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The Very Thought of You (1998)

Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 8 May 1998 (UK)
The lives of three life-long friends are thrown into chaos by the arrival of Martha, a beautiful young American woman who arrives in London looking to find herself. Joseph Fiennes and ... See full summary »

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Nick Hamm

Writer:

Peter Morgan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Potter ... Martha
Rufus Sewell ... Frank
Tom Hollander ... Daniel
Joseph Fiennes ... Laurence
Ray Winstone ... Pedersen
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... First Class Passenger
Jan Pearson Jan Pearson ... Daniel's Senior Partner
Steven O'Donnell ... Male Information Official
Rebecca Craig Rebecca Craig ... Gillian - Female Information Official
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ... Black's Hotel Room Service
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Travel Agent
Hamish Clark ... Icelandair Official
Lorelei King ... US Ground Stewardess
Steve Speirs ... Taxi Driver
Rob Brydon ... Bus Driver (as Robert Brydon)
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Storyline

The lives of three life-long friends are thrown into chaos by the arrival of Martha, a beautiful young American woman who arrives in London looking to find herself. Joseph Fiennes and Monica Potter star in this hilarious and touching romantic comedy.

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Taglines:

Two's Company. Three's a Crowd. Four's a Disaster.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Very Thought of You See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£335,463 (United Kingdom), 10 May 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,692, 29 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,176, 12 September 1999
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Banshee,Channel Four Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rufus Sewell would improvise a lot on set. See more »

Goofs

When Martha and Daniel meet at the curb outside the airport, there is an extra carrying a large gray bag. He is walking away, going to Daniel's right. When Martha and Daniel begin talking the same extra (minus the bag) is walking away from Martha, going the opposite direction he was before. The camera cuts to Daniel and then back to Martha and the extra has disappeared completely. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: And one of the rooms they called it the library and they filled it full of books. Thousands of books on every subject and they're all second-hand. You know why?
Martha: It was cheaper?
Daniel: No. It's so it looks like they've been read.
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Alternate Versions

US version was edited by Miramax (removing all profanity) to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

Soundtracks

Fall in love with me
Words and Music by Angelo Badalamenti and Tim Booth
Performed by Booth and the Bad Angel
Used with kind permission by Blue Mountain music and Anion music
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Cute and adorable!
10 June 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

I will agree that this film was predictable in some ways, but had a few strategically placed plot twists that made up for it. Monica Potter is beautiful, funny and charming as the object of three lifelong friends' affection. I liked Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare In Love but he's absolutely wonderful here. I didn't think he and Gwyneth Paltrow shared much chemistry in Shakespeare but here he has a warm and special chemistry with Ms. Potter. It really looks like they are in love, and I love the way when he repeated his ideal of the perfect woman, they filled in the gaps.

This is an underrated but enjoyable romance, along the lines of Sliding Doors.


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