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The Very Thought of You (1998)

Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (original title)
R | | Comedy, Romance | 8 May 1998 (UK)
Laurence recounts to his neighbour how his life long friendship with Frank and Daniel has been overturned in just three days by their each independently meeting, and falling for, Martha, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Debora Weston ...
First Class Passenger
Jan Pearson ...
Daniel's Senior Partner
Male Information Official
Rebecca Craig ...
Gillian - Female Information Official
Paul Bigley ...
Black's Hotel Room Service
Geoffrey McGivern ...
Travel Agent
Icelandair Official
US Ground Stewardess
Taxi Driver
Bus Driver (as Robert Brydon)


Laurence recounts to his neighbour how his life long friendship with Frank and Daniel has been overturned in just three days by their each independently meeting, and falling for, Martha, who has no idea of their connection. Slowly the tale unfolds, the narrative moving backwards and forwards gradually filling in the gaps until we see the whole picture. Written by <wyohwy@hotmail.com>

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Two's Company. Three's a Crowd. Four's a Disaster.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 May 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Very Thought of You  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£335,463 (UK) (8 May 1998)


$94,176 (USA) (10 September 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plane on which Martha and Daniel travel changes from an Lockheed L1011 after take-off to a DC-10 on landing. See more »


Daniel: And one of the rooms they called it the library and they filled it full of books. Thousands of books on every subject and they're all second-hand. You know why?
Martha: It was cheaper?
Daniel: No. It's so it looks like they've been read.
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I only want to be with you
Written by Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde
Performed by Dusty Springfield
Published by Chappel music limited
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a few clever twists before a totally predictable ending
21 May 2002 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for simplicity with little twists here and there - just enough to make it amusing but not too much to be thought-provoking -then this movie would be a good place to start.

It's definitely a low-budget film, you can really tell from the color quality. Clever, feel-good script - really aims to entertain instead of being profound, although it's probably a good idea to lay off the cheesy, over-used lines like "she's different from any woman I've ever met" and "do you believe that things happenned for a reason?".

Good line up of cast. Tom Hollander and Rufus Sewell really shines as Daniel and Frank, they play off each other beautifully and show a bit of versatility which is nice (both are well known dramatic actors).

Joseph Fiennes was okay - Laurence doesn't really provide much. He's the long suffering lovesick puppy type which Mr. Fiennes has obviously played quite a few times before. He somehow fits in less naturally here as if he's gone straight from a stage production and hasn't really got time to shake off the character. Very good vocal (still got the elizabethan twinge in it)and not much facial expression. I do enjoy the idiosyncracies like Laurence drawing something whenever he feels stuck in the middle. And how he's occasionally being called "Florence".

Monica Potter provides a very Julia Roberts style performance, which isn't saying much of her own quality as an actress.

I was watching this movie with a roomate the other day and she said "It's a movie that makes you want to fall in love" - I myself was just looking for a comedy and was getting it just fine from this movie. So for whatever reason, you'll enjoy it.

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