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Bridget Jones's Diary

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sharon Maguire
Produced by Tim Bevan
Jonathan Cavendish
Eric Fellner
Written by Helen Fielding
Andrew Davies
Richard Curtis
Starring Renée Zellweger
Hugh Grant
Colin Firth
Jim Broadbent
Gemma Jones
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Editing by Martin Walsh
Studio StudioCanal
Working Title Films
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Universal Pictures (non-USA)
Release date(s) 4 April 2001
Running time 97 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $26 million
Gross revenue $281,929,795
Followed by The Edge of Reason

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film, based on the novel of the same name written by Helen Fielding. The adaptation stars Academy award winner Renée Zellweger as Bridget, Golden Globe winner Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Academy Award nominee Colin Firth as Bridget's "true love" Mark Darcy. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was released in 2004.

Before the film was released, a considerable amount of controversy surrounded the casting of the American Zellweger as what some saw as a quintessentially British heroine. However, her performance is widely considered to be of a high standard, including her English accent.

Helen Fielding has stated in many interviews that her novel was based upon both Jane Austen's work Pride and Prejudice and the popular 1995 BBC adaptation Pride and Prejudice. This was also reflected in the decision to cast Colin Firth as Darcy, since he played the 'real' Mr Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This is not the film's only connection to that serial – the screenplay was co-written by Andrew Davies, who had written the adaptation of Austen's novel for the BBC.[1] Another co-writer was Richard Curtis, and there are elements of Four Weddings and a Funeral and even more so of Notting Hill.

The director of the film, Sharon Maguire, is one of Fielding's friends whom the character of "Shazzer" was reportedly based on. In the film "Shazzer" was played by Sally Phillips.

Renee Zellweger was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.



Bridget Jones is frustrated; in her early thirties, still single, and worried about her weight. She works in publicity at a book publishing company in London where her main focus is fantasizing about her boss Daniel Cleaver. At a Christmas party hosted by her parents, she meets Mark Darcy, the barrister son of her parents' friends. After their initial meeting, Mark thinks that Bridget is a fool, and Bridget thinks that he is arrogant and rude. On New Year's Day, she finally decides to turn it all around and starts her own diary, which covers all her attempts to stop smoking, lose weight, and catch her Mr. Right.

Bridget and Daniel begin to flirt heavily at work, first over email. They eventually start dating, despite the fact that he is a notorious womanizer with a questionable personality, which Bridget is aware of, stating earlier in the film that he is an "alcoholic, workaholic, peeping-tom, megalomaniac, emotional fuckwit and a pervert". Bridget learns from Daniel that he and Mark have a history and as a result, hate each other. Daniel informs Bridget of their fallout, telling her that Mark broke their friendship by sleeping with his fiancée.

Daniel's dubious character becomes clearer and clearer to Bridget, and eventually she breaks off their relationship when she catches him with another woman, a colleague of his, Lara, from work in New York. She finds a new job in television. In the meantime, she and Mark have a series of run-ins at a book launch, at a bed-and-breakfast, and at a mutual friend's dinner party. During the party, Mark (who has come to the dinner with his colleague, Natasha) privately confesses to Bridget that, despite Bridget's faults, he likes her just the way that she is. He later helps her to land a major interview for work. Bridget begins to develop feelings for Mark. Just as Bridget and Mark's mutual attraction for each other comes together at a birthday dinner party hosted by Bridget, Daniel comes back into the picture claiming Bridget's attention. Mark originally leaves the party, but comes back to face Daniel. Mark punches Daniel and the two fight, resulting in Daniel passing out. Bridget, still thinking that Daniel had been the wronged one, chastises Mark. Afterward, she tells Daniel that she doesn't want to be with him.

Bridget eventually learns the truth about Mark and Daniel's fallout, in which Daniel had seduced Mark's ex-wife when they were still married. At a dinner party the same day, Bridget confesses her feelings for Mark, only to find out that he and Natasha are both leaving to accept jobs in New York. Just as Bridget starts to embark on a trip to Paris with her friends to mend her broken heart, Mark returns to stay with Bridget.

