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Director:
Writer:
Richard Curtis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 June 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Profundly Deep Message Told in a Nuanced Way See more (117 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)

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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Goofs:
Plot holes: When Lawrence arranges with Gina to meet for lunch, he picks a date that he is free, suggests a restaurant, and they agree. But they do not choose a time to meet.See more »
Quotes:
Prime Minister:[making a toast on the eve of the G8 summit] Let me start with the big thing. Five years' ago the world made a series of the most magnificent promises and we have determined to use this conference seriously to indent the most extreme curses of poverty in the world today. We shall not let them out of our sights even if we may not yet have the power to fullfil them all.
Gina:[quietly] That's not true. That's not true.
Prime Minister:[chortling] I'm sorry madam, but heckling isn't really a tradition at these gatherings.
Gina:What are the traditions, then? Well crafted compromise and just sort of ignoring the poor?
Prime Minister:Perhaps we talk about this later?
Gina:I doubt it. I imagine I'll be thrown out later so it's probably got to be now. I don't know how much the rest of you ladies know about what's going on but my friend here tells me that while we are eating a hundred million children are nearly starving. There's just millions of kids who'd kill for the amount of food that fat old me left on the side of my plate, children who are then so weak they'll die if a mosquito bites them. And so they do die. One every three seconds.
[snaps fingers]
Gina:There they go.
[pauses, snap fingers again]
Gina:And another one. Anyone who has kids knows that every mother and father in Africa must love their children as much as they do, and to watch your kids die, to watch them die and then to die yourself in trying to protect them, that's not right. And tomorrow eight of the men sitting 'round this table actually have the ability to sort this out by making a few great decisions...
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45 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Profundly Deep Message Told in a Nuanced Way, 28 June 2005
Author: Gary Murphy (glm@hilbertinc.com) from Olathe, KS, USA

This movie is all about plot and character development. The two principal characters have a lot of depth. We learn more personal information about them and what motivates them as the story unfolds. The main male character was profoundly lonely and the enigmatic young woman was quite fascinating. The plot has a very compelling message about severe poverty and the toll it takes on some of the world's population.

This film resonated with me. I am still naive enough, at 45 years of age, to think that people or a person can make a difference. In spite of the daily realities we all face, I think it is important for people to at least feel that what they do matters. This movie sold that message in a way that had no hint of being superficial or patronizing.

The only criticism of the movie is the pace. It is a slow pace, but I found the plot interesting enough that it didn't detract. I am interested in global politics, and I found that part of the movie interesting in spite of the pace. My wife was bored with the pace and doesn't share my enthusiasm for the movie.

If you are interested in global politics and like movies with a strong character focus, this is a good one. If you need an energetic pace to your film, this movie suffers a bit.

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