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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 fiancés 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 Tom Hines ... Cory Flemming
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Storyline

New York columnist Ike Graham elaborates, for once without full fact checking, the story he heard from a bar mate of Maryland small town girl Maggie Carpenter, who left several grooms at the altar, taking off without warning or serious reason. Fearing a legal case from Maggie, Ike's editor and ex Ellie fires him. Staff buddy Fisher cues Ike to seek his job back (or earn another) by attempting to prove the alleged inaccuracies and/or writing a priceless follow-up piece. So his sports-car heads for her home Hale, where she runs a garage and designs glassware. His charms and journalistic nose get everyone to open up and reveal her embarrassing past before she can swear people to silence, from her three dumped grooms and family to her overconfident present groom, high school coach Bob Kelly. In the process, Maggie finds hating him as hard as tempting, while Ike develops a strange appreciation for the maverick, until even Bob sees reason to get jealous. Written by KGF Vissers

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Catch her if you can. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The beauty parlor run by Joan Cusack's character is named "Curl up and Dye". The beauty parlors where Geena Davis's character works in Earth Girls are Easy is also named "Curl up and Dye", as is the beauty parlor where Michelle Pfeiffer's character gets a job in Married to the Mob. These are all in reference to Blues Brothers, Jake's mystery women had her own hairdressers called Curl up and Dye. Funnily enough she was coming to kill him because he ran out on their wedding. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, on Ike's balcony, he has a paper in his hand, which appears and disappears, randomly. See more »

Quotes

Ike Graham: [on the perfect proposal] Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you're the only one for me.
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Crazy Credits

After all of the credits have run, Ike (Richard Gere) and Maggie (Julia Roberts) are seen throwing snowballs. See more »

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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Referenced in Bad Education: Fundraising (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged and Performed by Tony Newman (as Anthony Newman), Organ
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A charming film
8 April 2000 | by scoobydoo2000msSee all my reviews

Following up on the huge romantic hit "Pretty Woman," Richard Gere, Julia Roberts and Hector Elizondo reteam to produce yet another romantic comedy called "Runaway Bride."

Nobody lost a step or missed a beat as Gere, Roberts and Elizondo teamed up with newcomers Joan Cusack and Rita Wilson. The cast performed with such perfection it seemed like they were performing as it happened for the first time. I commend the casting director and the producer for putting together an excellent cast that really gelled and had chemistry that was like magic.

I must say that "Runaway Bride" was much more charming than "Pretty Woman." I still enjoyed "Pretty Woman" but the updated version had a certain charm and a twist that was lacking in the first film.

I can't say what the twist is without giving away too much, you'll just have to see it to find out.

This was a cute film with a unique way of telling a plot that seems to have been done before on the silver screen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,055,556, 1 August 1999

Gross USA:

$152,257,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,460,292
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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