As they're about to kiss for the first time, Bridget exits to her bedroom to change her undergarments, remarking that it is "an occasion for genuinely tiny knickers". While Bridget is changing, Mark spies her diary, in which she has written many insults about him. Bridget returns to find that he has left. Realising that he had read her diary and that she might potentially lose him again, Bridget runs outside after him in a thin coat and her undergarments. Unable to find him and disheartened, she is about to return home when Mark appears holding a new diary. It becomes apparent that the new diary was to be a gift from Mark to give their relationship a fresh start. They kiss in the snow-covered streets and the movie concludes.



The movie's soundtrack was composed by Patrick Doyle.

It also features two hit songs which were released as singles, "Out of Reach" by Gabrielle and "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell. Aaron Soul's song "Ring, Ring, Ring" was used in the film and released as a single, but did not make the soundtrack. Robbie Williams contributed two songs to the soundtrack and Sheryl Crow contributed one. "

  1. "Killin' Kind" by Shelby Lynne
  2. "Kiss That Girl" by Sheryl Crow
  3. "Love" by Rosey
  4. "Have You Met Miss Jones?" by Robbie Williams
  5. "All by Myself" by Jamie O'Neal
  6. "Just Perfect" by Tracy Bonham
  7. "Dreamsome" by Shelby Lynne
  8. "Not Of This Earth" by Robbie Williams
  9. "Out of Reach" by Gabrielle
  10. "Someone Like You" by Dina Carroll
  11. "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell
  12. "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" by Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye
  13. "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan
  14. "Pretender Got My Heart" by Alisha's Attic
  15. "It's Only A Diary" by Patrick Doyle

Soundtrack chart positions

Year Chart Position
2001 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
2001 UK Albums Chart 2
Preceded by
Moulin Rouge! (soundtrack) by Various artists
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
13 August - 9 September 2001
17 September - 23 September 2001
Succeeded by
A Funk Odyssey by Jeff Kingsley

See also

  • Borough market, the filming location
  • My Lovely Sam Soon, a Korean series with some thematic and narrative similarities
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the sequel film


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 film, based on the 1996 book of the same name. It is about the life of a single thirtysomething woman in London.

Directed by Sharon Maguire. Written by Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis and Andrew Davies.



  • It all began on New Years day, in my 32nd year of being single. Once again I found myself on my own and going to my mother's annual turkey curry buffet. Every year she tries to fix me up with some bushy-haired, middle-aged bore and I feared this year would be no exception.
  • My mum, a strange creature from the time when a gherkin was still the height of sophistication.
  • And that was it. Right there. That was the moment. I suddenly realised that unless something changed soon I was going to live a life where my major relationship was with a bottle of wine... and I'd finally die, fat and alone, and be found three weeks later half-eaten by Alsatians. Or I was about to turn into Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.
  • Resolution number one: Obviously will lose twenty pounds. Number two: Equally important, will find sensible boyfriend to go out with and not continue to form romantic attachments to any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits or perverts. And especially will not fantasise about a particular person who embodies all these things... Unfortunately he just happens to be my boss, editor in chief Daniel Cleaver, and for various slightly unfair reasons relating to this year's Christmas party I suspect he does not fantasize about me.
  • Daily phonecall from Jude, lawyer...who spends most of her time crying in the loo's over fuckwit boyfriends.
  • Shazzer, journalist. Likes to say "fuck" a lot.
  • Tom, 80's pop icon who only wrote one hit record then retired because he found that one record was quite enough to get him laid for the whole of the 90's. Total poof, of course.
  • Major dilemma. If actually do, by some terrible chance, end up in flagrante surely these would be most attractive at crucial moment. (holds up thong) However, chances of reaching crucial moment greatly increased by wearing these scary stomach-holding-in pants very popular with grannies the world over. Tricky. Very tricky.
  • (Answering phone) Bridget Jones, wanton sex goddess, with a very bad man between her thighs... Mum, hi.
  • At times like this, continuing with one's life seems impossible... and eating the entire contents of one's fridge seems inevitable. I have two choices: to give up and accept permanent state of spinsterhood and eventualy be eaten by alsatians... or not, and this time i choose not. I will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect! Instead, i choose vodka. And Chaka Khan.
  • (rummaging through her fridge) Where the fuck is the fucking tuna?

(imitating her line on TV) This is Bridget Jones for Sit Up Britain searching for the tuna.


