Love Actually

Love Actually

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Director: Richard Curtis

Cast: Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth

     
 

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All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis' first directorial effort. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy", Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heartSee more details below

Overview

All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis' first directorial effort. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy", Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There's also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places. A working print of Love Actually premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It's not easy to craft romantic comedies with ensemble casts, and few filmmakers have done so as well as screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary. For Love Actually, his directorial debut, he has composed a comedy of symphonic proportions, a surprisingly sprightly romp that boasts a dizzying array of characters connected in unpredictable ways. The story is set in London during Christmas, as the newly elected prime minister (Hugh Grant) takes office and immediately falls for a working-class staffer (Martine McCutcheon). Meanwhile, his middle-aged sister (Emma Thompson) is beginning to worry that her husband (Alan Rickman) might succumb to the blandishments of a sexually aggressive coworker, while elsewhere in the office Laura Linney pines for hunky Rodrigo Santoro. On other fronts, a recently minted widower (Liam Neeson) struggles to raise his adolescent stepson, and Colin Firth rebounds from heartbreak by falling for his non-English-speaking assistant. Stringing the whole thing together is the film's best story line, which involves an aging, dissipated rocker (Bill Nighy) who records a corny Christmas song that becomes an unexpected holiday hit. As one expects with Curtis, the script is fairly literate and refreshingly free of tacky humor. Which is not to say that Love Actually doesn't have its ribald moments; in fact, it's probably the lustiest picture Curtis has done to date. Still the characters are generally likable and the movie brims with wonderful bits: Rowan Atkinson, for instance, contributes a quietly hysterical turn as a prissy department-store clerk. In the vast rough of romantic comedies, Love Actually is a genuinely witty and enchanting diamond.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
It isn't often that one gets to see a feature cobbled together from a dozen or so rejected script ideas, but that's exactly what prolific British romantic comedy writer Richard Curtis seems to have done with his first directorial effort. Tackling the venerable genre of ensemble comedy with an approach that's more Dr. Frankenstein than Robert Altman, Love Actually strives to encompass the romantic longings of a gaggle of characters both young and old, straight and rampantly straight, wealthy and merely middle-class. The film's prologue narration attempts to establish the overriding importance of love in a post-9/11 world, but many of the characters in Love Actually don't exactly support such a lofty theme; there's a crude bloke dying to get laid (Kris Marshall); an over-the-hill rocker just looking to get paid (Bill Nighy); and at least three randy employers (Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and improbable Prime Minister Hugh Grant) longing to hook up with workplace subordinates. The film is packed with Curtis' trademark bon mots, stammering heroes, and wry melancholy, to be sure, but the cumulative aesthetic can best be described as "cute" -- certainly not the first word that popped to mind with the writer's more acerbic Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, or Bridget Jones's Diary. Any of Love Actually's plotlines -- well, at least six of them -- might have made a decent film on its own, but taken together, they buckle under the weight of the film's "all you need is love" mantra.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/03/2010
UPC:
0025192055201
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:15:00

