Notting Hill (1999, Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant)

Poster for the movie "Notting Hill"
PG-13 124 min - Comedy - 13 May 1999
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Divorcee William Thacker (Hugh Grant) runs an unprofitable bookshop in a trendy London neighbourhood, which attracts American movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) as a customer. Minutes later they collide in the street, William accidentally covering her in orange juice. He invites her to his flat to clean up, and she impulsively kisses him before leaving.

When William's idle flatmate Spike (Rhys Ifans) fails to give him a message from Anna, William wonders if she has tried to contact him. Days later, they finally arrange a date, but William is forced to pose as a journalist to meet her, and then picks up the pieces after the tabloids publish nude shots of Anna as a teenager, forcing her to seek refuge back at his flat. The next morning, with the area is swamped with reporters, Anna accuses William of kiss-and-tell betrayal and leaves. William must summon all his charm, ingenuity and patience if there is to be a happy ending…

Curtis's script is a litany of one-liners balanced by a commentary on the pressures of fame: "I've been on a diet since I was 19," complains the svelte Julia, aware of Hollywood's body fascism. Ironically, Rhys Ifans pays this no notice, spends all but one scene with a woodbine and workman's arse, and steals the film.

Grant's patrician charm is undeniable and the film went on to become the biggest British movie of all time, with $300 million in global receipts. It sparked a boom in tourism, and a charity auction featuring the famous blue door (formerly owned by Curtis, in his own flat) saw a bidding frenzy, with Rhys Ifans' unwashed smalls going for £420 before being spirited back to Wales by an eager patriot!

Director:  Roger Michell
Producer:  Duncan Kenworthy
Composer:  Trevor Jones
Director of Photography:  Michael Coulter

Production Details

Release Date:  13 May 1999

Running Time:  2 h 04 min

Genres: Comedy

Language:  English, Spanish

Tagline: Can the most famous film star in the world fall for the man on the street?

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $42,000,000
Revenue:  $363,889,678