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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:
Rufus the Thief
Roger Frost ...
Annoying Customer
Ritz Concierge
'Time Out' Journalist
'Helix' Lead Actor
Arturo Venegas ...
Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez ...


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 (United Kingdom), 23 May 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,689,760, 30 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Roger Michell and writer Richard Curtis both said Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts were the first choices for the roles of William Thacker and Anna Scott. See more »


When Will leaves after the interview his formerly brown jacket is grey and his hair is differently combed. See more »


William: [to Martin] If I were to employ a wet rag would I have to pay it as much as I pay you?
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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 »


Referenced in Modern Family: The Kiss (2010) See more »


Written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Elvis Costello
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Very Fine Romantic Comedy
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Not usually impressed with Romantic Comedies, i found this one strangely compelling. It really was a nice movie, littered with great characters, especially Spike played by Rhys Ifans (Hilarious).

The story demonstrates to the extreme that love can occur between the most unlikely of people, and the humorous portrayal of this, is both touching and realistic. And i mean realistically created, not necessarily true realism.

Worthy of your attention, this well written romantic comedy is a must for fans of the genre and is a good gamble if your not.


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