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(1990)

Trivia

In the final scene, Edward "serenades" Vivian with a recording of an aria from La Traviata. The aria has a vocal solo followed by the theme on strings and trumpet. That arrangement was not from the original opera but adapted for the movie.
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When Edward (Richard Gere) snaps the necklace case down on Vivian's (Julia Roberts) fingers, was improvised by Gere, and Roberts's reaction (laughter) was totally natural. The filmmakers liked it so much, they decided to leave it in.
Richard Gere is actually playing the piano. He also composed the piece of music that is played.
The necklace that Vivian wears to the opera really cost $250,000. While filming, a security man from the jewelry store equipped with a gun was constantly standing behind the director.
The opera Richard Gere takes Julia Roberts to is La Traviata, which is about a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man.
During the lovemaking scene, Julia Roberts got so nervous a visible vein popped out of her forehead. Director Garry Marshall got into bed with Julia and Richard Gere. Marshall and Gere massaged her forehead until the vein disappeared. Julia also broke into hives and was given calamine lotion until they were finally able to shoot the scene.
The red coat that Vivian wears was bought for $30 from a movie usher in the street shortly before filming.
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's feet (out of camera range) to get her to laugh so hysterically.
The movie was originally titled '3000' (after the amount of money Vivian & Edward finally agree upon for her week of service), but later changed to Pretty Woman, after the Roy Orbison track used in the soundtrack.
Sandra Bullock turned down the role of Vivian.
During the scene where Julia Roberts sings along to Prince in the bath tub sliding down and dunking her head under the bubbles, Julia came up and opened her eyes and saw that everyone had left even the cameraman (who got the shot).
Richard Gere started off much more active in his role, but Garry Marshall took him aside and said "No, no, no. Richard. In this movie, one of you moves. And one of you doesn't. Guess which one you are?"
In Spain, Pretty Woman is one of the most successful movies ever shown on TV. As of May 2011, there have been 14 re-runs of the movie on TV, and it has always had ratings between 19.0% and 55.6%
Burt Reynolds was offered the role of Edward Lewis but declined. He jokingly said on the Piers Morgan show in 2012 that after he saw the film and the love-making scenes with Julia Roberts, that he made a mistake in not taking the part.
According to the DVD director's commentary, the piano key sounds that are made during the lovemaking scene on the piano had to be dubbed in because the actual keys that were randomly hit by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere as they did the scene made such a discordant sound that it was unusable in the actual movie.
In the shots of the city in the very beginning, you will notice that some of the neon letters in the hotel where Vivian lives are burned out. The only remaining lighted letters spell "HO", a slang synonym for prostitute.
Ralph Bellamy's final movie.
The film's budget was not limited, therefore producers could acquire as many locations as possible for shooting on their estimated USD 14,000,000. The majority of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, to be specific, in Beverly Hills. The escargot restaurant scene was filmed at the Rex, now called Cicada. Filming of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel lobby interior was shot at the now torn-down Ambassador Hotel. Filming commenced on July 24, 1989, but was immediately plagued by countless problems, including issues with space and time. This included Ferrari and Porsche, who had declined the product placement opportunity of the car Edward (Richard Gere) drove, because they did not want to be associated with soliciting prostitutes. Lotus Cars UK saw the placement value with such a major feature film. This gamble paid off as Esprit sales tripled between 1990 and 1991. The company supplied a Silver 1989.5 Esprit SE, which was later sold. The film's primary shooting was completed on October 18, 1989.
Julia Roberts's head was superimposed on Shelley Michelle's body for the poster. Richard Gere's hair is brown on the poster, but graying in the movie.
Julia Roberts was far from the first choice for the role of Vivian. It was offered previously to many successful A-list actresses including "brat pack" member Molly Ringwald (who starred in Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986)). Ringwald turned it down because she felt uncomfortable with the content in the script, and did not like the idea of playing a prostitute. She has since stated in several interviews that she regrets turning the role down.
John Travolta auditioned for the role of Edward.
Director Garry Marshall shares a fear of heights with Richard Gere's character, Edward Lewis.
Christopher Reeve was originally considered for the Edward Lewis role. Denzel Washington and Daniel Day-Lewis were also considered.
Demi Moore turned down the role of Kit.
When Edward is reading to Vivian in the park, he's reading from William Shakespeare's Sonnet 29: "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes."
When Stuckey slams the door to his car they actually had to replace it, because the window broke.
Al Pacino turned down the role of Edward after a screen test with Julia Roberts. Other actors considered for the Edward role were Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Tom Berenger, Christopher Lambert and even Charles Grodin.
Albert Brooks and Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of Edward Lewis.
The car that Edward picks up Vivian in belonged to producer Nancy Gross.
Brooke Shields auditioned for the part of Vivian, but she was fired by director Garry Marshall. She later said, that she wanted to play a mature role. She considered that it was the biggest mistake of her life.
Winona Ryder did an audition for the role of Vivian, but had to turn down, because director Garry Marshall felt that she was too young for the character.
Drew Barrymore tried to audition for the role of Vivian, but had to turn down because director Garry Marshall felt that she was too young for the part.
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.
Jodie Foster, after she won her first Oscar in The Accused (1988), she was very interested in playing the role of Vivian.
Daryl Hannah turned down the part of Vivian as she felt it denigrated women.
Uma Thurman auditioned for the role of Vivian.
Dennis Quaid was considered for the role of Edward Lewis.
Voted #4 Must See Movie of all time by listeners of Capital FM in London.
Kristin Davis did an audition for the role of Vivian but turned it down.
The three tableaux used during the opera scene are when Violeta meets Alfredo at a party, Violeta abandons Alfredo at his father's request and the final scene where Violeta dies.
Jennifer Connelly reportedly turned down the role of Vivian.
Christopher Lambert was considered for the role of Edward Lewis at the time Molly Ringwald was in the running to play Vivian.
Valeria Golino was originally offered the role of Vivian but turned it down. She was the finalist along with Julia Roberts.
Sarah Jessica Parker was offered the role of Vivian, but she disliked the part. However, Parker would play a sexy character many years later, Carrie Bradshaw, on the popular TV series Sex and the City (1998).
The sports car that Richard Gere borrows at the beginning of the movie is a Lotus Esprit.
The original script by J.F. Lawton was contributed to by Robert Garland, Stephen Metcalfe and Barbara Benedek.

