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Richard Curtis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 June 2005 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Love can't change what's wrong in the world. But it's a start.
Plot:
Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence's professional obligations. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Love is in the air See more (116 total) »

Cast

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Bill Nighy ... Lawrence

Kelly Macdonald ... Gina
Meneka Das ... Sunita

Anton Lesser ... George
Paul Ritter ... Robert

Ken Stott ... Chancellor

Federico Zanni ... Italian Waiter

Penny Downie ... Ruth
Damon Younger ... Hotel Receptionist
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ... Assistant Receptionist

Marit Velle Kile ... Waitress (as Marit Kile)
Philippe De Grossouvre ... French Delegate
Louisa Bojesen ... CNBC Newscaster

Christian Rubeck ... German Senior Advisor (as Christian Pedersen)
Toshie Ogura ... Japanese Delegate

Martin McDougall ... American Senior Advisor

Corin Redgrave ... Prime Minister
Wolf Kahler ... Herr Gerhardt
Madeleine Potter ... Secretary of the Treasury
Alysha Westlake ... G8 Delegate
Simon Wilson ... Journalist
Fran Purcell ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Max Bollinger ... G8 reporter (uncredited)

Darri Ingolfsson ... Icelandic waiter (uncredited)
Peter Rnic ... Russian Finance Minister (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Yates 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Curtis  screenplay

Produced by
Paul Abbott .... executive producer: Tightrope Pictures
Hilary Bevan Jones .... producer
Richard Curtis .... executive producer
Julie Gardner .... executive producer: BBC
Chris Thompson .... line producer
Robert Velo .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Seager (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Day 
 
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
 
Production Design by
Candida Otton 
 
Art Direction by
Andrea Coathupe 
 
Costume Design by
Jacky Levy 
 
Makeup Department
Faye De Bremaeker .... makeup supervisor (as Fay de Bremaeker)
Anne Oldham .... hair designer (as Anne 'Nosh' Oldham)
Anne Oldham .... makeup designer (as Anne 'Nosh' Oldham)
 
Production Management
Ted Ladlow .... unit manager
Heidi Mount .... post-production supervisor
Petur Sigurdsson .... production manager: Iceland
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Chapman .... third assistant director
Paul Frift .... first assistant director
Adam Jenkins .... crowd third assistant director
Paula Turnbull .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sigurbjörn Búi Baldvinsson .... art department production assistant
Kevin Biggs .... painter
Nick Bowen .... painter
David Broadfoot .... stand-by rigger (as Dave Broadfoot)
Ulrika Celsing .... art department assistant
Chris Cull .... property master
Steve DeJulius .... stagehand
Gill Farr .... production buyer
Stuart Haste .... dressing props
Ben Johnson .... dressing prop daily
Victoria Layson .... graphics
Rob MacPherson .... stand-by props
Adrian Platt .... dressing props
Jason Reilly .... construction manager
Lee Reilly .... stand-by carpenter
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Sarah Stuart .... stand-by art director
Bradley Wilcox .... stagehand
Frazer Williamson .... carpenter
Mark Williamson .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Pat Boxshall .... dialogue editor
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer
Jeremy Lishman .... boom operator
Jamie McPhee .... sound effects editor
Simon Okin .... sound mixer
Adrienne Taylor .... sound assistant
Joanne Dunphy .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Davis III .... special effects senior technician
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Paul Beard .... visual effects line producer
Tamsin Edwards .... visual effects producer
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Isaac Layish .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Anthony .... best boy
Joss Barratt .... still photographer
Ray Bateman .... electrician
Jon Beacham .... focus puller
David Broadfoot .... stand-by rigger (as Dave Broadfoot)
Dick Conway .... electrician
Arnar Einarsson .... local grip
Steve Ellingworth .... camera grip
Jess Foster .... rigger
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Stuart King .... gaffer
Joseph Mastrangelo .... assistant camera
Tom McFarling .... clapper loader
Gary Parnham .... electrician
Ingvar Stefánsson .... electrician
Paul Worley .... second grip
Elli Cassata .... director of photography: second unit, Iceland (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Howell .... assistant costume designer
Pookie Russell .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Emily Grant .... assistant editor
Ulrike Münch .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
David Blank .... assistant accountant
Victoria Brooks .... publicist: pictures
Adam Browne .... location manager
Kate Cobbold .... production accountant
Joey Coughlin .... floor runner
Tim Elliott .... floor runner
Racquel Findlay .... production secretary
Alice Freedman .... production runner
Emma Freud .... script editor
Deborah Goodman .... unit publicist
Ása Björg Ingimarsdóttir .... production assistant
Llinos Wyn Jones .... continuity
Claire Kerrison .... production coordinator
Dan McCulloch .... production runner
Catriona McKenzie .... development executive
Julie Scott .... production executive: BBC
Elín Sigurðardóttir .... runner/assistant
 

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94 min
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Factual errors: G8 Summits are only held in the G8 nations - Canada, the US, Japan, Russia, Germany, Italy, France and Britain. A summit would not be meeting in Iceland.See more »
Quotes:
Chancellor of the Exchequer:Ladies and gentlemen, we're handing around new proposals. And remember, even if the Prime Minister and I are alone on this, we are not alone. Behind us stand the 30,000 children who will die of extreme poverty each day and we are proud to be their representatives...See more »
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75 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Love is in the air, 26 June 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Lawrence, an aide to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, appears to be a confirmed bachelor. This is a man that lives for his job that evidently keeps him away from the realities of life. Lawrence gets more than what he bargains for when he enters the cafe, at the beginning of the film, and asks Gina, who is minding her business, whether he can share her table to drink his tea.

Thus begins this romantic comedy with political overtones directed with great flair by David Yates and based on a screen play by Richard Curtis, a writer who knows a thing, or two, about human relations, as demonstrated by his previous work.

Lawrence and Gina, for all appearances are a mismatched pair. He comes from a different world, but has no social graces. She, on the other hand, seems to know a lot more about life than he does. It's easy to see why Lawrence falls head over heels in love with this shy and decent girl who surprises him, and the diplomatic team attending the G8 conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. Lawrence, on an impulse, decides to invite her to come along.

The only thing that Mr. Yates and Mr. Curtis haven't prepared us is for the way Gina, a shy and quiet woman, will raise to the occasion to tell her views to people that couldn't care less, much less would have asked her for her opinion of what's being negotiated in the summit.

Bill Nighy gives a splendid performance as the repressed and reserved Lawrence, a man who can't see beyond of the international diplomacy that consumes his life. Kelly MacDonald makes a wonderful and sweet Gina, a poor girl who has a lot to give. Both actors are wonderful playing together. They made us believe in their love and we are happy they found one another.

Highly recommended for viewers that appreciate a subtle comedy with its heart in the right place.

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