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Love Actually (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  14 November 2003 (USA)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.



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Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack's Christmas themed comeback cover of "Love Is All Around" which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe's chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel's wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter's best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won't say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France ... Written by Huggo

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The ultimate romantic comedy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Actually Is All Around  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,886,080 (USA) (7 November 2003)


$5,010,288 (Japan) (5 March 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Curtis:  [Bernard]  When Curtis was in college, his girlfriend left him for a man named Bernard. In each of his screenplays, there is a fairly unpopular character named Bernard. In this case, the character is Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's "horrid son". See more »


When David visits Natalie's house her hair changes between the wide shots and the close shots of her on the stairs. In the both shots her hair is in front of her left shoulder but some pieces are in front of her right shoulder in the close shots that are not there in the wide shots. See more »


Billy Mack: When I was young and successful, I was greedy and foolish, and now I'm left with no one. Wrinkled and alone.
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Crazy Credits

Jeannie, American Angel - January Jones See more »


Referenced in Privileged: All About Love, Actually (2008) See more »


Christmas Is All Around
By Reg Presley (as Presley)
Performed by Bill Nighy
Courtesy of Universal Pictures Music
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User Reviews

A film for those who can cope with more than just one story line.
25 October 2004 | by (Somerset, England.) – See all my reviews

This was a most intriguing film. There are of course other reviews of it here, but the one common theme that seems to exist in all reviews is the simple fact that you can never please all the people all of the time.

For myself I loved the film and the way that all the stories were intertwined. You could spend ages just trying to work out where the various connections between the story lines actually were.

But there were two very special moments for me in this film. One was where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) finally told Juliet(Keira Knightley ) how he REALLY felt about her, through the medium of the messages on the cards, (surely many of us have experienced that sort of unrequited love), the other was the brilliant brief speech given by the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) to the press conference at which the American President was present. (Both of these appear as quotes elsewhere on this site.) I felt that it was a very brave move on the part of the writer (Richard Curtis) to allow the Prime Minister in the film to state what so many ordinary British people are feeling about America and its politics right now.

I also feel that we, the British, are finally beginning to move away from under the Hollywood shadow, and are starting once again to produce some really excellent films of our own. And for me, this film just underlines this fact. May this trend continue.

Claire Rosemary Jane.

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