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Pretty Woman (1990)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edward Lewis
... Vivian Ward
... James Morse
... Philip Stuckey
... Kit De Luca
... David Morse
... Elizabeth Stuckey
... Bridget
... Barney Thompson
... Susan
Jason Randal ... Magician
Bill Applebaum ... Howard
Tracy Bjork ... Female Guest
Gary Greene ... Male Guest
... Carlos (as William Gallo)
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Storyline

Because of his extreme wealth and suave good looks, Edward Lewis could seemingly have any woman he wants, that committed significant other which he needs on his arm at social events to further how he makes his money as a corporate raider. However, he focuses more on his corporate raiding pursuits with his partner in crime, Philip Stuckey, his lawyer of ten years, than those women, with every significant other he's had in his life feeling neglected and eventually leaving him, this fact about which he is just coming to the realization. In Beverly Hills, Edward, in needing that woman on his arms as he and Philip work toward taking over the company owned by the increasingly insolvent James Morse, decides, based on a chance encounter, to hire Hollywood Boulevard hooker Vivian Ward as his escort for the week 24/7. He does so because he wants to have a professional who would be committed to the work, yet not have any commitments to her after the week is over. Beyond their chance encounter, ... Written by Huggo

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Who knew it was so much fun to be a hooker? See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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23 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,280,591, 25 March 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$178,406,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$463,406,268
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Bellamy's final role. See more »

Goofs

During the polo match Edward is shown wearing a straight-collar and the tie that Vivian gave to him as a gift, tied with a half-windsor. A later shot shows Edward with a spread-collar and that same tie, but with a full-windsor knot. As the scene progresses, the shot of Edward alternates back and forth between the straight and spread-collar (even with a shot of the spread-collar with a half-windsor knot). See more »

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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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Referenced in High Hopes: Pretty Woman (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Selections from La Traviata
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (uncredited)
Arranged and conducted by Thomas Pasatieri
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Just has that special something....
27 August 2003 | by 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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