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A Life Less Ordinary -- Robert gets the ransom he requested but runs into some unforeseen complications.
A Life Less Ordinary -- O'Reilly and Francis come to an agreement with Naville on a recovery fee for his daughter.
A Life Less Ordinary -- Jackson tries to make sure that Robert told Celine that he loves her.
A Life Less Ordinary -- Elliot is injured while trying to speak out.

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Director:
Writer:
John Hodge (written by)
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Release Date:
24 October 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy for anyone who's ever been in danger...of falling in love. See more »
Plot:
Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A pair of angels are not to return to heaven before they've accomplished their mission: to make two people on earth fall in love and stick together. See more (174 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Holly Hunter ... O'Reilly

Delroy Lindo ... Jackson

Dan Hedaya ... Gabriel

Cameron Diaz ... Celine Naville

Ian McNeice ... Mayhew

Ewan McGregor ... Robert Lewis
Frank Kanig ... Ted
Mel Winkler ... Frank Naville
Anne Cullimore Decker ... Violet Eldred Gesteten

Stanley Tucci ... Elliot Zweikel
K.K. Dodds ... Lily

Tony Shalhoub ... Al

Ian Holm ... Naville

Christopher Gorham ... Walt

Maury Chaykin ... Tod Johnson

Timothy Olyphant ... Hiker
Robert Kellog ... Karaoke Cowboy

David Stifel ... Felix
Dane Stevens ... Attendant (as Duane Stephens)
Jayceen Craven ... Gas Station Cashier
Crystal Martinez ... Bank Teller

Jan Hanks ... Customer
Mary-Cristina Schaub ... Bank Daughter
Kitty Brunson ... Bank Teller
Chuck Gowdy ... Client

Judith Ivey ... Celine's Mom
Toni Lynn Byrd ... Secretary

Directed by
Danny Boyle 
 
Writing credits
John Hodge (written by)

Produced by
Sophie Byrne .... animation producer
Margaret Hilliard .... line producer
Andrew Macdonald .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano 
 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Hirakubo 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
 
Production Design by
Kave Quinn 
 
Art Direction by
Tracey Gallacher  (as Tracey Lang Gallacher)
 
Set Decoration by
Marcia Calosio 
 
Costume Design by
Rachael Fleming 
 
Makeup Department
Laurie Aiello .... makeup artist
Toni Brown .... assistant hair stylist
Jodi Gleave .... assistant makeup artist
Diane Hammond .... makeup artist: Mr. Lindo
Katherine James .... makeup artist: Ms. Hunter
Katherine James .... makeup supervisor
Loretta James-Demasi .... assistant makeup artist
Pamela Johnson .... makeup artist
Anne Morgan .... hair stylist: Ms. Diaz
Johnett Robinson .... assistant makeup artist
Douglas J. White .... special makeup effects
Valecia Sarmento .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Leanne Amos .... production manager: second unit Los Angeles
Alecia LaRue .... production manager
Line Postmyr .... production supervisor: Los Angeles second unit
Jill Robertson .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matias Alvarez .... first assistant director
Tia Ardran .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Lisa Campbell .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Miriam Footer .... second assistant director (as Miriam Epstein)
Jeff Jensen .... second unit director
Aleszandra Krecsko .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Win Whittaker .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Broussard .... propmaker
Robert Bullock Jr. .... carpenter
Ray Burkhart .... lead carpenter
Rick Chrisman .... lead carpenter
Christopher Cleary .... set dresser
Randy Cook .... construction foreman
Manny Espinoza .... greensman
Steven E. Eyrse .... scenic foreman
Josie Fife .... lead scenic painter
Darrin Fletcher .... storyboard artist
Amy Fowler .... art department assistant
Mark 'Digger' Green .... assistant property master
Terry Haskell .... property master
John M. Holliday .... construction foreman
Jo Hughes .... production designer: animation
Konnor Jenson .... set dresser
Kimo Jones .... construction coordinator
Brett H. Knowlton .... set dresser
Julie Krueger .... construction estimator
Eve Mavrakis .... art department associate
Kevin Milburn .... set dressing lead man
Gloria Murphy .... assistant props
John Reneau .... on-set dresser
Scott Ruley .... set dresser
Miguel Sapochnik .... storyboard artist: FrameStore
Ivan Saunders .... set dresser
Linden Snyder .... set designer
Marcelino Stumer .... original paintings
Joe Ventress .... on-set stand-by carpenter
 
Sound Department
Phillip Barrett .... foley recordist (as Phil Barrett)
David Boulton .... foley artist (as Dave Boulton)
Douglas Cameron .... sound mixer
Jim Caruana .... assistant engineer
Joseph L. Garrard .... boom operator
Paul Hamblin .... sound mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor
Catherine Hodgson .... sound effects editor
Eddie Jones .... assistant sound mixer
Andy Kennedy .... supervising sound editor
Jonathan Miller .... adr editor
Julian Pinn .... sound consultant: Dolby
 
Special Effects by
Mike Crowley .... supervising technician
Paul Kelly .... mechanical effects: second unit London
Nicky O'Sullivan .... special effects technician
B.J. Shelley .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Avtar Bains .... senior digital effects artist
Donald Campbell .... digital effects artist
Philip Campbell .... digital film scanner supervisor
Robert Duncan .... senior digital effects artist (as Rob Duncan)
Libby Hazell .... digital effects assistant
Drew Jones .... digital effects producer
Arnon Manor .... 3D animator
Sarah Marchant .... Inferno artist
Pedro Sabrosa .... digital effects artist
Steve Tizzard .... digital film scanning and recording
Timothy Webber .... digital effects supervisor
 
