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Encyclopedia > Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral

original film poster
Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by Duncan Kenworthy
Working Title Films
Channel Four Films
Written by Richard Curtis
Starring Hugh Grant
Andie MacDowell
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Distributed by 1994 UK theatrical
Rank Film Distributors
1994 USA theatrical
Gramercy Pictures
Present day
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) Flag of United States 9 March 1994
Flag of Australia 5 May 1994
Flag of United Kingdom 13 May 1994
Flag of New Zealand 10 June 1994
Running time 117 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
British Sign Language
IMDb profile

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. It was the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. The film was an unexpected success, becoming the highest-grossing British film in cinema history with worldwide box office in excess of $244 million worldwide.[1] Image File history File links Four_weddings_and_a_funeral. ... Michael Cormac Newell (born March 28, 1942) is an English director and producer of motion pictures for the screen and for television. ... Duncan Kenworthy is a British film and television producer, and co-founder of the production company DNA Films. ... Current company logo, introduced in 1999. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... Richard Curtis in London, 1999 Richard Curtis CBE, (born 8 November 1956), is a New Zealand-born British screenwriter, best known for the TV programmes Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley as well as movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ... Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American screen actress. ... Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (born March 29, 1936) is a British composer. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Gramercy Pictures was a major film distributor, a joint venture of Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Pictures. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (126th in leap years). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... British Sign Language (BSL) is the sign language used in the United Kingdom (UK), and is the first or preferred language of an unknown number of Deaf people in the UK (published estimates range from 30,000 to 250,000 but it is likely that the lower figures are more... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... Michael Cormac Newell (born March 28, 1942) is an English director and producer of motion pictures for the screen and for television. ... Richard Curtis in London, 1999 Richard Curtis CBE, (born 8 November 1956), is a New Zealand-born British screenwriter, best known for the TV programmes Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley as well as movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ...

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Synopsis

The film follows the adventures of a group of friends through the eyes of Charles, a frequently tongue-tied and faux pas-prone Englishman, played by Grant, who is smitten by Carrie, an attractive American played by MacDowell, whom Charles repeatedly meets at weddings and at a funeral.


The first wedding is that of Angus and Laura (Timothy Walker and Sara Crowe). Charles and his collection of single friends are concerned that they will never get married. At this wedding, Charles meets Carrie for the first time and spends the night with her, but she regards it as a one-night stand.


The second wedding is that of Bernard and Lydia (David Haig and Sophie Thompson), a couple who had met at the previous wedding. This sequence features Rowan Atkinson in a cameo as an inexperienced priest. The reception is not an enjoyable one for Charles, who finds himself seated on a table with several ex-girlfriends, as well as bumping into Henrietta (known by her friends as "Duckface"), with whom he has had a difficult relationship in the past. His terrible evening is completed when he hears that Carrie is engaged to Hamish, a wealthy Scottish politician. Charles and Carrie still spend the night together. David Haig is a British character actor. ... Sophie Thompson (b. ... Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder and Mr. ... Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from his feature film Taxi Driver. ...


During the interim period, Charles meets Carrie while searching for an affordable wedding present and ends up helping to choose one. Carrie also astonishes him with a list of 30+ sexual partners. He later confesses to her that if her wedding is unsuccessful, he would like to have a relationship with her but she politely declines.


The third wedding is that of Carrie at a Scottish castle. Charles attends, depressed. At the reception, Charles's friend Fiona confesses that she has always loved him, but Charles does not requite her love. At the wedding Charles's friend Gareth (Simon Callow) dies suddenly of a heart attack. Simon Philip Hugh Callow, CBE (born June 15, 1949 in London, England) is a highly-regarded British actor of stage, film and television, and a biographer of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


The funeral is that of Gareth. At the funeral, Matthew (John Hannah in one of his first screen roles) recites the poem Funeral Blues ("Stop all the clocks...") by W. H. Auden. Charles and Tom (James Fleet) have a discussion about the nature of true love. John Hannah (born April 23, 1962) is a Scottish actor from East Kilbride. ... Funeral Blues is a poem first published in 1936 by W. H. Auden. ... Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) (IPA: ; first syllable of Auden rhymes with law), who signed his works W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. ... James Fleet is a British actor, most famous for his role as the bumbling and well-meaning Tom in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. ...


The fourth wedding is that of Charles, who has decided to marry Henrietta out of desperation. However, at the wedding, he meets Carrie, who has separated from her husband. At the altar, when the vicar asks if anyone knows a reason why the couple should not marry, Charles's deaf brother David (David Bower) uses sign language to announce that Charles doesn't love Henrietta. Henrietta punches Charles and the wedding is abruptly halted. David Bower (1969-) is a deaf actor who is best known for his role as David, the younger brother of Charles, in the comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. ... Two sign language Intepreters working as a team for a school. ...


At the end, Carrie visits Charles, who is recovering from the debacle, to apologise for attending. Charles confesses that he has finally realised the person he would like to spend his life with is not the woman he was about to marry. He doesn't want to get married at all, but he does want Carrie to be his partner. The couple then vow that they will never, ever, marry.


The end credits include a montage of photographs documenting the futures of other characters in the film. All are shown on their individual wedding days, except for Fiona, who is shown (satirically) with Prince Charles. The happily-unmarried Carrie and Charles are pictured with their baby boy. The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George[2]; born 14 November 1948), is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ...


Soundtrack

The original score was composed by British classical composer Richard Rodney Bennett. The movie also featured a crowd-pleasing soundtrack of popular songs, including a cover version of Love Is All Around performed by Wet Wet Wet that remained at number 1 in the British charts for fifteen weeks and was then the ninth (now twelfth) biggest selling single of all time in Britain. Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (born March 29, 1936) is a British composer. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Love Is All Around is a song composed by Reg Presley and performed by the Troggs. ... Wet Wet Wet are a successful Scottish pop band of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. ...


