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Four Weddings and a Funeral [1994] (movie)

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AboutFour 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. It was made in six weeks and cost under £3 million, becoming an unexpected success and the highest-grossing British film in cinema history at the time, with worldwide box office in excess of $245.7 million, and receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

The film follows the adventures of a group of friends through the eyes of Charles, a debonair but faux pas-prone Briton, who is smitten with Carrie, an American whom Charles repeatedly meets at four weddings and at a funeral.

The first wedding is that of Angus and Laura, at which Charles is the best man. Charles and his collection of single friends wonder if they will ever get married. At this wedding, Charles meets Carrie for the first time and spends the night with her. Carrie teases him by pretending that, now they have been to bed together, they will also have to get married, to which Charles endeavours to respond before realising she is joking. She then goes back home to America, observing that they may have missed an opportunity. The second wedding is that of Bernard and Lydia, a couple who got together at the previous wedding. Charles is happy to discover that Carrie is attending the wedding, until she introduces him to her fiancé, Sir Hamish Banks, a wealthy politician from Scotland. At the reception, Charles finds himself seated at a table with several ex-girlfriends who relate embarrassing stories about his inability to be discreet, and afterwards bumps into Henrietta, known among Charles' friends as "Duckface", with whom he had a particularly difficult relationship.

As the evening wears on, Charles finds himself in an empty hotel suite watching Carrie and Hamish leave in a taxicab, only to be trapped in the bath after the newlyweds suddenly stumble into the room to have sex. After Charles awkwardly exits the room, Henrietta confronts him about his habit of "serial monogamy", telling him that he is afraid of letting anyone get too close to him. Shortly after this encounter, Charles runs into Carrie (without her fiancé), and they end up spending another night together.

A month later, Charles receives an invitation to Carrie's wedding in Scotland. While shopping for a present in London he accidentally bumps into Carrie in a shop and ends up helping her select her wedding dress. Carrie also astonishes him with a list of her more than thirty sexual partners (he learns he is #32). He later tries to confess his love to her and hints that he would like to have a relationship with her. However, he says it rather lamely, and the confession obviously comes too late.

The third wedding is that of Carrie and Hamish at a Scottish castle. Charles attends, depressed at the prospect of Carrie's marrying Hamish. As the reception gets under way, Gareth instructs his friends to go forth and seek potential mates; Fiona's brother, Tom, stumbles through an attempt to connect with a woman until she innocently reveals that she is the minister's wife, while Charles's flatmate, Scarlett, strikes up a conversation with a tall, attractive American named Chester. As Charles watches Carrie and Hamish dance as husband and wife, Charles's friend Fiona deduces his feelings about Carrie. When Charles asks why Fiona is not married, she confesses that she has always loved Charles since they first met years ago. Charles is surprised and empathetic, but does not requite her love. During the groom's toast, Gareth dies suddenly of a heart attack.

The funeral is that of Gareth. At the funeral, Gareth's partner Matthew recites the poem Funeral Blues ("Stop all the clocks...") by W. H. Auden, commemorating his relationship with Gareth. After the funeral, Charles and Tom have a discussion about whether hoping to find your "one true love" is just a futile effort, and ponder that, while their clique have always viewed themselves as proud-to-be-single, Gareth and Matthew had in fact been a "married" couple among them all the while.

The fourth wedding takes place ten months later, and is that of Charles, who has decided to marry Henrietta. However, moments before the ceremony, Carrie arrives at the church and reveals to Charles that she and Hamish are no longer together. Charles has a crisis of confidence, which he reveals to his deaf brother David and Matthew. At the altar, when the vicar asks if anyone knows a reason why the couple should not marry, David asks Charles to translate for him, and says in sign language that he suspects the groom is having doubts and loves someone else. The vicar asks whether Charles does love someone else, and Charles replies, "I do." Henrietta punches Charles, bringing the wedding to an abrupt halt. Carrie visits Charles afterward to apologise for coming to the wedding. Charles confesses that, while standing at the altar, he realised that for the first time in his life he totally and utterly loved one person, "and it wasn't the person standing next to me in the veil." Charles makes a proposal of lifelong commitment without marriage to Carrie, saying, "Do you think not being married to me might maybe be something you could consider doing for the rest of your life?" Carrie responds by saying, "I do."

The song "Chapel of Love" is then played as we see Henrietta marrying an officer in the Grenadier Guards, David marrying his girlfriend Serena, Scarlett marrying Chester, Tom marrying his distant cousin Deirdre (whom he met, for the second time in 25 years, at Charles's wedding and instantly fell for), Matthew with a new partner, Fiona marrying Prince Charles, and Charles and Carrie with their son (apparently unmarried).

Danish Title - Fire bryllupper og en begravelse
Finnish Title - Neljät häät ja yhdet hautajaiset
French Title - Quatre mariages et un enterrement
German Title - Vier Hochzeiten und ein Todesfall
Italian Title - Quattro matrimoni e un funerale
Norwegian Title - Fire bryllup og en gravferd
Polish Title - Cztery wesela i pogrzeb
Portuguese Title - Quatro Casamentos e um Funeral
Spanish Title - Cuatro bodas y un funeral
Swedish Title - Fyra bröllop och en begravning
Film Director - Mike Newell
Written By - Richard Curtis
Executive Producer - Duncan Kenworthy
Music By - Richard Rodney Bennett
Edited By - Jon Gregory
Release Date - May 13, 1994 (United Kingdom)
Running Time - 1 hour 57 minutes
Country - United Kingdom

Main cast
Hugh Grant as Charles
Andie MacDowell as Carrie
Timothy Walker as Angus
Sara Crowe as Laura
David Haig as Bernard
Sophie Thompson as Lydia
Corin Redgrave as Sir Hamish Banks
Anna Chancellor as Henrietta
Simon Callow as Gareth
James Fleet as Tom
Charlotte Coleman as Scarlett
Kristin Scott Thomas as Fiona
John Hannah as Matthew
David Bower as David
Robin McCaffrey as Serena
Duncan Kenworthy as Matthew's new boyfriend

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