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The Holiday (2006)

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Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

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Nancy Meyers

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Nancy Meyers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Amanda
Kate Winslet ... Iris
Jude Law ... Graham
Jack Black ... Miles
Eli Wallach ... Arthur
Edward Burns ... Ethan
Rufus Sewell ... Jasper
Miffy Englefield Miffy Englefield ... Sophie
Emma Pritchard Emma Pritchard ... Olivia
Sarah Parish ... Hannah
Shannyn Sossamon ... Maggie
Bill Macy ... Ernie
Shelley Berman ... Norman
Kathryn Hahn ... Bristol
John Krasinski ... Ben
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Storyline

In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris' cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holiday See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,778,913, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$63,224,849, 28 January 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,135,324
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a scene in the film in which Cameron Diaz and Jude Law are chasing one another in a field after having lunch, which features a bossa nova-style piece from the musical score. Writer and Director Nancy Meyers was so intent on having this scene in the film as a tribute to similar scenes featured in the films of Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Meyers was so intent on having the right music for the scene, that Composer Hans Zimmer actually named the piece "For Nancy". See more »

Goofs

When Iris is running around the house the way her scarf is tied changes from the movie room to the exercise room and back when she is seen running up the stairs. According to the commentary the scenes were shot separately. See more »

Quotes

Miles: Okay. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to kiss you twice... and then linger a long time on the second kiss.
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Connections

References Bad Boys II (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Projection for Two
(1989)
Written by Ennio Morricone and Andrea Morricone
Courtesy of EMI General Music Srl
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Nice~ very nice
8 December 2006 | by RedriterSee all my reviews

This was a really good, light hearted movie, with GREAT characterization. There are points where the movie is a little slow, but not slow enough to loose your interest.

All of the characters are wonderfully developed especially Jude Laws-the under-story of Jude's character adds an extra dimension to his character and really makes you love him all the more.

Kate Winslet's character is another that was well worked out. She helps out this little old man . . . and the character development between her and this older gentleman is wonderful . . . it adds so much to her character, makes her more human, more real, someone very likable and someone you want to end up with a good ending.

Jack Black's character was sweet, not corny . . . and you end up liking him very much. He was not a goober like he usually is in his movies.

Over all, it was a wonderfully character driven movie, that was enjoyable and had you leaving the theater feeling good. I recommend it highly!


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