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A thirtysomething bank clerk from St Albans has his small-town life exploded by the arrival of his Russian mail-order bride.

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Sophia, alias Nadia
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John
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Alexei
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Yuri
Kate Lynn Evans ...
Clare (as Kate Evans)
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Bank Manager
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Robert Moseley (as Xander Armstrong)
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Karen
Jo McInnes ...
Waitress
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Concierge
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D.I. O'Fetiger
Katya Barton-Chapple ...
Young Sophia
Rebecca Clarke ...
Bank Colleague
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Porter
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Bank Colleague
David Mark ...
Bank Colleague
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Duty Sergeant
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Bank Colleague
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Porter
Alan Stocks ...
Passport Official
J.J. Toba ...
Policeman
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Airport Security Gaurd (uncredited)
David Jobling ...
Airport (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jez Butterworth

Written by

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Tom Butterworth ... (written by) &
Jez Butterworth ... (written by)

Produced by

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Eric Abraham ... producer
Steve Butterworth ... producer
Julie Goldstein ... executive producer
Donna Grey ... line producer
Colin Leventhal ... executive producer
Diana Phillips ... producer
Sydney Pollack ... executive producer
Vicki Popplewell ... line producer
Rick Schwartz ... executive producer
Paul Webster ... executive producer

Music by

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Stephen Warbeck

Cinematography by

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Oliver Stapleton

Film Editing by

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Christopher Tellefsen

Editorial Department

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Ruth Coulson ... assistant editor
Paul Elman ... assistant film editor
Mike Fraser ... negative cutter
Matt Garner ... post-production executive: Miramax
Jo Harland ... film conforming assistant
Tom Harrison-Read ... editor trainee
John Heath ... color timer
Adam Hughes ... assistant editor: Australia
Gavin McCarron ... negative cutter
Darren O'Grady ... first assistant editor
Mark Sale ... assistant conforming editor
Claire Saunders ... assistant editor
Louise Seymour ... assistant post-production supervisor
Tim Wellburn ... assembly editor: Australia

Casting By

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Jina Jay

Production Design by

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Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski

Art Direction by

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Rebecca Holmes
Diann Wajon

Set Decoration by

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Verity Roberts
Linda Wilson

Costume Design by

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Phoebe De Gaye ... (as Phoebe de Gaye)

Makeup Department

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Robbie Austin ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Adele Durno ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Ashley Johnson ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Carro Knott ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Deborah Lester ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Chris Lyons ... special effects teeth
Vivien Mepham ... key makeup artist
Trish Newton ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Peter Owen ... wig maker
Simone Wajon ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia
Noriko Watanabe ... personal hair stylist: Nicole Kidman / personal makeup artist: Nicole Kidman
Erica Wells ... hair stylist
Paul Williams ... hair stand-by: Australia / makeup stand-by: Australia

Production Management

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Stephen Barker ... post-production supervisor
Jo Beckett ... unit manager
Bernard Bellew ... production manager
Caroline Bonham ... production manager
Brad Roberts ... unit manager: Australia
Selwyn Roberts ... production supervisor: additional photography

