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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Notting Hill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,689,760, 30 May 1999

Gross USA:

$116,089,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$363,889,678
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the shots of Julia Roberts used in the opening credits came from the show Entertainment Tonight (1981). See more »

Goofs

Although Bella is in a wheelchair and complains of the fact that her house needs ramps for her to get around, there is a step without a ramp leading to her front door. In one scene she is seen about to leave the house in her wheelchair, unassisted. See more »

Quotes

William: Would you like a cup of tea before you go?
Anna Scott: No.
William: Orange juice? No, probably not... something else cold? Coke? Water? Some disgusting sugary drink pretending to have something to do with fruits of the forest?
Anna Scott: No.
William: Do you... always say no to everything?
Anna Scott: [thinks] No.
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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 The Voice: Blind Auditions 1 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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An actress falls in love for a simple bookshop owner
20 August 2002 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

For refreshment this comedy is good at all. The plot is very real, nobody can say that a movie star cannot love a simple man, perhaps this may happen even better than the love between an actor and an actress. The actress (Julia Roberts) was in fact looking for new air and trying to escape from the routine of journalists, photographers, critics and others. She was tired of all this circle and wanted something different. Hugh Grant, the bookshop owner, showed her modest life, good friends and other environment much better than the one of million US dollars. Congratulations to Roger Michell for this film that anyone can see several times, it has also excellent music with songs of two Bee Gees (Barry and Robin Gibb)and Charles Aznavour, congratulations once again to Julia Roberts, who is simply at present the best actress in comedy in Hollywood. Appreciation also to the work of British actor Hugh Grant, always very efficient.


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