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Love Actually (2003)

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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director:

Richard Curtis

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Nighy ... Billy Mack
Gregor Fisher ... Joe
Rory MacGregor Rory MacGregor ... Engineer
Colin Firth ... Jamie
Sienna Guillory ... Jamie's Girlfriend
Liam Neeson ... Daniel
Emma Thompson ... Karen
Lulu Popplewell Lulu Popplewell ... Daisy - Her Daughter
Kris Marshall ... Colin Frissell
Heike Makatsch ... Mia
Martin Freeman ... John
Joanna Page ... Just Judy
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Peter
Andrew Lincoln ... Mark
Keira Knightley ... Juliet
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Storyline

Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack's Christmas themed comeback cover of "Love Is All Around" which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it much to his manager Joe's chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel's wife has just passed away, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet and Peter have just gotten married. They believe that Peter's best friend and best man Mark hates Juliet but won't say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet as he is in love with Peter himself. Jamie, a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Very romantic. Very comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English | Portuguese | French

Release Date:

14 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Actually Is All Around See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,886,080, 7 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,696,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$246,942,017
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Richard Curtis, and other members of the production, had a forty-five minute meeting to determine what color underwear Lucia's character would wear for the lake scene. See more »

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When Mark is talking to Juliet at the door with the cards, the card with pictures of supermodels changes between the first and second shot of it. See more »

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Prime Minister: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none...
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Asian releases (except for Japan and The Philippines) of the film remove the John and Judy subplot. See more »

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Actually a fine piece of movie-making....!
4 June 2005 | by fireside999See all my reviews

(This comment has been written by a Swedish guy suffering from a serious hangover. So I hope you will excuse the poor English...) Firstly, for me as a common guy the genre "romantic comedies" doesn't rank high. Fairer to say, I try avoid them as much as is humanly possible. However, when my girlfriend brought home Love Actually and threatened with a sex-free relationship the coming weeks if I didn't watch the film with her left me without much of a choice.

So I sat down with her and muttered something about "pathetic chick-flicks", but almost as soon as the film started I found myself mesmerized by it. And believe me, no one was more surprised by this than me! It was really that kind of film you don't want to end and which you find yourself to think about long after you have picked out the DVD from the DVD-player (the opposite to mindless, branded Hollywood action-movies). The film is really funny, highly romantic (in the best sense of the world), has a great soundtrack and very well-acted by the many famous British actors.

The film portrays the many various aspects of love and how it affect people's life and destinies. The story follows a bunch of people living in London the weeks before Christmas whose life's are intertwined in different ways, with the common nominator being love, and a Christmas play at the end of the film...

The film has many peaks but I would like to especially mention the scene where Keira Knightly's character discovers her husbands best friends feelings towards her. The expression on her face together with the guys inability to stay in the same room as her as he leaves his apartment to the tones of Dido is really heart-breaking. At this point of the film I was having serious problems not the let my girlfriend see how much the film was affecting me... And even though Keira Knightley has a face to die for (I can't imagine a guy who wouldn't describe her as extremely gorgeous in this film) the strength of this scene is that the feeling of unrequited love is something most people can relate to.

Finally, this is a film I can highly recommend, both to guys and girls. However, if your notion of great film-making is the latest Van Diesel-movie you might get disappointed. But on the other hand, then you either have passed the point of no return when it comes to good taste in movies or you're 15 years old....


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