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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

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Mike Newell

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Charles - Wedding One
James Fleet ... Tom - Wedding One
Simon Callow ... Gareth - Wedding One
John Hannah ... Matthew - Wedding One
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Fiona - Wedding One
David Bower David Bower ... David - Wedding One
Charlotte Coleman ... Scarlett - Wedding One
Andie MacDowell ... Carrie - Wedding One (as Andie Macdowell)
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ... Angus the Groom - Wedding One
Sara Crowe ... Laura the Bride - Wedding One
Ronald Herdman Ronald Herdman ... Vicar - Wedding One
Elspet Gray ... Laura's Mother - Wedding One
Philip Voss ... Laura's Father - Wedding One
Rupert Vansittart ... George the Boor at The Boatman - Wedding One
Nicola Walker ... Frightful Folk Duo - Wedding One
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Storyline

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

love is on the air, run for cover See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK

Release Date:

15 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro bodas y un funeral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$52,700,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,700,832
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Gareth is jokingly convincing an American wedding guest that he knows Oscar Wilde, who died in 1900. See more »

Goofs

At the second wedding, Angus and Laura, the couple married in the first wedding, are nowhere to be seen and their absence is not explained. Given that the bride at the second wedding (Lydia) was a bridesmaid at their wedding, it would be reasonable to expect to see them in attendance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles: [wakes up and looks at his bedside clock] Oh... *fuck*! Fuck!
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Crazy Credits

Kristin Scott Thomas, who played the hapless Fiona, never noticed by Hugh Grant, does better in the end credits where she is shown in faked photos marrying Prince Charles. See more »

Alternate Versions

Charles curses heavily each time he is late for a wedding. In the italian TV version he uses milder words for the first wedding, and switches to harsh language for the others. See more »

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Featured in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

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The Dashing White Sergeant
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Arranged and Performed by Bill Black
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Quirky Characters Shine in Touching, Funny, Romantic Comedy
27 March 2006 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

The lead character in this film, Charles, says at one point that, while his friends were busily obsessed with marriage, two members of their group were, for all intents and purposes, married to each other. In those days before Britain had a civil partnership law, he was referring to Gareth and Matthew, played by Simon Callow and John Hannah. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was among the first major films to feature a gay couple without any comment, moralizing, or stereotyping. Considering all of the absurd controversy generated by "Brokeback Mountain," this English comedy may be considered subversive in some quarters, because it portrays the union between the two men to be as loving and enduring as any between the men and a women in the same film. The two gay men are among a circle of idiosyncratic friends that orbit around Charles, who suffers from relationship avoidance. Played engagingly by Hugh Grant, Charles attends the weddings of others, but manages to avoid any commitment of his own. One of the film's funniest scenes involves Charles at a wedding reception where he has been seated at a table with several of his ex-girlfriends. With that one scene, screenwriter Richard Curtis wittily fleshes out Charles's character as each woman remarks on her past experience. The episodic comedy is broken down literally into the five events of the title, and the core characters attend these events as spectators who each hope for a wedding of their own. Many of the lines and situations are extremely funny. Rowan Atkinson steals his brief time as a novice preacher who blesses a couple "in the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy goat." Although Hugh Grant plays Charles as, well, Hugh Grant, several other actors create some fine comic turns. The ravishing Kristin Scott Thomas is touching as the lonely Fiona, and her timing is impeccable when she recovers from an indelicate question with a snappy comeback. Of course, why anyone as beautiful as Kristin Scott Thomas should be unwillingly single is a minor casting flaw in the film. Unfortunately, Andie MacDowell plays the American, Carrie, and, although she looks great in a hat, she fails to generate the necessary charisma to convincingly be Charles's object of desire. However, the low wattage generated by the two leads does little to dampen the hilarity or the pathos of this excellent film. While, at nearly two hours, the movie is long for a comedy, the structure and quirky characters easily sustain interest throughout. With "Four Weddings and a Funeral," director Mike Newell has made one of the best romantic comedies, and the film holds up to repeated viewings.


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