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sallie Hard ... second assistant director: reshoots (as Sallie Anne Hard)
Simon Hinkly ... assistant director
Tanya Jackson ... additional third assistant director: Australia (as Tanya Jackson Vaughn)
Christopher Newman ... assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Janet Nielsen ... third assistant director (as Janet Nielson)
Giovanni Pacialeo ... third assistant director (as Johnny Pacialeo)
Adrian Toynton ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Simon Alderton ... stand-by rigger
Bob Arthur ... carpenter: Australia
Len Ash ... dressing prop/storeman
Wayne Baker ... carpenter: Australia
Richard Baldwin ... senior set finisher: Australia
Brett Bartlett ... carpenter: Australia
Shane Bennett ... brush hand: Australia
John-Mal Billington ... brush hand: Australia
Adam Brockbank ... storyboard artist
Peter Burden ... dressing prop (as Peter Byrden)
Julian Caldow ... storyboard artist (as Julian Calde)
Will Cann ... stand-by prop
Julia Castle ... assistant art director
Tony Chance ... storyboard artist
Gregory Commerford ... set finisher: Australia
Chris Cull ... prop master re-shoots
Glyn Dillon ... storyboard artist
Jack Elliot ... greensman: Australia
Martin Foley ... art department assistant
Peter Gillbanks ... painter: Australia
Roy Hansford ... stand-by carpenter
Rosie Hardwick ... assistant art director
Anthea Hodge ... art department coordinator: Australia (as Anthia Hodge)
Geoff Howe ... construction coordinator / construction manager: Australia
Steve Huxtable ... carpenter: Australia (as Stephen Huxtable)
Enzo Iaconi ... greens assistant: Australia
Kelly Jervis ... brush hand: Australia
Gary Jones ... props master: Australia
Verena Khan ... art department assistant
Nina Kobiashvili ... art department runner
Emmanuel Kostoglou ... art department assistant: Australia
Eugene Land ... carpenter: Australia
Edmund Levine ... art department runner: Australia
Richard Locke ... carpenter: Australia
Arabella Lockhart ... props buyer / set dresser
John Maher ... construction manager: UK
Kevin McCarthy ... stand-by painter
Richard Mccarthy ... supervising plasterer
Warwick Miller ... leading hand: Australia
Campbell Mitchell ... stand-by props
Desmond O'Boy ... stand-by stagehand (as Des Oboy)
Claudia Parker ... props buyer
Beth Pickworth ... graphic designer: Australia
Mike Power ... property master
Tony Reilly ... painter: Australia
Chris Richmond ... art department assistant
Alastair Ritchie ... art department runner: Australia
Faith Robinson ... construction buyer: Australia
David Robson ... chargehand: Australia
Stephen Rowles ... carpenter: Australia
Steven Sallybanks ... scenic artist: Australia
Nigel Salter ... dressing prop
Katie Sharrock ... property mistress: Australia
Greg Stokes ... painter: Australia
Michael Swingle ... set finisher: Australia
Angus Tattle ... construction department coordinator: Australia
Stephen Tulloch ... carpenter: Australia (as Steve Tulloch)
Nick Turnbull ... props
John Whitby ... carpenter
Bradley Woodbridge ... painter
George Zammit ... stand-by props: Australia

Sound Department

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Philip Alton ... dialogue editor
John Bateman ... foley recordist
Derek Casari ... adr engineer
Arnaud Clerici ... adr mixer: France
Lucy Fawcett ... foley artist
Richard Fordham ... assistant sound editor
Ian Fuller ... supervising sound editor
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer: London
Pauline Griffiths ... foley artist
James Harris ... sound trainee
Simon Hayes ... production sound mixer
Eddy Joseph ... supervising sound editor
Derek Lomas ... sound effects editor
Nick Lowe ... dialogue editor
David Lucarelli ... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Ian Macbeth ... assistant sound editor
Garth Marshall ... sound mixer
Steve Mayer ... assistant sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue ... re-recording mixer
Malcolm Rose ... sound maintenance
James Seddon ... dolby consultant
Richard Street ... re-recording mixer
Dan Edelstein ... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
Esther Smith ... sound technician (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Graham Hills ... special effects technician
Graham Longhurst ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Nick Drew ... visual effects producer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Simon Hughes ... scanning and recording supervisor
Lorraine Johnson ... scanning: Cinesite
Simon Johnson ... scanning: Cinesite
Jolene McCaffrey ... digital compositor: Jim Henson Creature Shop
Karim Sahai ... digital compositor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Michael Turoff ... visual effects producer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Val Wardlaw ... visual effects supervisor
Dan Ashton ... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Sean Danischevsky ... digital artist: Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)
Jamie Lochhead ... digital artist: Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)
Jolene McCaffrey ... digital artist: Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)
Daniel Pettipher ... title compositor: Mill Film (uncredited)
Karim Sahai ... digital artist: Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)
Val Wardlaw ... digital artist: Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)

