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Notting Hill -- The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

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Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julia Roberts ... Anna Scott

Hugh Grant ... William Thacker

Richard McCabe ... Tony

Rhys Ifans ... Spike

James Dreyfus ... Martin

Dylan Moran ... Rufus the Thief
Roger Frost ... Annoying Customer

Henry Goodman ... Ritz Concierge

Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 'Time Out' Journalist

Lorelei King ... Anna's Publicist

John Shrapnel ... PR Chief

Clarke Peters ... 'Helix' Lead Actor
Arturo Venegas ... Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez ... Interpreter

Mischa Barton ... 12-year-old Actress

Tim McInnerny ... Max

Gina McKee ... Bella

Emma Chambers ... Honey

Hugh Bonneville ... Bernie
Dorian Lough ... Loud Man in Restaurant

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Loud Man in Restaurant

Paul Chahidi ... Loud Man in Restaurant
Matthew Whittle ... Loud Man in Restaurant
Melissa Wilson ... Tessa
Emma Bernard ... Keziah

Emily Mortimer ... Perfect Girl

Tony Armatrading ... Security Man
September Buckley ... Third Assistant Director
Phillip Manikum ... Harry the Sound Man (as Philip Manikum)

Samuel West ... Anna's Co-star (as Sam West)
Dennis Matsuki ... Japanese Businessman
Patrick Barlow ... Savoy Concierge

Andy de la Tour ... Journalist
Maureen Hibbert ... Journalist
Rupert Procter ... Journalist (as Rupert Proctor)
David Sternberg ... Journalist
Ann Beach ... William's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sally Phillips ... Caroline (scenes deleted)

Alec Baldwin ... Jeff King (uncredited)
Andrew Blackall ... Journalist (uncredited)
Ian Boo Khoo ... Journalist (uncredited)

Simon Callow ... Himself in Film within Film (uncredited)
Kenneth W Caravan ... Film Crew (uncredited)
Matthew Christian ... Photographer (uncredited)

Joe Cornish ... Fan Receiving Anna's Autograph (uncredited)

Sean Cronin ... Walk On (uncredited)

Omid Djalili ... Cashier at Coffee Shop (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Journalist (uncredited)

Michael Higgs ... Man at Market (uncredited)
Jeremy Caleb Johnson ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Stuart D. Latham ... Market Stall Holder (uncredited)

Anthony Maddalena ... Entertainment Journalist (uncredited)

João Costa Menezes ... Journalist (uncredited)

Matthew Modine ... Movie-Within-Movie Actor (uncredited)

Taylor Murphy ... Journalist (uncredited)
Tim Packham ... Reporter (uncredited)
Moses Rockman ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

John Shearer ... Reporter (uncredited)

Vivienne Soan ... Bystander (uncredited)
Leigh Tapper ... Man in Market (uncredited)
Richard Woolfenden ... Press Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Michell 
 
Writing credits
Richard Curtis (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Richard Curtis .... executive producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Duncan Kenworthy .... producer
Mary Richards .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Coulter (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nick Moore 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Ackland-Snow 
David Allday 
John King (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Stephenie McMillan 
 
Costume Design by
Shuna Harwood 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup designer: Julia Roberts
David Fields .... hair stylist: Hugh Grant
Terry Jarvis .... wig maker and supplier
Mai Layton .... hair trainee
Mai Layton .... makeup trainee
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair designer: Julia Roberts
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Norma Webb .... hair stylist
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... hair stylist (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... makeup artist (as Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)
 
Production Management
Jane Frazer .... executive in charge of production
Deborah Harding .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Bellew .... second assistant director
Charlie Hayward .... ft2 trainee third assistant director
Ben Howarth .... co-second assistant director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Sue Wood .... assistant director (crowd scenes)
 
