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Writer (WGA):
J.F. Lawton (written by)
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Release Date:
23 March 1990 (USA) See more »
Who knew it was so much fun to be a hooker? See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Gere ... Edward Lewis

Julia Roberts ... Vivian Ward

Ralph Bellamy ... James Morse

Jason Alexander ... Philip Stuckey

Laura San Giacomo ... Kit De Luca

Alex Hyde-White ... David Morse

Amy Yasbeck ... Elizabeth Stuckey

Elinor Donahue ... Bridget

Hector Elizondo ... Barney Thompson

Judith Baldwin ... Susan
Jason Randal ... Magician
Bill Applebaum ... Howard
Tracy Bjork ... Female Guest
Gary Greene ... Male Guest

Billy Gallo ... Carlos (as William Gallo)

Abdul Salaam El Razzac ... Happy Man

Hank Azaria ... Detective

Larry Hankin ... Landlord
Julie Paris ... Rachel
Rhonda Hansome ... Bermuda
Harvey Keenan ... Man in Car
Marty Nadler ... Tourist Man
Lynda Goodfriend ... Tourist Woman
Reed Anthony ... Cruiser
Frank Campanella ... Pops

Jackie O'Brien ... Artist (as Jacqueline Woolsey)
Cheri Caspari ... Angel

Scott Marshall ... Skateboard Kid (as Scott A. Marshall)

Patrick Richwood ... Night Elevator Operator Dennis

Kathleen Marshall ... Day Desk Clerk (as Kathi Marshall)
Laurelle Mehus ... Night Desk Clerk (as Laurelle Brooks)
Don Feldstein ... Male Desk Clerk
Marvin Braverman ... Room Service Waiter

Al Sapienza ... Night Doorman (as Alex Statler)

Jeff Michalski ... Day Doorman

James Patrick Stuart ... Day Bellhop (as Patrick D. Stuart)
Lloyd T. Williams ... Bellhop
R. Darrell Hunter ... Darryl The Limo Driver

James Patrick Dunne ... Lounge Pianist
Valorie Armstrong ... Woman in Lobby
Steve Restivo ... Italian Businessman
Rodney Kageyama ... Japanese Businessman
Douglas Stitzel ... American Businessman

Larry Miller ... Mr. Hollister

Dey Young ... Snobby Saleswoman
Shane Ross ... Marie
Carol Williard ... Saleswoman
Minda Burr ... Saleswoman

Robyn Peterson ... Saleswoman

Mariann Aalda ... Saleswoman

R.C. Everbeck ... Tie Salesman (as RC Everbeck)
Michael French ... Maitre D'
Allan Kent ... Waiter
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Senator Adams
Lucinda Crosby ... Olsen Sister (as Lucinda Sue Crosby)

Nancy Locke ... Olsen Sister
Calvin Remsberg ... Sod Stomping Announcer
Lloyd Nelson ... Game Announcer

Norman Large ... Polite Husband

Tracy Reiner ... Woman at Car
Tom Nolan ... Vance
John David Carson ... Mark
Daniel Bardol ... Jake
Karin Calabro ... Violetta in "La Traviata"
Bruce Eckstut ... Alfredo in "La Traviata"
Amzie Strickland ... Matron

Mychael Bates ... Usher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rio Hackford ... Street Junkie (uncredited)
Robert Liguori ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Garry Marshall ... Bum Tour Guide (uncredited)
Charles Minsky ... Janitor with Water Hose (uncredited)
Blair Richwood ... Blair (uncredited)
Randall Rutledge ... Security Guard (uncredited)

John Simone ... Waiter #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Garry Marshall 
Writing credits
J.F. Lawton (written by)

