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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994, Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell)

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Four Weddings and a Funeral, the award-winning comedy of manners, is one of the most commercially successful British films of all time. Directed by Mike Newell and starring HUGH GRANT, ANDIE MACDOWELL, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, SIMON CALLOW and ROWAN ATKINSON, it is a tale of 8 friends, 5 priests, 11 wedding dresses, 16 parents-in-law, 2,000 champagne glasses and two people who belong together but insist on staying apart.

Englishman Charles (Hugh Grant), witty, charming but at 32, unable to commit to any of his series of attractive girlfriends, attends a friend’s wedding and sees Carrie (Andie MacDowell), an American and the most beautiful, unusual, sharp-witted and exclusive girl he has ever encountered. Charles tries hard not to pursue her and very hard not to fall in love with her throughout their meetings at one funeral and three weddings. Despite the fact that one of the weddings was Carrie’s own, Charles finally faces up to the idea that this is the woman with whom he wants to spend his life. Unfortunately, this truth only hits him when he is standing at the altar of a grand English church, awaiting the arrival of his own bride.

Leading British filmmaker Mike Newell had previously directed the Oscar-nominated Enchanted April and the award-winning Dance with a Stranger. The script was written by Richard Curtis, the writing talent behind the television hit series Blackadder and Mr Bean and writer of Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bean – four of the highest grossing film comedies of all time. The film’s instant box office success in America rocketed Hugh Grant to Hollywood stardom and the film is recognised as the most successful British film ever in terms of critical acclaim and box office receipts. Four Weddings won five BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, and two Evening Standard Awards.

production details
UK / 117 minutes / 1994

Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Richard Curtis

cast
Corin Redgrave as Hamish – Wedding Two
Hugh Grant as Charles
Andie MacDowell as Carrie
James Fleet as Tom
Simon Callow as Gareth
John Hannah as Matthew
Kristin Scott Thomas as Fiona
David Bower as David
Charlotte Coleman as Scarlett
Rowan Atkinson as Father Gerald
Anna Chancellor as Henrietta – Wedding Two
Timothy Walker as Angus
Sara Crowe as Laura
Ronald Herdman as Vicar
Elspet Gray as Laura’s Mother
Philip Voss as Laura’s Father
Rupert Vansittart as George the Boor at The Boatman
Nicola Walker as Frightful Folk Duo
Struan Rodger as Best Man – Wedding Three
David Haig as Bernard the Groom – Wedding Two
Sophie Thompson as Lydia the Bride – Wedding Two
Amanda Mealing as Naughty Nicki – Wedding Two
Bernice Stegers as Shop Assistant – Wedding Two
Robert Lang as Lord Hibbott – Wedding Two
Jeremy Kemp as Sir John Delaney – Wedding Two
Ken Drury as Vicar – Wedding Three
Polly Kemp as Miss Piggy – Wedding Two