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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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is a chain on the outside of Spike's door, so he could conceivably be locked in rather than having it set to lock anyone out. See more »


When William leaves Hampstead Heath after overhearing Anna talking to the other actor on set, he is wearing a dark blue shirt and has no jacket. The next shot has him entering the book shop with a light blue shirt and a jacket slung over his shoulder. (The next scene, which is set the next day, has him wearing the pink shirt for the remainder of the film.) See more »


Anna Scott: Rita Hayworth used to say, "They go to bed with Gilda; they wake up with me."
William: Who's Gilda?
Anna Scott: Her most famous part. Men went to bed with the dream; they didn't like it when they would wake up with the reality. Do you feel that way?
William: You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been.
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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 The Boondocks: The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show (2008) See more »


Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd/Keith Prowse Music
Publishing Ltd
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An enchanting, lovely, and humorously lively viewing experience.
4 March 2000 | by (Toledo, OH) – See all my reviews

Visually lovely, "Notting Hill" becomes an enchanting fairy tale.....a magical and endearing love story, from the opening credits to an afternoon of quiet sharing in a London park. Being a romantic at heart, I was emotionally drawn to this well produced and entertaining motion picture, enticing me to view it a number of times more.

Some friends have indicated that the "plot" is boring and in 2 hours and 4 minutes takes too long to come to an expected conclusion. But the lyrical chemistry between William Thacker (Hugh Grant) and Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) give intimate glimpses into the human heart and spirit. As in Mary Poppins when Burt jumps into the chalk sidewalk drawing, I longed to join this tapestry of two people falling in love, among caring friends and relatives. To longingly look into Anna's eyes and to see a reflection of your very own soul of hope and humanity may seem less than exciting to some people.....too involved in their fast paced, action world and who fail to see the beauty of life around them....to smell the roses.

Watching the inflections of Julia Robert's face became a mesmerizing cinema experience. And Hugh Grant's thoughtful and honest, yet quirky presence gave hope to what could be possible. Then wrap all this with a humorous, loving and insightful group of friends and family......WOW!

After watching "Notting Hill" with my wife and giving her a big hug, I saw that she was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, wanting to be loved!

What greater joy of meaning can be given by a film?

"Teach me the Magic of Wonder, Give me the Spirit to Fly"

  • John Denver

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