Notting Hill script
Notting Hill (1999)
Synopsis: William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a full-blown affair. As the average bloke and glamorous movie star draw closer and closer together, they struggle to reconcile their radically different lifestyles in the name of love.

He salutes and bolts out the door -- as he does, a woman walks in.

We only just glimpse her.

Cut to William working. He looks up casually. And sees

something. His reaction is hard to read. After a pause...

WILLIAM:

Can I help you?

It is Anna Scott, the biggest movie star in the world -- here --

in his shop. The most divine, subtle, beautiful woman on earth.

When she speaks she is very self-assured and self-contained.

ANNA:

No, thanks. I'll just look around.

WILLIAM:

Fine.

She wanders over to a shelf as he watches her -- and picks out a

quite smart coffee table book.

WILLIAM:

That book's really not good -- just

in case, you know, browsing turned to

buying. You'd be wasting your money.

ANNA:

Really?

WILLIAM:

Yes. This one though is... very

good.

He picks up a book on the counter.

WILLIAM:

I think the man who wrote it has

actually been to Turkey, which helps.

There's also a very amusing incident

with a kebab.

ANNA:

Thanks. I'll think about it.

William suddenly spies something odd on the small TV monitor

beside him.

WILLIAM:

If you could just give me a second.

Her eyes follow him as he moves toward the back of the shop and

approaches a man in slightly ill-fitting clothes.

WILLIAM:

Excuse me.

THIEF:

Yes.

WILLIAM:

Bad news.

THIEF:

What?

WILLIAM:

We've got a security camera in this

bit of the shop.

THIEF:

So?

WILLIAM:

So, I saw you put that book down your

trousers.

THIEF:

What book?

WILLIAM:

The one down your trousers.

THIEF:

I haven't got a book down my trousers.

WILLIAM:

Right -- well, then we have something

of an impasse. I tell you what --

I'll call the police -- and,what can

I say? -- If I'm wrong about the whole

book-down-the-trousers scenario, I

really apologize.

THIEF:

Okay -- what if I did have a book down

my trousers?

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Richard Curtis

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a New Zealand-born English screenwriter, producer and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. more…

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