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Notting Hill (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 May 1999 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anna Scott
... William Thacker
Richard McCabe ... Tony
... Spike
... Martin
... Rufus the Thief
Roger Frost ... Annoying Customer
... Ritz Concierge
... 'Time Out' Journalist
... Anna's Publicist
... PR Chief
... 'Helix' Lead Actor
Arturo Venegas ... Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez ... Interpreter
... 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?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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28 May 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coup de foudre à Notting Hill  »

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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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Trivia

Anthony Minghella was originally meant to direct. See more »

Goofs

When William and Anna leave the birthday party, they turn right, and William points that way when he suggests Anna come to his house. However, William turns left out of the house to go home after the "perfect girl" date and subsequently spending the night at Max and Bella's house. See more »

Quotes

Anna Scott: What do you think?
William: Gripping. It's not Jane Austen, it's not Henry James but it's gripping.
Anna Scott: You think I should do Henry James?
William: I think you'd be wonderful in Henry James but this writer - writers, they're pretty good too.
Anna Scott: You never get anyone in "Wings of a Dove" saying "Inform the Pentagon we need black star cover!"
William: And for me the book is the poorer for it.
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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 »

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Referenced in Modern Family: The Kiss (2010) See more »

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WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL
Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
Performed by Ronan Keating
Courtesy of Scarlet Moon Music, administered by BMG Music Publishing
By permission of Screen Gems - EMI Music Ltd
Courtesy of MCA Music Publishing
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd (UK)
Licensed from PolyGram Film and TV Licensing UK
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Sweet Film
7 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Notting Hill proves one thing -- jokes lie in the oddest places. This film is an excellent vehicle for Julia Roberts to put her own life as an actress under the microscope. While Roberts' "Anna Scott" character isn't an autobiographical figure, the Scott character allows for some biting satire at the life of Roberts herself. Need I mention some excellent one liners in the film like the sister of Hugh Grant... "I feel like we are sisters", an excellent throw-back to "My Best Friend's Wedding"... or my favourite, a discussion about nude body doubles just before a nude Julia Roberts (or a Julia Roberts body double) crosses the screen.

Apart from the small bit of satire, Grant's character plays on the emotions of every guy who has ever unexplainably fell in to, threw orange juice-on, lost out on, and fell back in to love. Roberts character can only help us understand how such a relationship as the one her and Grant share in the movie, could be "Surreal, but nice."

A sweet film surely not to be missed!


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