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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Randal ...
Bill Applebaum ...
Tracy Bjork ...
Female Guest
Gary Greene ...
Male Guest
Carlos (as William Gallo)


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 <aburner@erols.com>

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


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to an interview in 2009, director Werner Herzog was approached by Richard Gere to direct the film when it was still a dark drama. He politely declined. See more »


After getting out of the shower, Vivian, in her bathrobe, jumps on the bed revealing that her feet are filthy. 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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No Explanation
Written by David Foster, Linda Thompson (as Linda Thompson-Jenner),
Bill LaBounty, and Beckie Foster
Performed by Peter Cetera
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Just has that special something....
27 August 2003 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

What is it about this movie that made it such an instant mega smash when it was released? I'm not sure if it's The incredible chemistry between Gear and Roberts, the smart dialog, the storyline-combination of all of the above-etc etc. But I do think These days, so few GREAT romantic comedies get made. Pretty woman is great. I enjoyed every moment of this and have seen it many times.

I haven't read any IMDb reviews of this yet, I wanted to comment first. This is a lovely story of hope and the true purity of falling madly in love-there are so many movies that try to be romantic and inevitably come across looking forced and contrived. The story and acting in Pretty woman, while very obviously being "Hollywood" to a tee, are so natural and free flowing, that it's just a joy to watch this. It's also great to see(in what's not usually the case) a romantic comedy that gets it right, in every area from casting to dialog to pretty much everything from start to finish. Great movie!

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