The Holiday

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Overview

Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris Winslet and L.A. woman Amanda Diaz meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man. ...
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Overview

Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris Winslet and L.A. woman Amanda Diaz meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man. Iris makes the acquaintance of an upbeat everyman played by Jack Black, while Amanda spends time with a handsome Brit played by Jude Law. Both women must decide what to do with these new relationships as their pre-arranged house switch is scheduled to last less than two weeks.
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Special Features

Foreign Exchange: The Making of The Holiday; Commentary With Nancy & Guests
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Editorial Reviews

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With The Holiday, director Nancy Meyers aspires to something more than your average chick flick. At least, that would seem to be her intention, since she's building a standard romantic comedy using nonstandard parts. Cameron Diaz is the only real genre veteran here, with Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black all relatively new to the experience. But instead of their outsider talents elevating the material, under Meyers, Winslet et al. fall quickly in line with genre norms. This leaves The Holiday -- a film about the desperate need for new scenery -- feeling all too familiar. Which isn't to say it's not a watchable piece of seasonal romantic fluff; just don't confuse it for more than that. Winslet, the most surprising inclusion in the cast, actually seems rather joyous, liberated from the serious demands of her more typical roles. Quite the opposite is the case for Black, who's usually the zaniest guy in the room, and seems a little subdued playing it straight. But the Tenacious D prankster does sneak in some of the improvisational scatting his fans love -- a much-needed, all-too-brief reminder of how going outside the box is supposed to feel. Too bad the Black-Winslet storyline gets the short shrift, given only a hasty romantic angle after she's already spent considerable time befriending an octogenarian screenwriter. Diaz' high-maintenance film editor gets more celluloid, even though she's harder to warm up to -- and not just because she's in an actual wintry environment. Law's charm makes that task a little easier, especially when a surprise revelation gives the impossibly handsome womanizer -- both onscreen and in real life -- some extra dimension. The Holiday may not be as different as its director envisioned, but the target audience should be happy enough in these familiar surroundings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • UPC: 043396173828
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,125

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Diaz Amanda
Kate Winslet Iris
Jude Law Graham
Jack Black Miles
Eli Wallach Arthur
Edward Burns Ethan
Rufus Sewell Jasper
Miffy Englefield Sophie
Emma Pritchard Olivia
Sarah Parish Hannah
Shannyn Sossamon Maggie
Bill Macy Ernie
Shelley Berman Norman
Kathryn Hahn Bristol
John Krasinski Ben
Alex O'Loughlin Kissing Couple
Odette Yustman Kissing Couple
Bundle Williams Girl in Pub
Susan Dizon Newspaper Party Guest
Terry Diab Newspaper Editor
Kenneth Danziger Editor-in-Chief
Hope Riley Smith-Alcott, Sarah
Gilbert Esquivel Gardener
Steven Bruns Couple on Plane
Nikki Novak Couple on Plane
Judith Drake Women in Plane
Pamela Dunlap Women on Plane
Hal Douglas Voice Only
Jay Simpson Limo Driver
Siobhan Pestano Couple With Dog
Charles Dinsdale Couple With Dog
Sarah Flind Market Clerk
Darlene Ann Harris Arthur's Nurse
Marcell Brown Airport Guard
Marina Morgan Graham's Friend
Lynden Edwards Graham's Friend
Lydia Blanco Marta
Jon Prescott Maggie's Boyfriend
Patrick Cavanaugh Young Man at WGA
Justin Collins Young Man at WGA
Rupert Gregson-Williams Conductor
Technical Credits
Nancy Meyers Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill W. Benton Sound Mixer
Bruce A. Block Producer
Jeff Blodgett Executive Producer
William Booker Asst. Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Darcy Crownshaw Special Effects Supervisor
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Jennifer Eatz Associate Producer
Suzanne Farwell Executive Producer
Robert Fechtman Set Decoration/Design
James Foster Art Director
Tim Fraser Sound Mixer
Robin Fredriksz Makeup
Sue Gibson Camera Operator, Cinematographer
Michelle Guish Casting
Jeffrey J. Haboush Sound Mixer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
Casey Hotchkiss Camera Operator
Martin Hume Camera Operator
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Jane Jenkins Casting
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Linda Melazzo Makeup
Alan Meyerson Sound Mixer
Joseph Riggs Murdock Camera Operator
Roz Music Makeup
Andy Nicholson Art Director
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Chris Seager Camera Operator, Cinematographer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Alf Tramontin Camera Operator
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Dan Webster Art Director
David Worley Camera Operator
Hans Zimmer Score Composer
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Holiday
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   Languages
      Audio Set Up: English
      Audio Set Up: French
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
      Truth About Love
      Union Tip
      Somber Truth
      Private Affair
      Big Hit
      Holiday Points
      Turning Points
      Home Sweet Home
      Getting Acquainted
      Pleasant Intrusion
      Better Off
      Mending Spirits
      Helping Hand
      Leading Lady
      Date on the Town
      Complicating Things
      Real Ladies' Man
      Sophie and Olivia
      Hot Cocoa
      Fit for a Princess
      Worlds Apart
      Fickle Fitness
      Phone Tag
      Movie Date
      Repairing Breaks
      Young and Alive
      Old Flames Die Hard
      Welcome Back
   Special Features
      Commentary With Nancy Meyers & Guests On / Off
      Foreign Exchange: The Making of The Holiday
      Previews
         Spider-Man™ 3
         Are We Done Yet?
         Across the Universe
         Catch and Release
         The Pursuit of Happyness
         Stranger Than Fiction
         Casino Royale
         Marie Antoinette
         The Natural-Director's Cut
         Spider-Man™ 2.1
   Previews
      Spider-Man™ 3
      Are We Done Yet?
      Across the Universe
      Catch and Release
      The Pursuit of Happyness
      Stranger Than Fiction
      Casino Royale
      Marie Antoinette
      The Natural-Director's Cut
      Spider-Man™ 2.1
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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Cute

    And its also kind of sweet. To be honest while all the actors did great. I think my favorite has to be Kate Winslet and Jack Black. They were adorable in this and their characters make a cute couple. Noticed that their not much in the movie. Still, it is a cute romantic comedy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

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    Makes Me Want To Chuck New Moon Out The Window!

