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Pretty Woman (1990)

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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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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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 »

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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

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

Dennis Quaid was considered for the role of Edward Lewis. See more »

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When Edward gives Barney the ruby necklace and earring set to be returned to the jeweller, a large ruby is missing from the front of one of the earrings. See more »

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[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 »

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Richard Gere's Piano Solo
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The Whore With the Heart of Gold
8 February 2006 | by dowguestSee all my reviews

"Pretty Woman" was a movie with the most screwed up morals and message in Hollywood history and that covers a lot of history and movies. It was based on a myth and a fairy tale.

The Myth: "The whore with the heart of gold." Right.

Those are around.

No doubt about it.

But what are the chances of finding one? A gillion to one? A gazillion to one? No. That's rude. But the chances are slim. And then, after you think you've found her, she has to fit into your life style. That is, unless you decide to try to fit into her life style. One way or another, there have to changes as in every coming together of two lives with two separate loads of baggage.

Why do women in porn often marry men in porn? If they marry at all.

The answer is obvious. No one else could cope with the baggage.

Two people "enduring" each other for a period of time is tough enough when both are pure as gold. A tainted past is something that will always be there.

The Fairy Tale: Cinderella of course.

That is probably the best fairy tale ever written because it encompasses the dream of so many women from childhood on.

But the image of a millionaire prince snatching them our of their trailer park is ludicrous unless he happens to be constantly drunk, such as the Dudley Moore character in "Arthur".

Don't get me wrong. The movie had totally screwed up morals and messages, but it was great movie-making. It is not the job of movies to enrich and enlighten the audience. It is the job of movies to entertain and make money.

And that is what "Pretty Woman" did.


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