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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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Yolanda Vazquez ...
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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 <>

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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)


SEK 62,089,941 (Sweden) (31 December 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite Thacker's protestations, it seems that his store does *not* just sell travel books. On the shelf in the background (visible clearly in a later scene where he is receiving the gift from Anna), there is a copy of Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels by Roger Sabin. (It's a big orange hardcover.) See more »


In the opening montage of Anna (before William and Anna meet), the shot of her getting out of the limousine is from the scene at the end, when William is actually with her. See more »


Bernie: But she said she wanted to go out with you?
William: Yes - sort of...
Bernie: That's nice.
William: What?
Bernie: Well, you know, anybody saying they want to go out with you is... pretty great... isn't it...?
William: It was sort of sweet actually - I mean, I know she's an actress and all that, so she can deliver a line - but she said that she might be as famous as can be - but also... that she was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
William: Oh, sod a dog. I've made the wrong decision, haven't I?
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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 »


References Black Beauty (1994) See more »


Everything About You
Written by Steve Poltz
Performed by Steve Poltz
Arranged, orchestrated and conducted by David Campbell
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Sweet Film
7 August 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Notting Hill proves one thing -- jokes lie in the oddest places. This film is an excellent vehicle for Julia Roberts to put her own life as an actress under the microscope. While Roberts' "Anna Scott" character isn't an autobiographical figure, the Scott character allows for some biting satire at the life of Roberts herself. Need I mention some excellent one liners in the film like the sister of Hugh Grant... "I feel like we are sisters", an excellent throw-back to "My Best Friend's Wedding"... or my favourite, a discussion about nude body doubles just before a nude Julia Roberts (or a Julia Roberts body double) crosses the screen.

Apart from the small bit of satire, Grant's character plays on the emotions of every guy who has ever unexplainably fell in to, threw orange juice-on, lost out on, and fell back in to love. Roberts character can only help us understand how such a relationship as the one her and Grant share in the movie, could be "Surreal, but nice."

A sweet film surely not to be missed!

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