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Notting Hill (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 May 1999 (USA)
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The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.



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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Frost ...
PR Chief
'Helix' Lead Actor
Arturo Venegas ...
Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez ...
12-year-old Actress


Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can't believe it himself, William runs into her again - this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world's most wanted woman is not easy - neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coup de foudre à Notting Hill  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£152,532 (UK) (21 May 1999)


$116,006,080 (USA) (1 October 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Curtis developed the film from thoughts while lying awake at night. He described the starting point as "the idea of a very normal person going out with an unbelievably famous person and how that impinges on their lives". See more »


Although Bella is in a wheelchair and complains of the fact that her house needs ramps for her to get around, there is a step without a ramp leading to her front door. In one scene she is seen about to leave the house in her wheelchair, unassisted. See more »


William: [after hitting his shin on a fence while climbing over it] Now what in the world in this garden could make that ordeal worthwhile?
[Anna kisses him]
William: Nice garden.
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Crazy Credits

The coloured dots and symbols pop up in time with the music (And when the word 'heart' is sung, a litte red heart appears) See more »


Spoofed in Dawson's Creek: Homecoming (1999) See more »


Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
Performed by Ronan Keating
Courtesy of Scarlet Moon Music, administered by BMG Music Publishing
By permission of Screen Gems - EMI Music Ltd
Courtesy of MCA Music Publishing
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd (UK)
Licensed from PolyGram Film and TV Licensing UK
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Warm, charming and pleasant
10 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film was surprisingly good, not my favourite romantic comedy in the world, and personally I think Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral are better. But it is a good film, thanks to the strong performances, fresh script and the film's look. While not laugh out loud funny, Notting Hill is nonetheless warm and charming. The script is fresh, sometimes funny, sometimes insightful. The part where Anna says "I am just a girl, standing in front of a boy, waiting for him to love her", may be cringe worthy to some people, but for me no matter how clichéd it is it shows a vulnerable side to Anna's character. The film is based on love revolved around unequal social standing, William being diffident and unsuccessful, Anna being the complete opposite. The photography is fabulous and the direction is excellent. Hugh Grant is charming as William and Julia Roberts is positively luminous as Anna, and the two have strong chemistry. Out of the supporting performers, Rhys Ifans stands out in a very zany turn as Spike. The music is lovely too. All in all, this is very warm, charming and pleasant, yeah the ending is predictable, but this is a well written and quite irresistible film. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox

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