Match Point

Synopsis: From a humble background and with traditional values, Irish Chris Wilton is still struggling financially despite being a recently retired high ranked tennis pro. He has taken a job as a tennis instructor at an upscale London tennis club, although he knows there is a better life for him somewhere down the road. He is befriended by one of his students, wealthy Tom Hewett. Chris starts to date Tom's sister, Chloe Hewett, a girl-next-door type who is immediately attracted to Chris. Chloe quickly knows she wants to marry Chris, and through her businessman father, Alec Hewett, tries to help Chris and their future by getting him an executive job in Alec's company. In his life with the Hewetts, Chris begins to enjoy the finer things in life. Through it all however, Chris cannot help thinking about Nola Rice, a struggling American actress who he meets at the Hewett estate and who is Tom's unofficial fiancée. Nola is vivacious, and she knows the effect she has on men, including Chris. Unlike Chr
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Dreamworks
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

The man who said,

"I'd rather be lucky than good,"

saw deeply into life.

People are afraid to face how great

a part of life is dependent on luck.

It's scary to think so much

is out of one's control.

There are moments in a match

when the ball hits the top of the net,

and for a split second

it can either go forward or fall back.

With a little luck,

it goes forward and you win.

Or maybe it doesn't, and you lose.


Mr. Townsend.

Just this way.

So the Beach Club Marbella,

tennis instructor.

Stanford House.

Forte Village, Sardinia. Nice.

Yes. I've had

a good deal of experience.

Yeah, so I see.

Now, I've heard very good things.

You don't miss playing professionally?

I thank God every day

I don't have to do it.

I hate the whole tennis tour thing.

Constant traveling, and I was

never going to be Rusedski or Agassi.

You have to really want it.

Not that I have their talent.

Well, your credentials

and references are excellent.

And you want to live in London?

Very much. Very much.

We have a very

exclusive membership here.

You can begin this weekend?

Thank you. Thank you very much.

That's your sofa,

which also doubles up as a bed.

Which is great, you know,

'cause you can be watching some telly,

ain't got the hassle

of having to go to a bedroom.

You can just open it up, get your kip.

Kitchen just through there.

All your amenities, fixtures,

fittings, washer-dryer...

All that stuff.

Lovely view, not overlooked.

So it's all good.

This is 225 a week?

Well, it's London, mate. Bang, mate.

If you don't like it, move to Leeds.

D'you know what I mean?

You got a wok?

You got a wok? It's one of those

Oriental, sort of conical pans.

- No, no, no.

- The geezer who was in here before,

he left one in there. You're

welcome to it. I'll throw that in.

- I'll take it.

- That's a good choice.

Very good.

Chris Wilton.

This is Tom Hewett.

- Very nice to meet you. How do you do?

- Morning. Pleasure.

I think Chris would be

the perfect instructor for you,

and he's very patient.

Great at analyzing a player's faults.

I'm so out of practice. I mean,

I haven't played since university,

and I loved it, but I haven't

picked up a racket in bloody ages, so...

Don't worry, it comes back.

What you can't do is rush in,

be discouraged.


- Well, good luck.

- Thank you very much.

- Over here.

- Brilliant.

OK, so who was better, or tougher?

Henman or Agassi?

- They were both great.

- Yeah, I know, but I mean,

you held your own more than admirably.

For a while.

But as the game goes on,

you see how really good they are.

- Actually, I'll get this.

- No, no, no, no.

- No, please, Tom, I insist. I insist.

- No, no, no, no, no.

Get your dirty great forehand off.

Thank you. I'll get the next one.

So, do you need a lift after this?

Actually, I'm looking for a music store.

I want to buy some CDs.

Music around here?

I think there's one on the Fulham Road.

And they'll have a decent opera section?

Opera? You like opera, really?

I love opera.

Papa gives loads

to the Royal in Covent Garden.

I know this is gonna sound a bit weird,

but would you like to go

to the opera tomorrow night?

To the opera?

Yeah. We've got a box

and someone's not coming.

It's La bloody Traviata.

My God. I'd love to.

Are you sure it's not an imposition?

Can I at least pay for my seat?

It's not an imposition,

it'd be an absolute pleasure.

I just like the fact that we both

share a love for opera. Brilliant.


- I said to David and Melissa...

- Evening all. Hello, Mum.

Hello, sweetie. Very nice to see you.

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