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Julia Roberts ... Anna Scott
Hugh Grant ... William Thacker
Richard McCabe ... Tony
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Notting Hill (1999)
124 min - Comedy | Drama | Romance - 21 May 1999 (UK)
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
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe |
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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 <>
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Taglines: Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance
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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: 21 May 1999 (UK) See more »
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Filming Locations: Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London, England, UK
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Budget: $42.000.000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $113.700.000 (Non-US) (6 August 1999)
Gross: SEK 62.089.941 (Sweden) (31 December 1999)
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Production Co: Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films, Bookshop Productions
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Runtime: 124 min
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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When Anna and William are together in his house and he is reading the newspaper and she is
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Anna Scott: What's so annoying is now I'm so totally fierce when it comes to nudity clauses.
William: You have clauses in your contract?
Anna Scott: Yeah. "you may show the dent at the top of the artist's buttocks, but neither
cheek or if a stunt bottom is being used, artists must have full consultation".
William: You have a stunt bottom?
Anna Scott: I *could* have a stunt bottom, yes.
William: Are people tempted to go for better bottoms than their own?
Anna Scott: Well yeah, I would. This is important stuff.
William: Hell of a thing to put on your passport, Occupation "Mel ...
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Brit Wit Rom Com in one of London's most famous districts
26 June 2007 | by Chrysanthepop (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews
After reading the synopsis, 'Notting Hill' sounds like just another melodramatic Julia Roberts rom com. Fortunately, that ain't the case.
'Notting Hill' is fun, sweet, intelligent and … well, simply said, very entertaining. London's Notting Hill does seem like a street you'd like to walk
While the storyline itself is larger than life, the characters are real. There is no overt melodrama. We can see that Curtis put a lot of heart
and some Brit wit humour into the writing. After meeting William, Anna, Spike, Max, Bella and Honey, we, as audience, really connect to
these very interesting characters and care about them. The table discussion in Honey's birthday scene shows how all the characters
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connect. While a nervous Anna, is new to the group, we see that she eventually gets a hang of them and feels comfortable enough to talk
about herself.
Hugh Grant isn't anything different from his other rom coms. Julia Roberts is brilliant. I never liked any of her romantic comedies (e.g. Pretty
Woman, I Love Trouble, Something to Talk About etc) but 'notting Hill is an exception. She gives a subtle portrayal as hugely famous but
very vulnerable Anna Scott and does full justice. This indeed is one of her finest performances. Rhys Ifans as Spike is standout! While Tim
McInnerny, Emma Chambers, Hugh Bonneville and Gina McKee (love her) are excellent. McKee's comedy is extremely subtle and her character
is one of the most appealing. She underplays her part with tremendous grace and maturity.
All the actors share a very warm chemistry that just keeps adding on to its quality. The relationship and friendship between the characters is
shown in a very sensitive way. While Spike and William are roommates who just seem to get along, we know that they like each other. Also
William is about to cancel a date with the world's most famous actress to attend his sister's birthday party. The relationship between Max
and Bella is beautiful.
Additional credit must be given to Coulter's amazing cinematography and the visuals. Watch the scene where Thacker is walking through the
market and we see the weather change (indicating the passing time). There's a beautiful soundtrack that recites the moods of the scenes.
And last but not least, thanks to Roger Mitchell for putting it all together to tell us this sweet entertaining story.
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