KunzRod Carver
Geoffrey StreatfeildAlan Sinclair
Mary Hegarty‘Rigoletto’ Performer
John FortuneJohn the Chauffeur
Rupert Penry-JonesHenry
Patricia WhymarkTelephone Operator
Anthony O’DonnellCustodian
Miranda RaisonHeather
Rose KeeganCarol
Zoe TelfordSamantha
Margaret TyzackMrs. Eastby
Scott HandyHewetts’ Friends
Emily GilchristHewetts’ Friends
Selina CadellMargaret
Georgina ChapmanNola’s Co-Worker
Colin SalmonIan
Toby KebbellPoliceman
Steve PembertonDetective Parry
Ewen BremnerInspector Dowd
James NesbittDetective Banner
Alex ArgentiTourist
Morne BotesParty Guest
Spencer KaydenMme. Seyffertitz
Michelle LimaSpanish Tennis Player
Eddie MarsanOffice Worker
Dawn MurphyCloakroom Girl
Leonard SilverBridge Player
Tina SimmonsOpera Patron

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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