MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 455 this week

Pretty Baby (1978)

 -  Drama  -  5 April 1978 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 6,345 users  
Reviews: 68 user | 25 critic

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in the early decades of America, only to know her body is for bounty.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 07 Oct 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Oct 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 18 Dec 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Pretty Baby" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pretty Baby (1978)

Pretty Baby (1978) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pretty Baby.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A smalltime US filmmaker goes to Cannes to try to get his movie in the limelight. A wife of one of the producers there gets interested in his story and they begin an affair.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Keith Carradine, Monica Vitti, Raf Vallone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Eric Roberts makes an impressive screen debut as Dave, grandson of the aging King Zharko, who is chosen by him to lead the gypsy clan at his death. Dave's only inclination is to join the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Eric Roberts, Judd Hirsch, Susan Sarandon
Endless Love (1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

George Burns stars as a former vaudevillian who befriends a young runaway, played by 14-year old Brooke Shields, who is being chased by drug dealers.

Director: Leonard Stern
Stars: George Burns, Brooke Shields, Burl Ives
Wanda Nevada (1979)
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Romantic drama following the fortunes of a drifter named Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda) who wins a young orphan named Wanda (14 year old Brooke Shields) in a poker game and takes her gold... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fonda
Stars: Peter Fonda, Brooke Shields, Fiona Lewis
May Fools (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy
Tilt (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Tilt is the story of a young girl, who is a pinball machine wizard. Because she does not get on with her parents, Tilt is contemplating running away from home, and skipping school one day ... See full summary »

Director: Rudy Durand
Stars: Brooke Shields, Ken Marshall, Charles Durning
Alamo Bay (1985)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Ho Nguyen
Brenda Starr (1989)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Mike is a struggling artist who draws the 'Brenda Starr' strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get... See full summary »

Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Stars: Brooke Shields, Timothy Dalton, Tony Peck
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who steals his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Geneviève Bujold, Marie Dubois
Sahara (1983)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Brooke Shields, Lambert Wilson, Horst Buchholz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Matthew Anton ...
...
...
Seret Scott ...
Cheryl Markowitz ...
Susan Manskey ...
Fanny
Laura Zimmerman ...
Agnes
Miz Mary ...
Odette
...
Highpockets
Mae Mercer ...
Mama Mosebery
Edit

Storyline

In 1917, in the red light district Storyville, New Orleans, the prostitute Hattie lives with her twelve year-old daughter Violet in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works. Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq has an attraction to Hallie and Violet and he is an habitué of the whorehouse. One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet's virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl. Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone. Violet decides to marry Bellocq and she moves to his house. Until the day that Hattie, who has overcome her past, comes to Bellocq's house with the intention to take Violet with her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In 1917, in the red-light district of New Orleans, they called her "Pretty Baby" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Niña bonita  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Debra Winger auditioned for the role of Violet, but seemed too old for the part, because the character was 12 years old and she was 21 years old when she did an audition for the part. See more »

Goofs

After Violet stands up from trying to have her nude picture taken a man can be seen in the reflective part of the camera. See more »

Quotes

Violet: You think of me as a child.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON." See more »

Connections

Featured in Geburtstagskinder der Nouvelle Vague (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Bay
(uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Played when Violet is first presented, and again at the auction
Also played when Bellocq brings Violet a doll
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bravo Louis Malle
4 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Very disturbing reality break. Child prostitution was prevalent in North America well into the early 20th century. This gives a good insight into demise of many children during this period. We were totally devoid of child protection agencies. Although many narrow minded artistically challenged people will label this movie as child pornography it is not. There is no suggestion of condoning or promoting of such. Louis Malle used a combination of shock and graphically disturbing scenes to get his message across. To have censored this movie would have been a throw back to the dark ages for artistic freedom. Although the acting leaves something to be desired it is a must watch for those wanting to see a dramatization of the hopelessness of the lives of children in the early Southern States.


17 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Nudity jminn1000
$400 in 1917 daveharrison84
Is it Me or....... nickolasrayh
Wake Up You Just Been Brainwash Into Slavery People Were Free Back Then jhilario007
Dana Plato as Violet? Icthus381376
Suggestion or thoughts? LeeHartIsKewl
Discuss Pretty Baby (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?