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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.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writer:

J.F. Lawton
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jason Randal ... Magician
Bill Applebaum Bill Applebaum ... Howard
Tracy Bjork Tracy Bjork ... Female Guest
Gary Greene Gary Greene ... Male Guest
Billy Gallo ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

$ 3,000 See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Kevin Bishop Show had a sketch on the non-existent Pretty Woman 2 with Karen Gillan playing Vivian.

Karen Gillan later starred in the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady inspired series Selfie in which her character Eliza Dooley is a take on Eliza Doolittle.

Pretty Woman is itself a take on Pygmalion/My Fair Lady with Vivian a take on Eliza Doolittle. See more »

Goofs

The clothes Vivian is holding at the lift when leaving Edward. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The TV version has Kit saying "Cinderella" rather than "Cinde-f**kin'-rella" when she's trying to cheer Vivian up. Scene is re-shot so Kit's mouth matches dialog, rather than just a re-dub. See more »

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Referenced in Lost Girl: Those Who Wander (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Women Do
Written by Matthew Wilder, Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino), and Sam Lorber
Performed by Natalie Cole
Courtesy of EMI, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Just has that special something....
27 August 2003 | by triple8See 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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