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Pretty Woman (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 March 1990 (USA)
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A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.



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Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who specializes in taking over companies and then selling them off piece by piece. He travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money if she'll stay with him for an entire week while he makes the "rich and famous" scene (since it doesn't do for a man of his stature to be alone at society parties and polo matches). Romantic comedy (and complications) ensue. Written by Afterburner <>

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She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart. See more »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA)  »

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$ 3,000  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$178,406,268 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While shooting the scene where Vivian (Julia Roberts) is laying down on the floor of Edward's penthouse watching old I Love Lucy (1951) re-runs, in order to achieve a genuine laughter Director Garry Marshall had to tickle Roberts' feet (out of camera range) to get her to laugh so hysterically. See more »


When Vivian and Edward first enter the penthouse suite the curtains onto the balcony are pale the next morning at breakfast they are blue. See more »


[first lines]
Magician at party: No matter what they say, it's all about money. So let's imagine, ladies, that you're a savings and loan officer. Watch - one, two, three; see, you've got it all, and we've got nothing. You've got all four, take a look.
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You Don't Understand
Written by Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams, and James P. Johnson (as Jimmie Johnson)
Performed by Grand Dominion Jazz Band
Courtesy of Stomp Off Records
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88" of therapy!!
18 November 2001 | by (chennai, india) – See all my reviews

"the bad stuff is easier to believe. you ever notice that?" - vivian

ok, so pretty woman is a romantic movie, its cliched, its corny, its sappy. but hey, beyond all that is a special movie with some very special performances. julia roberts as vivian ward is absolutely adorable, one of the most lovable characters of alltime. and those long legs help - like she says - " 88" of therapy for the bargain price of $3000"

the movie has many memorable lines and if you fall in love with the movie you will go back to it again and again. this is easily the best romantic comedy movie of the 90s. though many movies have hence tried to recreate its charm, nothing has quite succeeded to replace this movie as the pinnacle of the genre.

and this ofcourse is high praise from someone who hates the genre. the story ofcourse is very predictable and cinderella like. however this is beautifully told and the on-screen chemistry between the very dashing richard gere and julia roberts is simply sensational. an absolute must for fans of romance, comedy, any kind of light hearted movies or for those who are big fans of julia or richard. watch this movie.

an enjoyable 8!

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