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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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

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

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Comedy | Romance

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

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Trivia

The car that Edward picks up Vivian in belonged to producer Nancy Gross. See more »

Goofs

As the hotel manager is going over table manners with Vivian, he picks up the salad fork and says that salad forks have 3 tines. When he puts that fork back on the table you can see it has 4 tines, not 3. 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 Director's Cut of "Pretty Woman" features additional dialogue during the first encounter of Edward and Vivian; additonal scenes featuring Carlos the pimp chasing after Vivian for the money Kit owes him; a longer restaurant sequence, and a longer montage of scenes when Edward takes the day off from work to spend more time with Vivian on their last day together. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.27 (2013) See more »

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Songbird
Written and Performed by Kenny G
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Redemption in Rodeo Drive
20 May 2017 | by mrharrypaulsonSee all my reviews

Look where we were in 1990. No wonder we are were we are in 2017. The movie is charming enough with a splendid Julia Roberts becoming a huge movie star but, I have to say, watching it now gave me shivers. This is not Pygmalion, no, there is no insight, it's all superficial to a cringing degree. She finds redemption through her shopping and his credit cards. Isn't that lovely? It feels so insane that maybe that means we're evolving. - I saw Pretty Woman last night with a group who had never seen it before. Funny thing the young conservative, Christian women loved it - They didn't seem to mind the message of sex and money. The young Liberal women found it absurd, offensive and the charm of the film, dangerously misleading. They left long before the happy ending. Movies become historical documents, don't they.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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$ 3,000 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,280,591, 25 March 1990

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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