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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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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 »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Richard Curtis, Anna Scott was a hybrid of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. See more »

Goofs

For some time during the interview Anna's collar is above the lapel although she sits quite still. See more »

Quotes

Anna Scott: Signed by the author, I see.
William: Yes, we couldn't stop him. If you can find an unsigned copy. It's worth an absolute fortune.
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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

Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 26 November 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing Ltd/Keith Prowse Music
Publishing Ltd
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An enchanting, lovely, and humorously lively viewing experience.
4 March 2000 | by davesnoufferSee all my reviews

Visually lovely, "Notting Hill" becomes an enchanting fairy tale.....a magical and endearing love story, from the opening credits to an afternoon of quiet sharing in a London park. Being a romantic at heart, I was emotionally drawn to this well produced and entertaining motion picture, enticing me to view it a number of times more.

Some friends have indicated that the "plot" is boring and in 2 hours and 4 minutes takes too long to come to an expected conclusion. But the lyrical chemistry between William Thacker (Hugh Grant) and Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) give intimate glimpses into the human heart and spirit. As in Mary Poppins when Burt jumps into the chalk sidewalk drawing, I longed to join this tapestry of two people falling in love, among caring friends and relatives. To longingly look into Anna's eyes and to see a reflection of your very own soul of hope and humanity may seem less than exciting to some people.....too involved in their fast paced, action world and who fail to see the beauty of life around them....to smell the roses.

Watching the inflections of Julia Robert's face became a mesmerizing cinema experience. And Hugh Grant's thoughtful and honest, yet quirky presence gave hope to what could be possible. Then wrap all this with a humorous, loving and insightful group of friends and family......WOW!

After watching "Notting Hill" with my wife and giving her a big hug, I saw that she was just a girl, standing in front of a boy, wanting to be loved!

What greater joy of meaning can be given by a film?

"Teach me the Magic of Wonder, Give me the Spirit to Fly" - John Denver


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