Art Department
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... carpenter
Mark Bailey .... stagehand
Geoff Ball .... supervising carpenter
Dave Baynham .... plasterer (as David Baynham)
Ashley Bell .... plasterer's laborer
Ernie Bell .... painter
Otis A. Bell .... chargehand plasterer's assistant (as Otis Bell)
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Doug Bishop .... assistant scenic artist
Tony Boxall .... plasterer
Paul Budd .... chargehand painter's laborer
Alastair Bullock .... junior draughtsman (as Al Bullock)
John Burn .... carpenter
Ray Campbell .... stand-by painter
Malcolm Carlo .... stagehand
Neil Clark .... supervising plasterer
Stan Cook .... prop storeman
Brian Cooper .... plasterer's laborer
Steven Corke .... carpenter
George Coussins .... supervising carpenter
Allan Croucher .... plasterer
Richard Denyer .... carpenter
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman
Keith Dyett .... supervising carpenter
Stephen Eels .... stand-by carpenter
Alan Gilmore .... draughtsman
Christine Greaves .... food stylist
Kavin Hall .... head of department painter
Richard Hall .... trainee painter
Robert Harper .... painter (as Bob Harper)
Paul J. Hayes .... carpenter (as Paul Hayes)
Bernie Hearn .... chargehand dressing propman
Chris Hedges .... stand-by stagehand (as Christopher Hedges)
Martin Hedinger .... painter
Robert Hill .... chargehand painter
Bill Howarth .... painter
Gary Ixer .... stand-by propman
Paul Jones .... supervising carpenter
Richard Lyon .... construction buyer
Miraphora Mina .... assistant set decorator
Peter Mounsey .... painter
Fred Myatt .... carpenter (as Freddie Myatt)
Terry Newvell .... chargehand stagehand
Ronald Nicholls .... wood machinist
Ray Norris .... carpenter
Gordon O'Reilly .... plasterer's laborer
David Packard .... assistant scenic artist
Ian Pape .... chargehand rigger
Ken Pattenden .... head of department carpenter
Brian Pegg .... plasterer
Keith Pitt .... carpenter
Brian Read .... production buyer
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
Ian Rolfe .... stand-by rigger
Fred Round .... carpenter (as Frederick Round)
Richard Rowlands .... chargehand wood machinist
Nick Russo .... carpenter (as Nicola Russo)
Andy Sandbach .... plasterer
Roy Seers .... plasterer
Len Serpant .... stagehand
Keith Shannon .... plasterer
Lee Shelley .... painter
Norman Simpson .... carpenter
David Skinner .... painter
Bryan Smith .... carpenter
Deborah Stokely .... production buyer
Don Taylor .... master plasterer
Daniel Thompson .... carpenter
Alan Tilley .... carpenter
David Trice .... carpenter
Anthony Turner .... plasterer
Alexandra Walker .... art department assistant
Bob Walker .... graphic artist (as Robert Walker)
Peter Wallace .... supervising rigger
Peter Wallis .... dressing propman
Peter Western .... supervising painter
Clive Wheeler .... stagehand
Alan White .... translights: Stilled Movie
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Ben Wilkinson .... stand-by propman
Jamie Wilkinson .... dressing propman
Simon Wilkinson .... chargehand stand-by props
David Williamson .... carpenter
Kenny Wilson .... supervising stagehand (as Ken Wilson)
Sydney Wilson .... dressing propman
Bill Pearson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sara-Jane Valentine .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Michele Waldfogel .... art department assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... dialogue editor
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Ed Colyer .... adr mixer
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer
Ian Fuller .... sound supervisor
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Michael Harris .... playback operator (as Mike Harris)
Dominic Lester .... re-recording mixer
John Lewis Aschenbrenner .... sound assistant (as John Lewis)
Derek Lomas .... effects editor
Ian Macbeth .... assistant sound editor
Charlie McFadden .... sound maintenance
Nigel Mills .... foley editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
Grahame Peters .... foley editor
David Stephenson .... sound recordist
Richard Street .... assistant re-recording mixer
David Tyler .... assistant adr mixer
David Tyler .... assistant foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor (uncredited)
Stephen Shelley .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Dansie .... optical supervisor
Paddy Eason .... digital visual effects designer: Framestore-CFC
Dan Glass .... digital visual effects designer: Framestore-CFC
Sharon Lark .... digital visual effects producer: Framestore-CFC
Alex Payman .... paint artist: Framestore-CFC
Pedro Sabrosa .... digital visual effects designer: Framestore-CFC
Fiona Walkinshaw .... digital visual effects producer: Framestore-CFC
Tim Webber .... visual effects supervisor
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
Matt Kasmir .... digital artist (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
Steve Tizzard .... scanning and recording operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunt coordinator