Special Features

Feature Commentary with Director Richard Curtis and Actors Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Thomas Sangster; Deleted Scenes with Introduction by Richard Curtis; The Music of Love Actually with Introductions by Richard Curtis; Kelly Clarkson "The Trouble with Love Is" Music Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Rickman Harry
Bill Nighy Billy Mack
Colin Firth Jamie
Emma Thompson Karen
Hugh Grant The Prime Minister
Laura Linney Sarah
Liam Neeson Daniel
Martine McCutcheon Natalie
Keira Knightley Juliet
Rowan Atkinson Rufus
Andrew Lincoln Mark
Billy Bob Thornton President of the United States of America
Joanna Page Just Judy
Kris Marshall Colin Frissell
Lucia Moniz Aurelia
Martin Freeman John
Thomas Sangster Sam
Heike Makatsch Mia
Chiwetel Ejiofor Peter
Rodrigo Santoro Karl
Claudia Schiffer Carol
Gregor Fisher Joe
Olivia Olson Joanna Anderson
Abdul Salis Tony
Shannon Elizabeth Harriet, The Sexy One
Denise Richards Carla, The Real Friendly One
Sienna Guillory Jamie's girlfriend
January Jones Jeannie, American Angel
Elisha Cuthbert Carol-Anne, American Goddess
Ivana Milicevic Stacey, American Dreamgirl
Sheila Allen Jamie's Mum
Gemma Aston Family Mourner
Raul Atalaia Restaurant Proprietor
Sarah Atkinson Billy's Video Vixen
Joanna Bacon Natalie's Mum
Katharine Bailey Harris Street Little Girl
Gillian Barge Cabinet Minister
Alan Barnes Movie Director
Clare Bennett Billy's Video Vixen
Ines Boughanmi Language Student
Brian Bovell Radio Watford DJ
Tiffany Boysell Her Friend
Marcus Brigstocke Mikey, DJ Interviewer
Emma Buckley Jamie's Sister
Wes Butters Radio 1 Chart Show DJ
Billy Campbell Natalie's Octopus Brother, Keith
Carol Carey Natalie's Replacement
Keir Charles Press Conference Reporter
Glenn Conroy Barman
Helder Costa Mr. Barros
Colin Coull PM's Bodyguard, Gavin
Julia Davis Nancy The Caterer
Patrick Delaney Tommy, Carol's Son
Declan Donnelly Dec
Catia Duarte Language Student
Jamie Edgell Airport Guard
Dave Fisher Airport Guard
Michael Fitzgerald Michael, Sarah's Brother
Georgia Flint Her Friend
Dan Fredenburgh Jamie's Bad Brother
Jill Freud Pat The Housekeeper
Amanda Garwood Backing-Singer Teacher
Kate Glover Cabinet Minister
Adam Godley Mr. Trench
Lyndon David Hall The Wedding Singer
Edward Hardwicke Sam's Grandfather
Matt Harvey Family Mourner
Tim Hatwell Vicar
Richard Hawley Alex, Deputy Prime Minister
Paul Heasman Airport Guard
William Wadham Bernie, Karen's Son
Sarah Holland Billy's Video Vixen
Arturo Venegas Mr. Anderson
Stewart Howson Airport Gate Man
Caroline John Sam's Grandmother
Wyllie Longmore Jeremy
Tony Lucken Airport Guard
Rory MacGregor Engineer
Elizabeth Margoni Eleonore
Peter Marinker US Expert
Margery Mason Harris Street Old Lady
Sarah McDougall Receptionist
Ant McPartlin Ant
Nicola McRoy Cabinet Minister
Bill Moody Natalie's Dad
Frank Moorey Terence, Who's In Charge
Vicki Murdoch Billy's Video Vixen
Ruby Turner Mrs. Jean Anderson
Helen Murton Funeral Priest
Big Blue Church Musicians
Ciaran O'Driscoll Hospital Patient
Meredith Ostrom Billy's Video Vixen
Nancy Sorrell Greta
Megan Owen PM's Secretary
Michael Parkinson Parky
Lulu Popplewell Daisy, Her Daughter
Katherine Poulton Billy's Video Vixen
Adrian Preater Family Mourner
Nina Sosanya Annie
Terry Reece PM's Chauffeur, Terry
Laura Rees Record Company Executive
Carla Vasconcelos Sophia Barros
Kate Bowes Renna Cabinet Minister
Doraly Rosen Press Conference Reporter
Richard Wills-Cotton Cabinet Minister
Shaughan Seymour Movie Cameraman
Paul Slack John's Brother
John Sharian Wisconsin Taxi Driver
Junior Simpson Wedding DJ
Joanna Thaw Family Mourner
Margus Tuuling Billy's Video Vixen
Nat Udom Language Student
Igor Urdenko Language Student
Jo Whiley Radio DJ
Jont Wittingtom guitarist
Yuk Sim Yau Language Student
Metro Voices Singer
Cecilia Weston Conductor

Technical Credits
Richard Curtis Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Shaheen Baig Casting
Raphaël Benoliel Production Manager
Kate Benton Makeup
Tim Bevan Producer
Tracey Caudle Stunts
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Martin Chitty Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Clay Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Sam Conway Special Effects
Stephanie Corsalini Casting
Academy Costume Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Coulter Cinematographer,Co-producer
Talila Craig Stunts
Eric Fellner Producer
Geoff Foster Sound Mixer
Debra Hayward Co-producer
Alexander Hill Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Hume Camera Operator
Camilla-Valentine Isola Casting
Graham Johnston Makeup
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Gilles Kenny Asst. Director
Duncan Kenworthy Producer
Susan Lawrence Asst. Director
Jonathan Lunn Choreography
Lorna McGowan Makeup
Rod McLean Art Director
Nick Moore Editor
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Leigh Nicol Costumes/Costume Designer
John Palmer Camera Operator
Tori Parry Production Manager
Jeffrey Pollack Consultant/advisor
Carlo Manzi Rentals Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Marti Sharron Songwriter
Caroline Smith Set Decoration/Design
Avril Soards Stunts
David A. Stephenson Sound Mixer
Peter Taylor Camera Operator
Justin Warburton-Brown Art Director
Nick Watson Consultant/advisor
Tim Webber Special Effects Supervisor
Fiona Weir Casting
Mark White Special Effects
Sarah-Jane Wright Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [9:45]
2. Chapter 2 [5:22]
3. Chapter 3 [7:33]
4. Chapter 4 [7:04]
5. Chapter 5 [6:54]
6. Chapter 6 [7:38]
7. Chapter 7 [7:02]
8. Chapter 8 [6:59]
9. Chapter 9 [8:03]
10. Chapter 10 [3:01]
11. Chapter 11 [1:41]
12. Chapter 12 [4:44]
13. Chapter 13 [7:37]
14. Chapter 14 [4:27]
15. Chapter 15 [:43]
16. Chapter 16 [:02]
17. Chapter 17 [2:17]
18. Chapter 18 [5:39]
19. Chapter 19 [8:16]
20. Chapter 20 [6:38]

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