  • Don't be silly, Bridget. You'll never get a boyfriend if you look like you've wandered out of Auschwitz. ~Mother
  • Mother, I do not need a blind date. Particularly not with some verbally incontinent spinster who smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish and dresses like her mother. ~Mark
  • I don't think you're an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother's pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever's in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences... But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are. ~ Mark
  • Now, these are very silly little boots, Jones. And this is a very silly little dress. And, um, these are- fuck me, absolutely enormous pants. ~Daniel
  • I can't believe you said what you said you said. ~Jude
  • Come the fuck on, Bridget! ~ Tom
  • Oh,fuck me, I love Keats. Have you heard this one?...
"There was a young woman from Ealing,
 who had a peculiar feeling.
 She lay on her back and opened her crack,
 and pissed all over the ceiling." ~Daniel


Bridget: I'm sorry, I'm not quite fi... [interrupted by seeing Mark]
Mark: Good afternoon.
Bridget: Hi! You like me just the way I am...
Mark: Sorry?
Bridget: Nothing.

Bridget: [as Una Alconberry] No Pam. And besides I'm busy, gravy needs sieveing.
Mark: [as Pamela Jones] Surely not, just stir it Una.

Mother: Come on. Why don't we see if Mark wants a gherkin.
Bridget: Maybe this was the mysterious Mr. Right I'd been waiting my whole life to meet. (Sees his reindeer jumper) Maybe not.
Mother: Mark! You remember Bridget. She used to run around your lawn with no clothes on, remember?

Daniel: If walking past my office was attempt to demonstrate presence of skirt, can only say that it has failed parlously-- Cleave.
Bridget: Shut up, please. I am very busy and important. P.S. How dare you sexually harass me in this impertinent manner?
Daniel: Message Jones. Mortified to have caused offense. Will avoid all non-P.C. overtones in future. Deeply apologetic. P.S. Like your tits in that top.

Perpetua: Anyone going to introduce me?
Bridget: Ah, introduce people with thoughtful details. Perpetua, this is Mark Darcy. Mark's a prematurely middle-aged prick with a cruel-raced ex-wife. Perpetua's a fart-ass old bag who spends her time bossing me around... Maybe not.
Perpetua: Anyone going to introduce me?
Bridget: Ah, Perpetua. This is Mark Darcy. Mark's a top barrister. He comes from Grafton Underwood. Perpetua's one of my work colleagues.
Perpetua: Oh, Mark, I know you by reputation of course.
Mark: (Natasha arrives) Ah, Natasha. This is Bridget Jones. Bridget, this is Natasha. Natasha is a top attorney and specializes in family law. Bridget is in advertising and used to play naked in my paddling pool.

Boss: So, why do you want to work in television?
Bridget: I've got to leave my current job because I've shagged my boss.
Boss: Fair enough. Start Monday. We'll see how we go. And, incidentally, at 'Sit Up, Britain', no one ever gets sacked for shaggin' the boss.

Mark: I don't think you're an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother's pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever's in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences. I realize that when I met you at the Turkey Curry Buffet that I was unforgiveably rude... and wearing a reindeer jumper... that my mother had given me the day before. But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you. Very much.
Bridget: [Bitterly] Apart from the smoking and the drinking and the vulgar mother and the verbal diarrhea...
Mark: No, I like you very much. Just as you are.

Bridget: How's it look?
Mark: Great, it's... blue.
Bridget: Blue?
Mark: No, but blue is... good. If you ask me, there isn't enough blue food.

Mother: The Darcy's Ruby Wedding of course. "What for?" Indeed! Mark will be there. Still divorced *taps nose*
Bridget: He's also... still deranged. *taps nose*

Bridget: Wait a minute, nice boys don't kiss like that.
Mark: Oh yes, they fucking do.


  • It's Monday morning, Bridget has woken up with a headache, a hangover and her boss.
  • Uninhibited. Uncensored. Unmarried.
  • For anyone who's ever been set up, stood up or felt up.
  • Aloof. Unavailable. Ice queen. - Aloof. Unavailable. Ice queen. - Aloof. Unavailable. Ice queen. - quite fancy a snog though...
  • All women keep score... Only the great ones put it in writing.


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