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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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Release Date:

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

Jodie Foster, after she won her first Oscar in The Accused (1988), said she was very interested in playing the role of Vivian. See more »

Goofs

Edward is wearing a vest when they leave the hotel, then in the limo on the way to the Blue Banana, the vest is gone, and then when he confronts the thugs in the alley, he's wearing it again (Garry Marshall said it kept bunching up in the limo scene, so he took it out). 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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Soundtracks

You Don't Understand
Written by Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams, and James P. Johnson (as Jimmie Johnson)
Performed by Grand Dominion Jazz Band
Courtesy of Stomp Off Records
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A LOVABLE Cinderella STORY

I love this movie...like a Cinderella story for adults, with facts of the real world: a human (and man) fairy godmother for example, a prince, everything!!! About Julia, what can I said? I'm a very big fan, and the way She transforms a prostitute into a princess is phenomenal, She make it real too. Richard Gere was a 80's prince charming, no perfect but with a lot of things that make you said: "I want one for home". Maybe if you are 20 or younger you'll be no identify with the music, but for oldie's: "It must have been love" and "What women do" will take you to your best times! If you like romantic stories, that make you smile, cry and dream, this is the ideal and No.1!!!!


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