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 friend…  See more details below

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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 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

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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Notting Hill 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Hugh Grant at his best (this and 9 Months) and Julia Roberts, as stunning as always! There is a lot of reality in this movie, like wanting to take back that silly little comment, letting an old saying slip out, and loving someone for who they are inside! You have to see this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Notting Hill is a funny, creative, and clever movie sure to reach all potentials. Hugh Grant couldn't have done a better job playing the shy under-achiever book salesman. Julia Roberts was phenomenal as a famous movie actress that actually reflects her attitude. This hilarious film is great for pre-teens to adults. Grade: A+ Rating: R Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant Recommended Age Group: Pre-teens to adults
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great production w/competent actors.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world which is mainly dominated by action movies where someone gets thier head blown off every five minutes, it's nice to still find a movies which depicts the story of a shy English writer ( Hugh Grant) and his love afair with American Movie star (Julia Roberts).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julia Roberts has been getting away with simply playing variations of herself since the days of Mystic Pizza. Her same shrill laugh (it's actually a barking shout)can be heard in any one of those forgettable roles from Flatliners to the Pelican Brief, and the academy-award-winning Brokovich character was Roberts again, only this time dressed like a trailer park refugee and spouting a little more anger and sarcasm than she normally does. God help us- Pretty Woman was such a smash that we'll never be rid of her. Unfortunately, when not playing one of those personal variations, she's lost because she honestly can't act. Take a look at her poor attempt in Michael Collins, and there you'll find someone out of her depth. The role was not difficult, just not a variation of herself (am I getting redundant?) Somehow, though, her limits serve her well in Nottinghill: For once, Roberts can be forgiven for being herself, because that's what the role calls for: a famous, over-paid, self-consumed, Hollywood celebrity. She even has a scene where she can boast about making $15m for the last movie- too realistic! I can see her gloating in the same self-satisfied manner in real life, so it's probably appropriate. Do notice, however: how Alec Baldwin's cameo portrayl of the male star counterpart later in the film is more tongue- in- cheek. He can laugh at himself. Back to the point, this isn't a bad movie. The script contains wit, and several scenes are charming, with more than a few real comedic moments. Enjoyable though it may be at times, though, it is ultimately doomed by its fairy tale ending. Had the scenario allowed Grant to meet simply a more common, ordinary girl, it would have been more apporpriate. His foibles in trying to find the right match would have worked just as well; his believable performance and those turned in by his strong supporting cast would also have been provided more substance. Of course, Roberts would then have to be cut from the film as well (remember-she can only do herself). Left as is, this movie just doesn't make the grade. Three stars for the nice attempt and a chuckle or two, but no more: save it for when you've run out of all the other "date-videos" at your disposal.
Mattsgirl85 More than 1 year ago
Notting Hill attempts to show how true love can blossom in impossible situations. The impossible situation involves a "sad act" British book shop keeper (Grant) who chances to meet a famous movie star (Roberts) from America. They have an instant connection--made hilarious by the appearance of Grant's unbelievably inappropriate and ridiculous "flatmate"--the conflict comes with Roberts' fame and her inability to commit to him. I love this movie. It reminds me of the power of love, and it is absolutely hilarious! My brother hates chick flicks, but he loves this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a chick and I love this flick! Notting Hill is a great movie. What is there not to love about it? Julia Roberts is great as the love interest, who is an actress. Hugh Grant is great as the owner of a barely scraping by travel bookstore. What makes this movie, is it happens in London, England which makes it even more romantic. It has a great song during the movie to portray passing of the seasons, "Ain't No Sunshine." Hugh Grant's roommate, Spike, is really funny in this movie, and in real life Rhys Ifans, is actually a Shakespearean actor. Overall it is funny and romantic. Two thumbs up.
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