Director Cameo 

Garry Marshall:  the voice over of the man digging through the trash outside of "Stallone's" house (dubbed due to poor sound quality).

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie was initially intended to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The relationship between Vivian and Edward also harbored controversial themes, including the concept of having Vivian addicted to cocaine; part of the deal was that she had to stay off it for a week. She needed the money to go to Disneyland. Edward eventually throws her out of his car and drives off. The movie was scripted to end with Vivian and her prostitute friend on the bus to Disneyland. These traits, considered by producer Laura Ziskin to be detrimental to the otherwise sympathetic portrayal of her, were removed or incorporated into the character of Vivian's friend, Kit. These "cut scenes" have been found in public view, and some were included on the DVD released on the movie's 15th anniversary. One such scene has Vivian offering Edward, "I could just pop ya good and be on my way", indicating a lack of interest in "pillow talk". In another, she is confronted by drug dealers outside of The Blue Banana, and rescued by Edward and Darryl. One example of a changed plotline was when Edward breaks into the bathroom to find Vivian flossing her teeth instead of doing drugs as he had feared. In the original script she was doing drugs.
You can see Richard Gere moving his tongue around inside his mouth as he is at the door of the penthouse yelling at Stuckey when he fires him and throws him out of the penthouse after catching him molesting Vivian. This is because Gere actually knocked a crown off of a molar during the scene, according to the director's commentary by Garry Marshall on the DVD.

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