Stunts
John Alden .... stunts
Mickey Alzola .... stunts
Frank L. Bare II .... stunt rigger
Frank L. Bare II .... stunts
Kelly Brown .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Stacy Courtney .... stunt double: Holly Hunter
Allan Graf .... stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Lance King .... stunt driver
Lance King .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
Gary Littlejohn .... stunts
Scott Roland .... stunt driver
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunts
Nancy Young .... stunt double: Cameron Diaz
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Andrews .... pre-rigging electrician
Jon Archibald .... key rigging grip
Kurtis Burr .... assistant camera
Caroline Burton .... camera loader
Caroline Burton .... camera trainee
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Jorgen Christenen .... rigging grip
Daniel Courtright .... electrician
Scott Drinon .... dolly grip
Mark Duffy .... rigging best boy
John Fearn .... camera car operator
Julie Fife .... grip
Jerry Fitzgerald .... gaffer: Los Angeles second unit
Christopher Gawel .... grip
Paul Hauser .... rigging best boy
Kelly Klindt .... grip
Mark Laskowski .... assistant camera
Patrick Lennon .... best boy electric
Hal Lewis .... video assist operator
Robert Lowe .... electrician (as Rob Lowe)
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
Gino Nix .... key grip: Los Angeles second unit
Joseph Osborn .... assistant camera: second unit
Joseph Osborn .... camera operator: second unit
Robert 'Dobber' Price .... second assistant camera
Chris Reddish .... rigging gaffer
Patrick Reddish .... gaffer
Bob Shipsey .... director of photography: second unit
Bob Shipsey .... first assistant camera
Gary Shlifer .... underwater director of photography: Los Angeles second unit
Adam Smith .... electrician
Gregory W. Smith .... Steadicam operator
Joshua Staley .... grip
Todd Taylor .... best boy grip (as J. Todd Taylor)
Christine Vestergaard .... director of photography: animation (as Christine Vesterguard)
Craig C. Wallace .... electrician (as Craig Wallace)
 
Animation Department
Sophie Byrne .... animation producer
Jody Meredith .... animator
Michael Mort .... animation director (as Mike Mort)
Andrew Ruhemann .... executive producer: animation
 
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Sarah Foxe .... casting associate: Utah
Gail Goldberg .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Christian Kaplan .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Cate Praggastis .... casting: Utah
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Hunt .... costume supervisor
Elizabeth 'Lanny' Sikes .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Denton Brown .... assistant editor
Anuree De Silva .... assembly editor
Mike Griffiths .... colorist
John Heath .... color timer
Clare St. John .... post-production coordinator
Neil Williams .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Deborah Mannis-Gardner .... music clearances (as Debra Mannis-Gardner)
Tristin Norwell .... music engineer
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Scott Doleto .... driver: grip
William 'Fleet' Eakland .... transportation coordinator
James G. Holmes Jr. .... picture car coordinator
Eric Solmonson .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Dannielle Aquino .... production coordinator: Los Angeles second unit
Rick Bailey .... security coordinator
Phillip Banks .... stand-in: Delroy Lindo
Susan Dillon Beckett .... assistant location manager
Jenifer Booth .... post-production accountant
Sarah Clark .... publicist
Robin L. Cohen .... office production assistant
Anne Fletcher .... assistant choreographer
Cheryl Fong .... liaison: Los Angeles
Tyler W. Gaisford .... office production assistant
Nancy Govednik .... assistant accountant
Cheri Hall .... production accountant
Alice Henty .... production assistant: UK
Frederick P. Howard .... set production assistant
Jerry Jaffe .... location manager: second unit, Los Angeles
Krystine Karns .... location assistant
Crit Killen .... puppeteer: robots
Andrew Langton .... location manager
Elizabeth Maxwell .... caterer
Michael Maxwell .... caterer
Andrea McConnel .... stand-in: Cameron Diaz
Lee Nowak .... script supervisor
Richard T. Olson .... set production assistant
Marino Pascal .... location scout: Los Angeles second unit (as Marinos Paschaloudes)
Nick Sanders .... craft service
Dana Scott .... stand-in: Holly Hunter
Adam Shankman .... choreographer
Andrea Slater .... assistant to producer
Patty Smales .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Springer .... production assistant
Mike Staheli .... set medic (as Michael D. Staheli)
Mike Sudrow .... weapons specialist
Judi Voye .... production coordinator
Laurie Williams .... accounting clerk
Carla Woodmansee .... extras coordinator
Scott Wright .... stand-in: Ewan McGregor
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
103 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ian Holm and Maury Chaykin also co-starred in The Sweet Hereafter (1997), in both movies they had only one scene together.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When O'Relly is paying off the hiker/car-jacker, she says "Here's $40." She hands him six bills. The top three are 20s (one of which you can see the bottom of the bill if not its digit in the corner), the next is a 10, then a 5 and on the bottom another 10. $85 in total.See more »
Quotes:
Naville:Mayhew? Not with the ax.See more »
Soundtrack:
ROUND ARE WAYSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A pair of angels are not to return to heaven before they've accomplished their mission: to make two people on earth fall in love and stick together., 17 July 2005
Author: caroline-bjurstedt-1 from Sweden

Finally, a romantic comedy that is original, intelligent and truly funny. Not to say unpredictable! Usually I dislike this genre, but i can't help loving this movie.

The cast is great, and the chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor is sparkling. (And McGregor even manages to look good in spite of a terrible hair cut. What a performance.) Holly Hunter is great as usual. Please also notice the appearance of Maurey Chakin as the somewhat odd neighbor. If you happen to recognize him, it could be from "My Cousin Vinny", where he plays the grit-eating witness.

This movie has a smart and entertaining dialog and a number of unforgettable scenes and jokes. And it even brings out the romantic in an old cynic like me.

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