Joss Gower .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Annelie Whitfield .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Battersby .... clapper loader
Sam Bloor .... rigging electrician
Tony Cardenas .... rigger
Andy Challis .... rigger
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Kevin Edland .... electrician
Terry Edland .... gaffer
Mike Eley .... documentary camera operator
Mark 'Rocky' Evans .... rigging electrician (as Mark Evans)
Darren Gatrell .... electrician (as Darren Gattrell)
Joe Gormley .... camera trainee
Sue Harper .... video operator
Tony Hayes .... best boy
John Jordan .... focus puller
Paul Kemp .... electrician
Mark Laidlaw .... generator operator
Stefan Lange .... camera operator: translight and insert
Richard Law .... electrical rigger
Wayne Leach .... rigging gaffer
Colin Manning .... grip
John Marzano .... camera operator: Wescam camera (as John Murzano)
Eric Melville .... practical electrician
Stephen North .... assistant camera: Wescam (as Steve North)
Tom O'Sullivan .... rigging electrician
Paul Otter .... camera operator: 16 mm camera
Ricky Pattenden .... electrician
Chris Plevin .... additional camera operator
David Price .... rigger
Dave Ridout .... rigging electrician (as David Ridout)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Peter Robertson .... additional steadicam operator
Terry Townsend .... rigging electrician
Jason Coop .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Keith Manning .... grip (uncredited)
James O'Donnell .... photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jennifer Duffy .... casting assistant
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Ray Knight .... crowd casting: 2020 Casting Ltd.
Ronna Kress .... casting consultant: USA
David Rubin .... casting consultant: USA
Sue Wood .... extras casting
Debra Zane .... casting consultant: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Brady .... additional wardrobe assistant
Anthony Brookman .... additional wardrobe assistant
John Denison .... wardrobe assistant
Nigel Egerton .... additional wardrobe assistant
Kay Manasseh .... costume design assistant
Lester Mills .... additional wardrobe assistant
Jane Petrie .... wardrobe mistress
John Scott .... wardrobe supervisor
Claire Smith .... wardrobe assistant
Fran Vega-Buck .... set costumer: Julia Roberts (as Francisca Vega-Buck)
Natalie Ward .... additional wardrobe assistant
Allison Wyldeck .... additional wardrobe assistant (as Alison Wyldeck)
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Boucher .... assistant editor: lightworks
Lea Morement .... editor trainee
Clive Noakes .... color grader
Andrew Perrier .... second assistant editor
Liz Roe .... assistant editor: lightworks
Gabrielle Smith .... first assistant editor
Ben Yeates .... assistant editor: lightworks
Simon Astbury .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Michael Harm .... location unit manager: Working Title Films
Joseph Jayawardena .... location assistant: Working Title Films
Jeremy Johns .... location unit manager: Working Title Films
Sue Quinn .... location manager
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Nick Angel .... soundtrack coordinator
David Arch .... musician: piano (as Dave Arch)
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Clem Clempson .... music arranger: electric guitars
Clem Clempson .... musician: electric guitar
Gareth Cousins .... music mixer
Gareth Cousins .... music re-mixer: original songs
Gareth Cousins .... music recordist
Janice Graham .... orchestra leader: The London Symphony Orchestra
Trevor Jones .... musician: synthesizers
Trevor Jones .... orchestrator
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Marc Marot .... soundtrack coordinator
Craig Ogden .... musician: acoustic guitar
Simon Rhodes .... music mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator: CMMP
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (as Dawn Solér)
Liz Gallacher .... music consultant: Richard Curtis (uncredited)
Michael Higham .... music editor: temp (uncredited)
Kirsten Lane .... music licensing coordinator (uncredited)
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gerry Batson .... driver: facility truck
Mike Beaven .... unit driver (as Mike Beavan)
Mick Boddy .... driver: facility truck
Howard Doubtfire .... driver: facility truck
Mike Harris .... driver: facility truck
Scott Henley .... driver: facility truck
Charles Hughes .... driver: facility truck (as Chas Hughes)
Dave Jones .... driver: facility truck
Tommy Lee .... unit driver
Mike Moran .... driver: facility truck
Enyo Mortty .... unit driver
Peter Newson .... driver: facility truck
John Ott .... driver: facility truck
Neal Pierson .... driver: facility truck
Steve Pyke .... driver: facility truck (as Steve Pike)
Terry Reece .... unit driver
Albert Smith .... driver: facility truck
John Smith .... unit driver
Dennis Swan .... driver: facility truck
Rob Todd .... driver: facility truck
Billy Turner .... driver: facility truck (as Bill Turner)
 