Produced by
Gary W. Goldstein .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Steven Reuther .... producer
Walter von Huene .... associate producer
Laura Ziskin .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Charles Minsky 
Film Editing by
Raja Gosnell 
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly  (as Priscilla Nedd)
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber  (as David Haber)
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance 
Makeup Department
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Production Management
Angel Pine .... post-production supervisor
Roger Joseph Pugliese .... production manager
David Hoberman .... executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Chong .... dga trainee (as Ronnie Chong)
Bettiann Fishman .... second assistant director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... first assistant director
Walter von Huene .... second unit director
Nick Abdo .... second unit director (uncredited)
Aaron Barsky .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Mychael Bates .... assistant property master
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer
Donald G. Helderle .... construction foreman
Tony Leonardi .... stand-by painter (as A.J. Leonardi)
Frank B. Nieves .... construction foreman
Ken Scaife .... construction coordinator
Mark Woods .... lead man
Rick Young .... property master
Gary Isbell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Fitzgerald .... sound editor
Jeremy J. Gordon .... sound editor (as Jeremy Gordon)
David Hagberg .... assistant sound editor (as David Lee Hagberg)
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Jackson .... sound editor
Chris Jargo .... adr editor
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor
Eric Lindemann .... sound editor
Harrison D. Marsh .... cableman
Joseph A. Mayer .... supervising adr editor (as Joe Mayer)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas W. Small .... assistant sound editor
James E. Webb .... sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
John O. Wilde .... sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary Zink .... special effects coordinator
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator
Reed Anthony .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Ben Beaird .... key grip
Gary C. Beaird .... grip (as Gary Beaird Sr.)
Carl Boles .... chief lighting technician
Philip Caplan .... camera operator
Anthony R. Collier .... key best boy grip
Tom Connole .... first assistant camera
Frank Del Boccio .... second assistant camera
Michael Genne .... camera operator
Ross Judd .... first assistant camera
Keith Orefice .... best boy
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip
Ken Tosic .... assistant lighting technician
Jack Anderson .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Maricella Ramirez .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dori Zuckerman .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elinor Bardach .... key costumer
Daniel J. Lester .... costume supervisor (as Dan Lester)
Carlane Passman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Thomas R. Bryant .... first assistant editor (as Thomas Bryant)
Craig Conwell .... assistant editor
Tommy Dorsett .... assistant editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Music Department
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Ron Fair .... executive soundtrack producer
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator
Michael Mason .... additional scoring engineer
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Marty Paich .... conductor
Robert Schaper .... score mixer
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Guy Defazio .... music assistant (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Briggs .... transportation captain
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator (as Tom E. Thomas)
Other crew
Adell Aldrich .... script supervisor
Lennie Appelquist .... set production assistant
Pat Chapman .... production coordinator
Robert Dawson .... title designer: main title
Diane Frazen .... executive assistant: Mr. Marshall
Judy Hallin .... assistant to producers
Wendy S. Hallin .... production assistant
George Herthel .... location manager
Craig Isaac .... production assistant
Sandy Isaac .... assistant: Ms. Ziskin
Claudio Jacobellis .... production assistant
Sundae Jahant-Osborn .... production assistant (as Sundae Jahant)
David Michael Katz .... production assistant (as David Katz)
Elyse Katz .... assistant production coordinator
Katherine Ann Moore .... unit publicist (as Katherine Moore)
Carolyn Quinn .... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Blair Richwood .... secretary: Mr. Marshall
Julie Rosser .... assistant: Ms. Roberts
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... production assistant
Jonathan Southard .... assistant: Mr. Gere
Allen E. Taylor .... production accountant
Wally Uchida .... assistant location manager (as Wallace Uchida)
Kim Wozniak .... first assistant accountant
Douglas Yellin .... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Mario Iscovich .... production executive (uncredited)
Shelley Michelle .... body double: Julia Roberts (uncredited)
Vern Reo .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Jack Edward Sawyers .... production assistant (uncredited)
Barbara Marshall .... thanks (as Barbara Sue Wells)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
Rated R for sexuality and some language
119 min | USA:125 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:M (director's cut) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-3 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Christopher Reeve was originally considered for the Edward Lewis role. Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis were also considered.See more »
Continuity: Vivian's head after the piano scene.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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37 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Cinderella / Pygmalion tale, hooker style, 8 March 2006
Author: roghache from Canada

What can I say that hasn't been said? This immensely popular, modern fairy tale romance is a fantastic 'feel good' must see. I can't resist watching it every single time it comes on TV. To tempt you if you haven't seen's the story of a feisty, good hearted hooker named Vivian Ward, who is hired for a week by a wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis, to serve as his escort at a number of business related social functions. Needless to say, the relationship doesn't stay 'just business' for long.

Rather than the plot itself, the beautiful Julia Roberts makes this movie...and not simply because of her 88 inches of leg! Always endearing in her roles, she is at her absolute MOST endearing portraying Vivian in this picture. She brings a real vulnerability to the role, showing us that just like everyone else, prostitutes do indeed floss their teeth! Richard Gere pulls off quite convincingly the role of Edward, the ruthless, calculating millionaire businessman, who takes over companies only to sell them off piece by piece, quite unmindful of the interests of any people involved. To give Gere credit, I was quite impressed that he actually plays the piano in one of the movie's scenes.

Naturally, given Vivian's membership in the 'oldest profession', there is sex early on...though I, old fashioned and strict as I am, wouldn't hesitate to let my young teen see this movie. (There's worse in TV commercials today!) Oddly, the most truly intimate moment in this film is not during the more explicit sex but rather, simply a kiss.

Ohhhh, lots of romantic scenes, from a picnic in the park to jetting off in a private plane for a Big Night on the Town. And etiquette lessons...Vivian displays charming, amusing, curious innocence when she experiences with Edward her first opera (all the while looking knock out gorgeous in a stunning red gown), her first polo match, and her introduction to escargots. As the movie progresses, she is transformed Pygmalion style, from the street smart hooker provocatively dressed in tall black boots and mini skirt, to a sophisticated looking, elegantly gowned and coiffed young lady. But it's merely appearance...Vivian's heart of gold and her vulnerability both remain unchanged.

The status conscious snobbery of Beverly Hills dress shops and ritzy hotels, judging people by wealth and class, is well depicted here. When Vivian goes shopping for a 'more appropriate' wardrobe at some exclusive Rodeo Drive boutiques, she is not 'well received' by the sales ladies, who like all too many of us, are overly inclined to judge by appearance. You'll want these snobs to get their comeuppance. Actually, perhaps the most touching relationship in this entire film is the one between Vivian and Barney, the quite proper but kind desk manager at the high class hotel (where she is sharing a penthouse suite with Edward), who is able to see beyond appearance. He develops a genuine fondness and even more importantly, respect for her.

Other characters of interest...Kit is Vivian's appealing and sympathetic room-mate, also a hooker (Vivian's a loyal friend), and Stuckey is Edward's sleazy and despicable business colleague, portrayed by Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, a TV show which I must confess is not my favourite.

As events unfold during the film, it becomes clear that, while Edward might not understand too clearly the meaning of 'prostitution', Vivian clearly does. And, it's another shining film illustration of that pearl of wisdom from Eliza Doolittle (of My Fair Lady) who enlightened us, 'The difference between a flower girl and a lady is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.' Or, in Vivian's own words, 'People put you down enough, you start to believe it'.

Great Cinderella movie...don't miss it.

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