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Notting Hill (1999)

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The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

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Roger Michell

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Anna Scott
Hugh Grant ... William Thacker
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Tony
Rhys Ifans ... Spike
James Dreyfus ... Martin
Dylan Moran ... Rufus the Thief
Roger Frost Roger Frost ... Annoying Customer
Henry Goodman ... Ritz Concierge
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 'Time Out' Journalist
Lorelei King ... Anna's Publicist
John Shrapnel ... PR Chief
Clarke Peters ... 'Helix' Lead Actor
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas ... Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... Interpreter
Mischa Barton ... 12-year-old Actress
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Storyline

Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can't believe it himself, William runs into her again - this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world's most wanted woman is not easy - neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Taglines:

Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup de foudre à Notting Hill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£152,532 (United Kingdom), 23 May 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,689,760, 30 May 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$116,089,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$363,889,678
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a strange coincidence, William says "Meat Loaf has a very nice pair" when talking about why men are fascinated with breasts. This was actually before Fight Club (1999), which was released four months after Notting Hill and in which Meat Loaf's "very nice pair" features prominently (although to be fair, they were part of his role's fat suit). See more »

Goofs

Will has just spilled orange juice all over Anna's shirt and is telling her that she could go change at his house. The left side of his face is fully bathed in sunlight in shots from the front and is in the shadows in shots from behind. See more »

Quotes

Honey: Oh God, this is one of those key moments in life, when it's possible you can be really, genuinely cool - and I'm failing 100%. I absolutely and totally and utterly adore you and I think you're the most beautiful woman in the world and more importantly I genuinely believe and have believed for some time now that we can be best friends. What do YOU think?
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Crazy Credits

The coloured dots and symbols pop up in time with the music (And when the word 'heart' is sung, a litte red heart appears) See more »

Alternate Versions

In his commentary on the DVD, director Roger Michell indicates that the song "She" is sung in "some territories" by Charles Aznavour, but it was thought that a French vocalist singing "in an English film about an American star" might be too confusing so they brought in Elvis Costello to do a cover version. The version shown in Thailand (and some other countries), and on the DVD issued there has Aznavour singing the song under the head credits. Elvis Costello's cover is used in the last sequence of the film, just like in the American and British releases. In addition, the Thai version finishes with "FROM THE HEART" (Performed By Another Level Written by Diane Warren) instead of "NO MATTER WHAT" by Boyzone. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #22.2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

BLUE MOON
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Used by permission of EMI United Partnership Ltd
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Very Fine Romantic Comedy
26 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

Not usually impressed with Romantic Comedies, i found this one strangely compelling. It really was a nice movie, littered with great characters, especially Spike played by Rhys Ifans (Hilarious).

The story demonstrates to the extreme that love can occur between the most unlikely of people, and the humorous portrayal of this, is both touching and realistic. And i mean realistically created, not necessarily true realism.

Worthy of your attention, this well written romantic comedy is a must for fans of the genre and is a good gamble if your not.

8/10


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