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Tony Ambrose .... unit security
Brian Bailey .... post-production accountant: Working Title Films
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Ishmahil Blagrove .... unit security
Frank Bloom .... legal service
Jon R. Brown .... production runner (as Jon Brown)
Jane Burgess .... additional production assistant
Paul Caldicott .... caterer
Francesca Castellano .... assistant: Duncan Kenworthy
Nicolas Chaudeurge .... trainee: National Film and Television School
Belinda Curtis .... assistant: Richard Curtis
Wendy Dade .... assistant: Duncan Kenworthy
Karen Dola .... footage licensing
Juliette Dow .... assistant: Tim Bevan
John Fensom .... additional production assistant
David Field .... stand-in
Joan Field .... stand-in
Steve Fisher .... unit security
Simon Fraser .... production coordinator
Emma Freud .... script editor
Maree 'Digger' Glen .... caterer
Amelia Granger .... marketing coordinator: Working Title Films
Ray Gray .... unit security (as Ray Grey)
Debbie Hanney .... stand-in
Phil Hill .... additional production assistant
Nathan Holmes .... additional production assistant
Rachel Holroyd .... vice president of business affairs: Working Title Films
Viviane Horne .... stand-in
Emma Horton .... floor runner
Toby Hosking .... additional production assistant
Sophie Hutchins .... caterer
Lynette Jackson .... product placement consultant: IEM
Paul Jackson .... health and safety officer
Teresa Johnson .... construction nurse
Debbie Kaye .... horses and carriages
Nina Khoshaba .... company coordinator: Working Title Films
Mitch King .... unit security
Paul Kite .... stand-in
Young-Mi Lee .... trainee: National Film and Television School
Steve Lemaitre .... unit security
Dan Leon .... additional production assistant
Sarah McDougall .... assistant: Richard Curtis
Karen McLuskey .... production assistant
Angela Morrison .... senior vice president of business affairs: Working Title Films
Jason Moyce .... unit security
Cian O'Leary .... additional production assistant
Anthony Q. Palmer .... crew: EPK (as Anthony Palmer)
Rajeshree Patel .... assistant accountant: Working Title Films
Malcolm Perkins .... unit security
Steve Ricard .... stand-in
Fiona Richards .... additional production assistant
Sally Ann Ritchie .... assistant: Richard Curtis
Claire Robertson .... accounts trainee: Working Title Films
Sarah Robinson .... additional production assistant
Kellie Robson .... product placement consultant: IEM
Patric Scott .... unit publicist
Nick Simmonds .... additional production assistant
Jean Simmons .... accounts assistant: Working Title Films
Andrea Slater .... additional production assistant
Paul M. Sommers .... crew: EPK (as Paul Sommers)
John Sorapure .... crew: EPK
Geraldine Stephenson .... choreographer
Darren Stock .... unit security
Roy Stock .... unit security
Phil Stoole .... additional production assistant
Ricky Stupple .... unit security
Dathi Sveinbjarnarson .... additional production assistant
Lee Tailor .... additional production assistant (as Lee Taylor)
Michele Tandy .... financial controller
Lara Thompson .... assistant: Eric Fellner
Julian Tomlin .... director of finance: Working Title Films
Tracey Tucker .... additional production assistant
Jeannie Udall .... unit nurse (as Jeanie Udall)
Suzanne Weinert .... assistant: Julia Roberts
Betty Williams .... production accountant: Working Title Films
Dale Williams .... unit security
David Williams .... crew: EPK (as Dave Williams)
Tiane Wilson .... assistant: Roger Michell
Rebecca Wiseman .... caterer
Sara Woodhatch .... assistant: Hugh Grant
Çigdem Worthington .... legal assistant: Working Title Films
Katie Daily .... Assistant: Alec Baldwin (uncredited)
John Keedwell .... epk: camera (uncredited)
Nuala Quinn-Barton .... personal assistant/manager ms barton (uncredited)
Pu San Wong .... trainee script supervisor: FT2 (uncredited)
 