Locations

Despite appearing to be set all over the UK almost all the filming locations were in London and the Home Counties. They include Betchworth in Surrey, Amersham in Buckinghamshire and West Thurrock in Essex. Even the scenes set in Scotland were filmed at stately homes in Surrey and Hampshire.[1] The phrase Home Counties is used to designate the group of English counties which border or surround London. ... Betchworth is a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley district of Surrey, England. ... Should not be confused with Surry. ... Amersham (previously Agmondesham) is a market town 27 miles north west of London, in the Chiltern Hills, England. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... West Thurrock is a place in the borough of Thurrock in England. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ...


Principal cast

Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning English actor. ... Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American screen actress. ... James Fleet is a British actor, most famous for his role as the bumbling and well-meaning Tom in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell. ... Simon Philip Hugh Callow, CBE (born June 15, 1949 in London, England) is a highly-regarded British actor of stage, film and television, and a biographer of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. ... John Hannah (born April 23, 1962) is a Scottish actor from East Kilbride. ... Kristin Scott Thomas OBE (born May 24, 1960) is a British actress. ... David Bower (1969-) is a deaf actor who is best known for his role as David, the younger brother of Charles, in the comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. ... Charlotte Ninon Coleman (April 3, 1968 - November 14, 2001) was a British actress. ... Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder and Mr. ... Anna Chancellor as Questular Rontok in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Anna Chancellor (b. ...

Awards and recognition

Award wins

48th BAFTA Awards 1995 Best Film: Four Weddings and a Funeral Best Film - British: Shallow Grave The 49th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1995, honoured the best films of 1994. ... This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film for each year, in addition to the retired earlier versions of those awards. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... 1952 British Ralph Richardson for his part in The Sound Barrier Foreign Marlon Brando for his part in Viva Zapata! 1953 British John Gielgud for his part in Julius Caesar Foreign Marlon Brando for his part in Julius Caesar 1954 British Kenneth More for his part in Doctor in the... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Australian Film Institute (AFI), established in 1958, is an organisation that promotes Australian film and television through the annual AFI Awards, a membership program and AFI film events throughout the year. ... The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year. ... The César Award is the national film award of France first given out in 1975. ... César Award for Best Foreign Film: 1976: Scent of a Woman (Italy), directed by Dino Risi 1977: We All Loved Each Other So Much (Italy), directed by Ettore Scola 1978: A Special Day (Italy), directed by Ettore Scola 1979: The Tree with the Wooden Clogs (Italy), directed by Ermanno... 7th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards The 7th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards honored the finest achievements in 1994 filmmaking. ... 52nd Golden Globe Awards January 21, 1995 Picture - Drama: Forrest Gump Picture - Musical or Comedy: The Lion King TV Series - Drama: The X-Files TV Series - Musical or Comedy: Frasier & Mad About You The 52nd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1994, were held on... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ...

Award nominations

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Recognition

The film was voted the 27th greatest comedy film of all time by readers of Total Film in 2000. In 2004, the same magazine named it the 34th greatest British film of all time. It is number 96 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...


Popular culture references

The film's title became a popular catchphrase at the time.

  • On an episode of The Simpsons, an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon was called Four Funerals and a Wedding, a joke that was also used in Harry Enfield and Chums.
  • In The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Shakespeare's comedies are grouped together under the title Four Weddings and a Transvestite.
  • In Ocean's Twelve, Linus Caldwell makes the mistaken assumption that Julia Roberts, who plays a character in the film that is meant to closely resemble the real-life actress, was in Four Weddings and a Funeral, which Julia Roberts' character disputes.
  • In an episode of Married...with Children Al and Peggy are in a video store trying to pick a video to watch. When Peggy asks if he'd like to watch Four Weddings and a Funeral, Al responds "That's five of the same thing!"

Simpsons redirects here. ... Itchy and Scratchy The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a fictional television cartoon show within the television cartoon show The Simpsons (see show-within-a-show). ... This is a list of the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons shown on The Simpsons. ... Harry Enfields Television Programme is a British sketch show starring Harry Enfield. ... The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a parody of the plays written by William Shakespeare with all of them being performed (in shortened form) during the show. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Married. ...

See also

Notting Hill is a 1999 romantic comedy film set in the Notting Hill district of London, England, UK. The screenplay was written by Richard Curtis who had previously written Four Weddings and a Funeral. ...

References

  1. ^ Business Data for Four Weddings and a Funeral Internet Movie Database, accessed February 15, 2007.

External links

Preceded by
Schindler's List
BAFTA Award for Best Film
1995
Succeeded by
Sense and Sensibility
tied with The Usual Suspects

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Four Weddings and a Funeral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (444 words)
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell.
The funeral scene is particularly remembered for John Hannah's performance of the poem Funeral Blues ("Stop all the clocks") by W.
On an episode of The Simpsons, an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon was called Four Funerals and a Wedding.
Four Weddings and a Funeral - definition of Four Weddings and a Funeral in Encyclopedia (272 words)
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell and starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
They keep meeting up at weddings (and the funeral of an ebulluent middle-aged gay man played memorably by Simon Callow).
Featuring Rowan Atkinson in a notable cameo playing an inexperienced priest, and John Hannah in one of his first screen roles, the movie was appreciated by audiences for its witty script (written by Richard Curtis) and the considerable charisma of its actors, especially Grant and MacDowell.
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