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Runaway Bride (1999)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 30 July 1999 (USA)
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A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.


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Ike Graham has his own by-lined column in USA Today, which he usually uses as a forum to rail against the opposite sex. For his latest column which he writes at the last minute as usual, he, based on some information from a stranger in a bar about a woman he knows of back home, includes the story of still single Hale, Maryland residing Maggie Carpenter, who is known as the "Runaway Bride" since she has been engaged multiple times, but always leaves her betrothed standing at the altar. Because an incensed Maggie complains to the newspaper for factual inaccuracies in her story, Ike is fired, but he realizes that the story still has some life in it and thus decides to go to Hale to do further investigation. He finds that Maggie is again engaged, now for the fourth time, this time to high school football coach and adventurist Bob Kelly, who is confident enough in himself to know he will be different than the previous three grooms. When Maggie finds out that her arch enemy Ike is in town, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some suggestive dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Novia fugitiva  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,055,556 (USA) (30 July 1999)


$152,149,590 (USA) (7 January 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Up until Ocean's Twelve (2004), Julia Roberts refused to do sequels to Pretty Woman (1990) or any of her movies. She only agreed to appear in Runaway Bride if it was a stand-alone story. See more »


During the softball game, the pitches appear to be coming in slow and with an arch which would indicate slow-pitch. In slow-pitch, there is no stealing; therefore, Cory Fleming would not have been allowed to steal 3rd base. All the catcher had to do was to throw to 2nd base to force out Fleming. See more »


Maggie Carpenter: Gill, I am really afraid of needles, but that doesn't make me a bad person...
Dead Head Gill: Look...
[Gill shows her his rose tattoo on his chest]
Ike Graham: [in a surfer-dude voice] Look, look! I think this man is heart broken!
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Crazy Credits

After all of the credits have run, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts are seen throwing snowballs. See more »


By Sara Allen, Daryl Hall, and John Oates
Performed by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Let it grow on you.....
30 November 2001 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie, following the wonderful "Notting Hill," I was less than thrilled. However, I have watched and watched and watched "Runaway Bride" and it really is a witty romance. What is particularly poignant about the film is the chemistry between Gere and Roberts. Though it seems very fast, it is completely natural for fans of "Pretty Woman," who saw these two fall in love a decade earlier.

Roberts is wonderful in this movie. She is completely comfortable, natural, and highly believable as the spunky Maggie Carpenter. Gere is cocky, weathered, and attractive as the misguided Ike Graham. The plot is predictable, but the first act is snappy and the climax is well-done. It may not please most people on the first run, but rent it again and you'll begin to see the subtleties that make it great.

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