    Cameron Diaz and Jude Law; Kate Winslet and Jack Black: they are the best together. I wish that this would happen in real life! I ABSOLUTLEY ADORE IT!!!! This puts Sense and Sensibility to misery. Get it as soon as you can!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    This has to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Jack Black each do a magnificent job playing their characters and they futher the plot naturally. You'll find yourself crying, laughing, and urging for love all at the right times. Each scene was breath-taking shot and I felt like I had to go to every single place in the film. The soundtrack also stood out. The music was written in a great flowing manner and it helps add to the emotional intensity of the film. If you're looking for a great movie for your next movie night, see this! I guarantee you there is something for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I love this movie! It is a great chick flick. I think the story line is great and is also good for a good laugh. It's a great moview for you single ladies that need to find yourself and get rid of that one guy that you have a crush on but just can't seem to get over because he just can't decide what he wants. For sure worth the buy! Set around Christmas time, but good to watch anytime. Great cast! Many o fmy friends also have recommended this and loved it. Looking for something you can sit on the sofa and watch in your PJs and with your best friends and some wine? Then this is the movie for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    wonderful, warm film

    great film....wonderful script and perfprmances

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, adventurous, sweet, happily ever after!

    Watched it several times and enjoyed it every time. Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Kate Winslet are fantastic and funny in this movie. Eli Wallach still got it! The story line was enjoyable and wonderful to follow. Great writing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pelicula muy entretenida y romantica

    Excelentes actoras y muy especial argumento.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Definite Feel Good Movie!

    I won't go into a lot of detail on the plot in this one, because so many already have before me, and it's not as if there isn't a synopsis of it on the page, but all I can say is that I was extremely entertained by this picture. It was light hearted, kind, funny, and emotional all rolled into one, and the cast was well chosen. If you want something witty, light hearted, and refreshing...give this movie a watch. It's a perfect movie to kick back in front of on a quiet evening, with the fire place going...if you have a fire place that is. It will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I loved it

    This movie is such a "feel good" movie. It's great to watch anytime, even if you are in a good mood. I have recommended it. Of course mostly women will love it. Not too many guys will think it's for them.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sweet, Surprising Movie

    I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It is really sweet, funny, and the characters are interesting. I have watched it several times. I'd never heard of it until I ran across it on TV.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A FUN RIDE

    There are only a handful of movies that I like to watch again and again. This movie is one that I grab on those occasions I wish to just "enjoy" a movie. The four main actors are so great in their roles, as if each role was written especially for them. This is a Christmas movie that is certainly not just for the Yuletide season...You will not be disappointed by purchasing it even if you have never seen it before.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I love this movie. It has a great story line to it. It's very cute and loveable. I can watch it over and over again and not get sick of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Outstanding Romantic Comedy to Be Seen Over and Over

    This is a story that has truth and is quite relatable. The two women Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett are brilliant in their roles. They are fun and loveable. The portrayal of the story is excellently done. The cottage scenes in the UK are so idyllic. Jude Law is handsome and hot. His character is so outstanding and interesting. This really leads to a lively romantic comedy. I really enjoyed Jack Black in this film. I have seen him in others and didn't appreciate his performances. He was really lovable in his performance as the man Kate Winslett meets in L A . I especially enjoyed Kate and her interaction with the neighbor played by Eli Wallach. This was very heartwarming. It was so classic old Los Angeles history in Film making. Loved the movie! High recommendations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    REALLY LOVE IT

    It has been a long time I havent watched such a great movie like The Holiday. It's a romantic comedy that keep your eyes on the screen every minute of it.Made me cry the whole movie. GREATTTT... I rented but now I want to buy it so I can watch it any time I want, and I know I won't get tired of watching it.="

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was great

    i thought this movie was funny and romantic a movie definitly worth watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really, Really Good Love Story

    This is a really great movie. It's funny and romantic. It's cute and lovable. It's sweet and memorable. The acting is fantastic, the music is beautiful, the story is flawless and memorable. Everyone should watch The Holiday!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly good

    I will admit that I rolled my eyes when my wife pulled it off the shelf to rent, but I actually thought it was pretty good. Although rather ironic that she fell asleep and I stayed awake watching the movie. Worth a watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Usually don't like lovey dovey films

    This is a charming film. I am not a fan of Jude Law however is the film he is extremely likable. I would have preferred more time spent on the Winslet/Black romance but overall this was enjoyable to watch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A warm and very funny movie.

    I was surprised. Very surprised. The cast in this movie is so addictive. The story is very well played out. It is funny, sad, heart breaking, and great fun. I couldn't recommend this fantastic romantic comedy enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    utterly charming

    I was hesitant to watch this at first. The movie trailer didn't make me want to rush to the theater to see it. However, I am so glad I did. I now consider this not only one of my favorite romantic comedies but just one of my favorite movies! This move is filled with old-fashion charm and present day wit.

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