Four Weddings and a Funeral


It's a romantic film about love and friendship that swims in a sea of jokes." Curtis chose to omit any mention of the characters' careers, because he didn't think a group of friends would realistically discuss their jobs while together at a wedding. ===Casting=== Curtis, Newell and the producers began the casting process for Four Weddings in early 1992, and continued scouting possible actors even after funding fell through in mid-1992.


Finally in early 1993, Working Title Films stepped in to close the gap.

Nonetheless, another $1.2 million was cut just before production began in the summer of 1993, forcing the film to be made in just 36 days with a final budget of £2.7 million (appr.


Four Weddings and a Funeral is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell.

$4.4 million in 1994).

The soundtrack album sold more than 750,000 units. ==Release== Four Weddings and a Funeral had its world premiere in January 1994 at the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. It opened in the United States on 11 March 1994 in five theatres.

That doesn't ever happen." The film had a wide release in the United States on 15 April 1994. At the UK premiere in Leicester Square on 11 May 1994, Hugh Grant's then-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley garnered much publicity for the film when she wore a black Versace safety-pin dress which became a sensation in the press.

The film opened in the UK on 13 May 1994. ==Reception== ===Critical response=== On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 96% based on 69 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10.

Overall, it grossed $245.7 million worldwide, generating the highest percentage return on cost of films released in 1994.


The film's success propelled Hugh Grant to international stardom, particularly in the United States. In 1999, Four Weddings and a Funeral placed 23rd on the British Film Institute's 100 greatest British films of the 20th century.


The success of the film cleared Working Title's past losses and generated over $50 million for Polygram, clearing most of their losses in the four years since they started producing films. ===Recognition=== The film was voted the 27th greatest comedy film of all time by readers of Total Film in 2000.


This song would later be adapted into "Christmas Is All Around" and sung by the character of Billy Mack in Richard Curtis' 2003 film Love Actually, in which Grant also stars.


In 2004, the same magazine named it the 34th greatest British film of all time.


In 2016, Empire magazine ranked it 21st in their list of the 100 best British films.

Roughly 70 actors auditioned for the role of Charles before Hugh Grant did. Hugh Grant was ready to give up acting as a career when he received the script for Four Weddings and a Funeral; he stated in 2016 that: "I wasn't really getting any work at all, and then to my great surprise this script came through the letterbox from my agent, and it was really good.


In October 2018, it was announced Jessica Williams, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and John Reynolds had joined the cast. ===One Red Nose Day and a Wedding (2018)=== On 5 December 2018, it was announced that Richard Curtis had written One Red Nose Day and a Wedding, a 25th anniversary Comic Relief television reunion short film.

It was filmed from 13–14 December 2018 at St James' Church, Islington, London.


The 14-minute film premiered in the UK during Red Nose Day on Friday 15 March 2019.

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