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Pretty Baby (1978)

R  |   |  Drama  |  5 April 1978 (USA)
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A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in the early decades of America, only to know her body is for bounty.



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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

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1917. The red-light district of New Orleans. The story of the women. The photographer. And the prostitute's daughter. See more »




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5 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Kristy McNichol reportedly turned down the role of Violet, due to conflicts with Family (1976) producer Aaron Spelling. See more »


Violet is shown completely nude when lying on the sofa but when she sits up she is wearing panties. See more »


[said to Bellocq twice]
Violet: I love you once. I love you twice. I love you more than beans and rice!
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Crazy Credits

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


After the Ball
Music by Charles Harris (as Charles K. Harris)
Played after the car becomes stuck and during the picnic
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Nicely photographed period piece
29 December 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Beautifully photographed and sumptuous to watch. Brooke Shields, with that famous saucy and spirited personality, is gorgeous. I wasn't bothered by the nudity. I wasn't bothered by the story either and I feel the movie accurately portrayed a different time with a quite different moral tone than the one we live with today. But, hey, stories are just stories. Actually, I think the main reason this movie works is because it comes across as honest, it feels like being in another place and another time, and it's lovely to see.

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