Notting Hill

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Polygram Filmed Entertainment Released 1999

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Director:
Roger Michell
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13

Ana Scott is a well-known movie star who happens into William Thacker's London bookstore. Recently divorced, Will lives with a quirky Welshman, Spike. Ana leaves a message for Will to stop by her hotel, the Ritz. After pretending he is a reporter, Will interviews Ana about her new film, even though he has not seen it. Will winds up taking Ana as his date to his sister, Honey's birthday party. Ana feels right at home with Will's family and friends so they continue to see each other until one evening when Will takes Ana back to her room and her American boyfriend, Jeff King is there waiting for her. Will pretends to be a waiter and leaves. Ana winds up on Will's doorstep seeking privacy. In the morning, Will is as stunned as Ana to find the paparazzi at his door. Ana mistakes this for a betrayal and leaves. The viewer watches the seasons change and realize that although a year has passed, Will has not forgotten Ana. He decides to visit the set of a film she is working on and overhears Ana refer to him as "just some guy." Saddened, he leaves without a word. The next day Ana comes to the bookstore with a gift and attempts to repair their relationship. Later, Will tells his friends that he rejected Ana. Will his friends support him in his decision or try to stop him from making the biggest mistake of his life? Can William find Ana and, if he does, what will happen to their relationship?

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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is bright, the dialogue has wit and intelligence, and Roberts and Grant are very easy to like. By the end, as much as we're aware of the ancient story machinery groaning ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The movie has lots of glossy charm even if Ms. Roberts and Grant seem less like lovers than members of a support group for the desperately attractive.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A smartly cast and consistently amusing romantic comedy.

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Max: You didn't sleep with her, did you?
        Will: That is a cheap question, and the answer is, of course, no comment.
        Max: No comment means "yes".
        Will: No, it doesn't.
        Max: Do you ever masturbate?
        Will: Definitely no comment.
        Max: You see, it means "yes".

      • Will: Is this your first film?
        12 Year Old Actress: No, it's my 22nd.
        Will: Of course it is. Any favourites among the twenty two?
        12 Year Old Actress: Working with Leonardo.
        Will: Da Vinci?
        12 Year Old Actress: DiCaprio.
        Will: Of course. [chuckles] And is-- is he your favourite Italian director?

      • Customer: Do you have any books by Dickens?
        Will: No. No I'm afraid, um, we're a travel bookshop, er, we only sell travel books.
        Customer: Oh, Right. How about the new John Grisham thriller?
        Will: Well, no, 'cause that's, uh, that's a novel too isn't it?
        Customer: Oh, right. Have you got Winnie the Pooh?
        Will: Martin, your customer.

      • Spike: (eating from a small carton) There's something wrong with this yoghurt.
        Will: It's not yoghurt, it's mayonnaise.

      • Will: (Will has just let Anna change at his house after spilling orange juice all over her) Would you like a cup of tea before you go?
        Anna: No.
        Will: Coffee?
        Anna: No.
        Will: Orange juice... probably not. Um, something else cold. Coke, water? Some disgusting sugary drink pretending to have something to do with fruits of the forest?
        Anna: No.
        Will: Would you like something to eat? Uh, something to nibble? Um, apricots, soaked in honey? Quite why, no one knows, because it stops them tasting of apricots and makes them taste like honey, and if you wanted honey, you just buy honey instead of... apricots. Um, but never the less, there we go there. They're yours if you want them?
        Anna: No.

      • Martin: Do you know, this is, this is pretty amazing actually. But, I once saw Ringo Starr.
        Will: Where was that?
        Martin: Kensington high street. At least I think it was Ringo, it might have been that man from Fiddler on the Roof. You know, Toppy.
        Will: Topol.
        Martin: Yeah, that-- T-- Topol.
        Will: Actually, Ringo Starr doesn't look at all like uh, Topol.
        Martin: Yeah, but he was, he was quite a long way away from me.
        Will: So actually, it could have been neither of them.
        Martin: Yes, I suppose so, yes.
        Will: It's not a classic anecdote, is it?

    • NOTES (5)

      • Production Budget - $42,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $116,089,678 (16th)
        Worldwide Gross - $363,889,678 (7th)

        Domestic Adjusted fro 2013 - $186,474,758
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $584,515,703

      • Other production companies:
        Working Title Films
        Bookshop Productions
        Universal (distributor)

      • Filming locations include:
        Coronet Cinema, Notting Hill, London, England
        Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England
        Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, Hampstead, London, England
        Nobu Restaurant, Metropolitan Hotel, Mayfair, London, England
        Savoy Hotel, Strand, London, England
        Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
        The Hempel Hotel, Bayswater, London, England
        The Ritz, Piccadilly, London, England
        UCI Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, Soho, London, England
        Notting Hill, London, England

      • Music:
        She
        Written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer
        Performed by Elvis Costello
        She
        Written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer
        Performed by Charles Aznavour
        Born to Cry
        Written by Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, and Mark Webber
        Performed by Pulp
        In Our Lifetime
        Written by John McElhone and Sharleen Spiteri
        Performed by Texas
        Happy Birthday
        Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
        When You Say Nothing at All
        Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
        Performed by Ronan Keating
        How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
        Written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
        Performed by Al Green
        Ain't No Sunshine
        Written by Bill Withers
        Performed by Bill Withers
        Blue Moon
        Music by Richard Rodgers
        Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
        You've Got a Away
        Written by Shania Twain and Robert John Lange
        Performed by Shania Twain
        Turn the Lights Down Low
        Written by Bob Marley
        Performed by Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill
        From the Heart
        Performed by Another Level
        Written by Diane Warren
        Gimme Some Lovin'
        Written by Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood, and Muff Winwood
        Performed by Spencer Davis Group
        No Matter What
        Performed by Boyzone

      • Golden Globes Nominations:
        1. Best Comedy/Musical
        2. Actor - Hugh Grant  (won by Jim Carrey for Man On The Moon)
        3. Actress - Julia Roberts  (won by Janet McTeer for Tumbleweeds)

        BAFTA Nominations:
        1. Alexander Korda Award
        2. Supporting Actor - Rhys Ifans  (won by Jude Law for The Talented Mr. Ripley)

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    Categories

    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Showbiz, celebrity life, Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy, British TV