Notting Hill

Polygram Filmed Entertainment Released 1999




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Roger Michell

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?



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.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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?

    • 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:
      Written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer
      Performed by Elvis Costello
      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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Comedy, Drama


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