Stunts

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Andy Bennett ... stunt double: Mr. Chaplin
Ray De-Haan ... stunt double: Mr. Chaplin (as Ray De Haan)
Levan Doran ... stunt double: Mr. Kassovitz
Sy Hollands ... stunt double: Ms. Kidman
Rowley Irlam ... stunt driver
Peter Miles ... stunt double: Mr. Chaplin
Jamie Millington ... stunt double: Mr. Cassel
Guy Norris ... stunt coordinator
Andreas Petrides ... stunt coordinator
Nick Powell ... stunt coordinator (as Nicholas Powell)
Dominic Preece ... stunt double: Mr. Kassovitz (as Dominic Freece)
Annelie Whitfield ... stunt double: Ms. Kidman (as Analie Whitfield)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Abrahams ... key grip: Australia
Ting Adisung ... electrician: Australia (as Ting Adisug)
Robert Agganis ... camera operator: second camera, Australia
Greg Allen ... electrician: Australia
Paul Anderson ... grip: Australia
David Appleby ... camera grip
John M. Barbour ... assistant camera: second unit / camera trainee (as John Barbour)
Sarah Bartles-Smith ... clapper loader
Rob Birtles ... grip: Australia (as Robbie Birtles)
Matt Bolin ... electrician: Australia (as Mat Bolin)
Geoff Boyce ... grip: Australia
Geoff Brown ... electrician
Joe Bruneteau ... electrician: Australia (as Jo Bruneteau)
David Bryant ... focus puller: second camera
Robbie Burr ... best boy: Australia
Damian Church ... video split operator: Australia (as Damien Church)
Toby Churchill-Brown ... grip: Australia
Pat Clark ... rigging electrician: Australia
Huckle Cleary ... stand-by rigger: Australia
Matt Clyde ... electrician: Australia
Finbarr Collins ... electrician: Australia (as Finbar Collins)
Brett Cooper ... electrician: Australia
Leo Cowan ... grip: Australia
Bennie Cronjie ... cable runner: Australia
Liam Daniel ... still photographer
Chris Dodd ... rigging electrician: Australia
Matthew Donald ... grip: Australia (as Matthew Donnald)
Johnny Earthmover ... electrician: Australia (as Johhny Earthmover)
Peter Eastgate ... electrician: Australia
Terry Eden ... best boy
Russell Fewtrell ... electrician: Australia
Sam Garwood ... focus puller
Tony Hair ... lighting electrician
Steve Hall ... focus puller: second camera
Kerri-Lee Hammelswang ... assistant camera: second camera, Australia (as Keri-Lee Hammelswang)
Dave Hansen ... grip: Australia
Peter Harris ... electrician
Gary Havron ... rigging electrician: Australia
Cliff Henry ... electrician: Australia (as Clif Henry)
David Hird ... rigging electrician: Australia (as Dave Hird)
Peter Holland ... electrician: Australia
Adam Hunter ... electrician: Australia
Matt Inglis ... electrician: Australia
Glen Jenkins ... electrician: Australia
Paul Johnstone ... gaffer: Australia
Miles Jones ... electrician: Australia
Warren Jones ... stand-by rigger: Australia
Martin Lee ... Steadicam operator: Australia
Michael Leslie ... grip: Australia
Michi Marosszeky ... clapper loader: Australia (as Michi Marrosszeky)
Peter McManus ... rigging electrician: Australia
Ian McMillan ... director of photography: second unit
Zac Murphy ... electrician: Australia
Phil Murray ... grip: "b" camera
Mark Anthony Newman ... electrician: Australia (as Mark Newman)
Zac Nicholson ... focus puller: second unit
Danny North ... rigging electrician: Australia
Gary Padget ... electrician: Australia
Gary Parnham ... electrician
Barney Piercy ... clapper loader: second unit
Kenny Pitts ... electrician
Larry S. Prinz ... gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Miles Proudfoot ... second assistant camera
Clive Rippon ... electrician: Australia (as Clive Ripon)
Peter Robertson ... director of photography: second unit / steadicam operator
Adrien Seffrin ... assistant camera: second camera, Australia (as Adrian Seffrin)
Gordon Segrove ... focus puller: underwater unit
Beau Sevastos ... grip: Australia (as Beau Savastos)
Howard Smith ... steadicam operator
Neal Stevens ... video operator
Ken Talbot ... rigging electrician: Australia
Mike Valentine ... underwater camera
Mark Watson ... electrician: Australia
Dave Williams ... rigging electrician: Australia
Grant Wilson ... electrician: Australia
Marc Wolff ... camera pilot
Jules Wurm ... assistant camera: second camera, Australia
Colin Wyatt ... electrician: Australia
Al York ... electrician: Australia
Darren Flindall ... rigger (uncredited)
Peter Hodgson ... video assist operator: dailies (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Shaheen Baig ... casting assistant
Louis Elman ... adr voice casting
Kelly Marshall ... extras casting: Australia

