Notting Hill

Notting Hill

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Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville

     
 

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Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friendSee more details below

Overview

Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. When Anna has to stop back to pick up a bag she left at William's house, they kiss -- just in time for Spike to show up. A romance slowly blooms as his friends and family (not to mention the world at large) wonder out loud what he's doing dating a movie star. Notting Hill reunites Hugh Grant with producer Duncan Kenworthy and screenwriter Richard Curtis, who previously worked together on the international hit Four Weddings And A Funeral.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Notting Hill not only featured a match made in 1990s romantic comedy heaven, but also used that star wattage to comment on celebrity absurdity. Adding a different spin to the American beauty-meets-British boy formula from Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), the pairing of Hugh Grant's bookseller William with Julia Roberts' movie star Anna Scott becomes a humorously poignant commentary on the unreal life led by stars such as Roberts and Grant. Naturally the tabloid press gets in the way, as do Anna's diva tendencies, but William's down-to-earth, eccentric version of reality (complete with Rhys Ifans' scene-stealing roommate-from-hell Spike) ultimately wins a place in Anna's world. Roberts' low key performance and Anna's awareness of fame's ephemeral nature allow her to be more than simply the lustrous object of William's bumbling desire. Opening strongly the week after Star Wars: Episode 1-The Phantom Menace was released, Notting Hill went on to become the first of Roberts' two $100 million-plus summer romantic comedy hits (along with Runaway Bride), and breathed new life into Grant's tabloid-marred career as a wittily self-deprecating leading man.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
UPC:
5050582724660
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Ais
Sales rank:
84,936

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Anna Scott
Hugh Grant William Thacker
Hugh Bonneville Bernie
Emma Chambers Honey
James Dreyfus Martin
Gina McKee Bella
Rhys Ifans Spike
Tim McInnerny Max
Richard McCabe Tony
Dylan Moran Actor
Roger Frost Actor
Julian Rhind-Tutt Actor
Lorelei King Actor
John Shrapnel Actor
Clarke Peters Actor
Arturo Venegas Actor
Mischa Barton Actor
Henry Goodman Actor
Melissa Wilson Actor
Emma Bernard Actor
Sam West Actor
Ann Beach Actor
Alec Baldwin Jeff King
Emily Mortimer Perfect Girl

Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
David Allday Art Director
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Shuna Harwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Duncan Kenworthy Producer
Nick Moore Editor
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Mary Selway Casting
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Webber Special Effects Supervisor

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