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The Decoy Bride (2011)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  9 March 2012 (UK)
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When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Bage ...
Hotel Doorman
Hannah Bourne ...
Maureen Beattie ...
Iseabail Nic Aoidh
Muriel Barker ...
Mrs. Grainie
Jeannie Fisher ...
Sally Howitt ...


Famous actress Lara Tyler can't get married to author James Arber without intrusive paparazzi crashing the ceremony. Because of James's best-seller, Lara's agent, Steve, checks out the little known Hegg Island in Scotland as the site for their next attempted wedding. Unfortunately, James is a hack, and his book (supposedly based on Hegg) relays little of it accurately. Katie, an island native and the only unmarried woman on it, has been unlucky in love. She's working on writing her own guide to Hegg Island when Steve and crew arrive, eventually hiring her as a reluctant decoy bride to distract the paparazzi. In a mix-up, she and James end up married to each other while Lara, having spotted the press, goes into hiding. Katie and James now have to get an island divorce while avoiding the press while other parties seek out Lara (who has disguised herself as one of the elderly islanders). Written by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for some rude content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Noiva Isca  »

Box Office


£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$542 (USA) (9 March 2012)


$542 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dumfries and Galloways long abandoned Caerlaverock Castle With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements is the setting of the wedding in the film. CGI was used to create a messy outlook of the castle which is then cleaned up again via CGI. See more »


As Katie undresses, she removes her stockings. After getting help unbuttoning the dress, she is wearing the stockings again. See more »


Katie Nic Aoidh: How do you know when you've met *the one*?
James Arber: Whenever you look at them, you find yourself singing "Wind Beneath My Wings".
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »


Hide you far away
Written by William Nott, Paul Herman, and Ashton Millard
Performed by William Nott
Published by Copyright Control
Courtesy of Bingo Sarge Productions
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Pleasant, lively little gem
29 October 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

One of the most papp'd film actresses in the world has another try at a private and personal wedding day by holding it in secret, on the remote Scottish island of Hegg. That's how this genuinely pleasurable and nicely balanced comedy begins.

The story is lively and funny without ever becoming daft or, the traditional worse mistake, 'madcap'. It twists, turns and sails through to the end without the standard or predictable rom-com notes chiming in. Kelly McDonald is brilliant balanced and David Tennant and Alice Eve steer nicely through superb without ever getting excessive. A well-written comedy done well - well worth the time.

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