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robyn Elliott ... costume supervisor: Australia
Kate Green ... stand-by costume: Australia
Fiona Holly ... wardrobe stand-by: Australia (as Fiona Hollie)
Elie Kamal ... wardrobe stand-by: Australia
Sunita Mudaliar ... wardrobe stand-by: Australia (as Sunita Mudalier)
Fiona Nicolls ... wardrobe stand-by: Australia (as Fiona Nicols)
Helen O'Donnell ... dresser: Ms. Kidman (as Helen Mattocks) / wardrobe assistant (as Helen Mattocks)
Paula Ryan ... wardrobe stand-by: Australia
Jan Simpson ... set costumer
Allison Wyldeck ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Jo Beckett ... assistant location manager
Belinda Dean ... location assistant: Australia
Maude Heath ... location assistant: Australia
Jeremy Johns ... location manager
Carl Wood ... location manager

Music Department

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James Bellamy ... assistant music editor
Paul Clarvis ... musician: drums and percussion
Chris Dibble ... music mixer / music recordist
Steve Donnelly ... musician: guitar
Bibs Ekkel ... musician: balalaika (as Bibs Ekkel)
Paul Englishby ... music arranger: "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
Martin France ... musician: drums
Andrew Glen ... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Isobel Griffiths ... musicians contractor
Nick Ingman ... conductor
Lewis Jones ... assistant music engineer
Bob Last ... music supervisor
Tony Lewis ... assistant music editor
Gerard McCann ... music editor
Igor Outkine ... musician: accordion (as Igor Outkin)
John Parricelli ... musician: guitar
Anthony Pleeth ... musician: cello
Joe Rangel ... music coordinator
Martin Robertson ... musician: woodwind
Beth Rosenblatt ... music consultant
Steve Watts ... musician: double bass
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Rolf Wilson ... orchestra leader

Transportation Department

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Phil Allchin ... transportation captain
Derek Boyes ... driver
Andy Cantrell ... driver: Ms. Kidman, Australia
Del Cardy ... driver
Anna Certoma ... driver: Australia
Eddie Cook ... driver
Nrinder Dhudwar ... driver (as Nrinder Dhydwar)
Peter Graovac ... driver (as Peter Graovacr)
Mike Harris ... driver
Dion Hunt ... driver: Mr. Cassel and Mr. Kassovitz, Australia
Dave Jones ... driver
Tim Lion ... driver: Australia
Jim Magill ... driver
Dave Manning ... driver: Ms. Kidman
Phil Mathews ... driver
Bob McGovern ... driver
Jimmy Muir ... driver
Gerry O'Connor ... driver
Cian O'Leary ... driver: Australia
Barry Stone ... driver
Tom Teely ... driver
Peter White ... driver

