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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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Garry Marshall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Maggie Carpenter
Richard Gere ... Ike Graham
Joan Cusack ... Peggy Flemming
Hector Elizondo ... Fisher
Rita Wilson ... Ellie Graham
Paul Dooley ... Walter Carpenter
Christopher Meloni ... Coach Bob Kelly
Donal Logue ... Priest Brian Norris
Reg Rogers ... George 'Bug Guy' Swilling
Yul Vazquez ... Dead Head Gill Chavez
Jane Morris ... Mrs. Pressman
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Elaine from Manhattan
Kathleen Marshall ... Cousin Cindy
Jean Schertler ... Grandma
Tom Hines ... Cory Flemming
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Storyline

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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Catch her if you can. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Novia fugitiva See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,055,556, 1 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$152,257,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,457,509
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

James Newton Howard, who composed the score for Pretty Woman (1990), composed the score for this film. He also composed for other movies in which Julia Roberts and Richard Gere appear. See more »

Goofs

During one of Maggie's wedding videos that Ike is watching, we see Maggie running away from the altar with the ring bearer (a young boy) being dragged behind her by holding onto the train of her wedding gown. The video he watches has points of view that would suggest at times the bride is holding the video camera and pointing at the boy being dragged, and it shows another point of view as if the little boy is holding the video camera and videotaping the bride running out of the church. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Carpenter: Bless me Father for I have sinned. My last confession was... well. Anyway, I have sorta a technical question. I've been having bad thoughts, really bad thoughts.
Priest Brian: Of an impure nature?
Maggie Carpenter: No, No, I want to destroy this man's life, career everything. I want revenge. Now on a sins scale how bad is that? Can I Hail Mary my way out of that?
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Alternate Versions

The titles are reformatted for the VHS version because the print was changed from a widescreen print to a standard one. the titles, which originally ran across the entire bottom of the screen in one line are now in the center of the screen in two lines, which somewhat ruins the cinematography of the opening shots because it is now the center of attention as opposed to the background. See more »

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You know what? Don't tell me anything about Pretty Woman, because I don't even want to hear it.
28 August 2000 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Runaway Bride is just a good romantic comedy. Yes, the director and the two big name stars are the same as the film's 1990 counterpart, but even though the two films have striking and almost offensive similarities, Runaway Bride has a good enough story that I refuse to believe that it relied on the success of its predecessor.

Julia Roberts is Maggie Carpenter, a hardware store owner (a laughable profession surpassed only by Denise Richards as a nuclear weapons specialist in The World Is Not Enough. Yeah RIGHT!), and Richard Gere is a newspaper columnist (Ike Graham) who has been fired for printing a supposedly false column about a woman who consistently runs out on her marriages. When he travels to the tiny town where she lives to learn more about her life and possibly get his job back, he finds that there is more to her than just a newspaper column.

By the end of the film, there is such a huge media hype about Maggie's wedding that it's a wonder that Ike wasn't honored for his 'false' column about her. Joan Cusack has never looked and acted better than she did in this movie, delivering a wonderful nasally performance that was strangely heartwarming.

Runaway Bride had all kinds of wonderful scenes. I particularly liked the wedding rehearsal scene. The look on Christopher Meloni's face was priceless! There were so many good things about this film that I am able to overlook the superficial look of unoriginality. If you just look past the director and the two big names, the story itself is not at all like any other film. There will, of course, be the inevitable cynical comparisons to Pretty Woman, and these complaints are understandable, but people who condemn Runaway Bride as a rip-off of Pretty Woman or some sort of re-make are simply not looking at the film, but only at the names on the bill. This is a very good romantic comedy, and it should not be missed simply because of a superficial comparison to Pretty Woman.


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