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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language
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The decision to cast Hugh Grant was unanimous, as he and Richard Curtis had a "writer/actor marriage made in heaven". Roger Michell said that "Hugh does Richard better than anyone else, and Richard writes Hugh better than anyone else", and that Grant is "one of the only actors who can speak Richard's lines perfectly".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In one scene in the bookstore, there are three copies of a guide to Germany on the table next to Hugh Grant. In one clip, there are three spines, in the next two of the books have been turned round.See more »
Quotes:
William:I live in Notting Hill. You live in Beverly Hills. Everyone in the world knows who you are, my mother has trouble remembering my name.
Anna Scott:I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
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105 out of 129 people found the following review useful.
Warm and Human British Comedy, 17 December 2004
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Notting Hill is a district of west London that was built as a fashionable Victorian suburb, became very run down during the mid twentieth century and is now once again fashionable, but which retains a distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere, with London's biggest street market and many small specialist shops. (My wife and I sometimes go there to shop for bargains). The hero of the film, William Thacker, is the owner of one of these shops, a travel bookshop. The film concerns the romance which develops between William and a young woman named Anna Scott whom he meets when she comes into his shop.

As another reviewer has pointed out, 'Notting Hill' is based around a theme, love between people of unequal social standing, which has provided literature with some of its greatest works, both comic and serious, dating back at least to the tale of King Cophetua and the beggar-maid. Although many of these stories tell of a poor but honest lad who aspires to the hand of a princess or titled lady, Anna is not part of the Royal Family or the British aristocracy. She rather belongs to an even more exclusive elite, the Hollywood starocracy. She is a hugely popular film star who earns at least $15,000,000 per film, and pops into William's shop during a brief stay in London to publicise her latest movie.

Although Anna is played by a real-life Hollywood superstar, Julia Roberts, the film is very typically British. William is similar to an number of other Hugh Grant characters, being a shy, diffident middle-class Englishman, probably public-school and university educated. (Despite this background, he is not particularly wealthy following a divorce from his first wife and is forced to share his lodgings with an eccentric Welsh flatmate, Spike). The humour of the film, particularly the dinner-party banter between William and his friends, is mostly of the typically ironic, self-deprecating variety popular in Britain, especially in middle-class circles. Rhys Ifans's Spike, by contrast, typifies another strand of British humour, the eccentric zaniness found in the likes of 'Monty Python'. Spike's strong provincial accent suggests a more working-class background; this possibly accounts for the teasing that he has to put up with from the other characters, although he takes it all in good part.

William may be diffident, self-deprecating and unsuccessful, but he is probably the stronger of the two main characters. Anna is beautiful and successful, but underneath it all she is insecure, worried about losing her fame and fortune and about her inability to form lasting relationships with men. Early on in the film she has another boyfriend, Jeff, but it is clear that he is only the latest in a long string of unsatisfactory romances which have left her emotionally (and in some cases physically) bruised. The scene where Anna says to William 'I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her' is the one where we see her at her most vulnerable. Although both characters are in their late twenties or thirties, it is noteworthy that Anna refers to 'girl and boy' rather than 'woman and man'. Anna's vulnerability also comes through in her reaction in the scene where hordes of paparazzi appear on William's doorstep; William tries to play down the incident, and Spike finds it hugely amusing, but Anna is horrified. (The film was made shortly after the death of Princess Diana; this scene possibly reflects British disgust with the antics of the paparazzi, who were regarded as being partly to blame for the Princess's death). Like others, I found myself wondering how much Anna's personality reflects Julia Roberts's own; she too has had a number of unhappy relationships.

Important roles are also played by Tim McInnerny and Gina McKee as William's best friend Max and his disabled wife Bella; the love of this ordinary couple for each other provides a more realistic, down-to-earth counterpart to the fairy-tale romance of William and Anna, helping to anchor the film more firmly in reality. The main charm, however, lies in the relationship of the two main characters, as Anna comes to realise that the seemingly ordinary William has a kindness and decency which count for more than the monstrous egos of Jeff and his like. Like 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', which was also written by Richard Curtis and starred Hugh Grant, 'Notting Hill' is one of the warmest and most human British films of the nineties. 7/10

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