Other crew

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Adam Badrawy ... floor runner: re-shoot (as Adam Barrington)
Chris Baker ... stand-in: Mr. Chaplin
Joanna Beckett ... unit manager
Andrew Bonello ... production runner: Australia
Lee Brazier ... assistant to Chief Executive Film Four - Paul Webster
Michael Brett ... security: Ms. Kidman (as Micky Brett)
Claire Brown ... assistant: Mr. Chaplin
Felicia Bushman ... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Louise Carey ... assistant: Mr. Chaplin, Australia
Jamie Centofanti ... board operator: Australia
Jamie Chaky ... stand-in: Mr. Chaplin
Gavin Charlton ... chef
James Chasey ... stand-in
Peter Christelis ... conforming assistant
Julie Clement ... post-production accountant
Robert Cogswell ... double: Mr. Cassel
Paul Cotter ... stand-in: Mr. Kassovitz
Storm Cox ... unit assistant: Australia
Vanessa Critchley ... production secretary: Australia
Matt Curtis ... title designer
Matt Dalton ... post-production accountant
Tim Daukes ... production runner
Lucy Davies ... assistant: Mr. J. Butterworth
Julie Deakins ... nurse: Australia
Barry Dobin ... trainee: FT2
Nicola Ebner ... accounting assistant
Maria Farmer ... unit publicist: Australia
Mike Fraser ... rushes transfer
Serena Gattuso ... production coordinator
Constantine Gregory ... dialect coach: Mr. Cassel & Mr. Kassovitz
Jim Hajicosta ... production accountant
Jo Harland ... conforming assistant
Ben Harrison ... daily floor runner
John Herbert ... stand-in: Mr. Cassel
Jody Hewitson ... unit assistant: Australia
Andrew Hill ... health and safety officer
Simon Hill ... assistant production accountant
Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialogue coach: Ms. Kidman
Billy Hinshelwood ... production counsel: UK
Dean Hood ... assistant accountant: Australia
Paul Hughes ... chef
Ken Jones ... armorer: Australia
Claudia Kalindjian ... unit publicist: UK
Jerusha Kornner ... unit assistant: Australia (as Jerusha Korner)
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Tim Lion ... production assistant
Andrea Littlewood ... assistant: Mr. S. Butterworth and Ms. Phillips
Garry Macan Tanaister ... security: Australia
Duncan Manning ... head chef
Brec Marson ... double: Mr. Chaplin
Peter Matthews ... laboratory liaison: DeLuxe
Charles McDonald ... publicist
Samantha Smith McGrady ... floor runner: Australia (as Samantha Smith) / set production assistant (as Samantha Smith)
Somoma Message ... additional floor runner: Australia (as Sonoma Message)
Reza Mokhtar ... caterer
Christine Moran ... accountant: Australia
Cian O'Clery ... production runner
Brydie O'Neal ... stand-in: Ms. Kidman
Dan Palmer ... post-production accountant
Luke Parker Bowles ... production runner (as Luke Parker-Bowles)
Frances Patterson ... assistant: Mr. S. Butterworth and Ms. Phillips
Tonia Pearson ... assistant to producer: Australia
Robin Piggott ... trade assistant: Australia
Allon Reich ... production executive: Miramax
Katia Repekova ... language coach: Russian, Ms. Kidman
Ian Russell ... laboratory liaison: Atlab
Kevin Sainsbury ... trade assistant: Australia
Louise Savage ... stand-in: Ms. Kidman
Rick Schwartz ... production executive: Miramax
Elizabeth Sharling ... double: Ms. Kidman
Robert Simper ... safety officer: Australia (as Rob Simpler)
Nina Stevenson ... production counsel: Australia (as Nina Stephenson)
Chris Stoaling ... floor runner
Dathi Sveinbjarnarson ... floor runner
Katherine Teakle ... unit nurse
Piers Thompson ... director: John's porn video
Fran Triefus ... production coordinator
Lisa Vick ... script supervisor
Michael D. Walsh ... production runner (as Michael Walsh)
Christian Wheeler ... conforming assistant
Adam Williams ... double: Mr. Kassovitz
James Wilson ... production executive: Film Four
Dillon Yeats ... trade assistant: Australia
Elton Farla ... medic: re-shoots (uncredited)
Dan Huber ... assistant: Julie Goldstein (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lars MacFarlane ... very special thanks
Anthony Minghella ... very special thanks
Ed Whitmore ... very special thanks

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Plot Summary

Internet love connections and mail-order brides rarely ever work out, and John should have known. Having never been lucky in the game of love and tired of waiting for the perfect woman to come along, John decides to take his chances and orders a mail-order bride from Russia online. At first, things seem perfect: his new bride Nadia is a gorgeous woman, and although she may not speak much English, her skills in the bedroom more than make up for any communication problems. When Nadia's 'cousins' unexpectedly arrive to celebrate her birthday, John is drawn into their web of corruption and crime. Written by Anna

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Taglines Before They Share A Future, They Have To Survive Her Past. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nadia (France)
  • Birthday Girl - Braut auf Bestellung (Germany)
  • Oscura seducción (Spain)
  • Το κορίτσι των γενεθλίων (Greece)
  • Ljubav pre svega (Serbia)
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  • 93 min
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Budget $13,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP237,165, 30 Jun 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia Some scenes were filmed in Sydney, Australia, in order for Nicole Kidman could be close to her children and then-husband Tom Cruise who filmed Mission: Impossible II (2000) in Sydney at the same time. See more »
Goofs Between the time that John leaves the airport and arrives at the hotel after chasing the taxi, he has shaved. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003). See more »
Soundtracks The Most Beautiful Girl in the World See more »
Quotes Nadia: [in Russian] Are you a giraffe?
John: [in Russian] Yes.
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