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Pretty Woman [1990] (1 disc)

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Director:Garry Marshall
Writer:J.F. Lawton
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:RomCom
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Drama
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Synopsis: 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.


Reaction: Cute and, at times, touching. A bit cliched these days, but handled well.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Garry Marshall => Director / Bum Tour Guide (uncredited)
J.F. Lawton => Writer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Amy Yasbeck => Elizabeth Stuckey
Dey Young => Snobby Saleswoman
Elinor Donahue => Bridget
Hank Azaria => Detective
Hector Elizondo => Barney Thompson
Jason Alexander => Philip Stuckey
Julia Roberts => Vivian Ward
Kathleen Marshall => Day Desk Clerk (as Kathi Marshall)
Larry Hankin => Landlord
Larry Miller => Mr. Hollister
Laura San Giacomo => Kit De Luca
Marty Nadler => Tourist Man
Marvin Braverman => Room Service Waiter
Norman Large => Polite Husband
Ralph Bellamy => James Morse
Richard Gere => Edward Lewis
Rio Hackford => Street Junkie (uncredited)
Stacy Keach Sr. => Senator Adams
Tracy Reiner => Woman at Car
Valorie Armstrong => Woman in Lobby

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • You can see Richard Gere moving his tongue around inside his mouth as he is at the door of the penthouse yelling at Stuckey when he fires him and throws him out of the penthouse after catching him molesting Vivian. This is because Gere actually knocked a crown off of a molar during the scene, according to the director's commentary by Garry Marshall on the DVD.
  • When they filmed the scene with Vivian talking about wanting to be a princess who's rescued from a tower, they still hadn't written the movie's ending where Edward "rescues" Vivian.
  • Richard Gere improvised the scene where Edward snaps the necklace case down on Vivian's (Julia Roberts) fingers, and Roberts's reaction (laughter) was totally natural. The filmmakers liked it so much, they decided to leave it in.
  • Richard Gere and Julia Roberts had obvious chemistry upon their first meeting. However, Gere was not planning on taking the role. He was on the phone ready to turn down the part when Roberts slid him a Post-it note with the words "please say yes" written on it. He accepted the role right then.
  • The bathtub in the scene where Vivian is singing had a lot of detergent in it to make a lot of thick bubbles. The detergent was so strong that it rinsed the red dye out of Julia Roberts' hair. She had to have her hair re-dyed late that night.
  • During the sex scene, Julia Roberts got so nervous a visible vein popped out of her forehead. Director Garry Marshall got into bed with Julia and Richard Gere. Marshall and Gere massaged her forehead until the vein disappeared. Julia also broke into hives and was given calamine lotion until they were finally able to shoot the scene.
  • Richard Gere is actually playing the piano. He also composed the piece of music that is played.
  • The opera Richard Gere takes Julia Roberts to is La Traviata, which is about a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man.
  • Al Pacino turned down the role of Edward after a screen test with Julia Roberts.
  • While shooting the scene where Vivian (Julia Roberts) is lying down on the floor of Edward's penthouse watching old [I Love Lucy (1951)] re-runs, in order to achieve a genuine laughter director Garry Marshall had to tickle Roberts' feet (out of camera range) to get her to laugh so hysterically.
  • Disney didn't want Julia Roberts for the role of Vivian, instead they wanted Meg Ryan.
  • Burt Reynolds was offered the role of Edward Lewis but declined. He jokingly said on [the Piers Morgan show] in 2012 that after he saw the film and the love-making scenes with Julia Roberts, that he made a mistake in not taking the part.
  • Disney told Garry Marshall there was no money available in the budget for Hector Elizondo, so Garry paid his salary out of his own pocket. Eventually, Disney relented and repaid Garry the money.
  • John Travolta auditioned for the role of Edward.
  • Drew Barrymore auditioned for the role of Vivian, but was turned down because director Garry Marshall felt that she was too young for the part.
  • Demi Moore turned down the role of Kit.
  • Winona Ryder auditioned for the role of Vivian, but was turned down, because director Garry Marshall felt that she was too young for the character.
  • Diane Lane was very close to playing Vivian Ward, but had to pull out at the final moment due to scheduling conflicts. The script was much darker then. She has since co-starred with Richard Gere in three other movies.
  • Christopher Reeve was originally considered for the Edward Lewis role.
  • Daryl Hannah turned down the part of Vivian as she felt it denigrated women.
  • Jodie Foster, after she won her first Oscar in The Accused (1988), said she was very interested in playing the role of Vivian.
  • John Travolta auditioned for the role of Edward, which eventually went to Richard Gere, and the movie went on to become an international success. In 1979, Travolta turned down the lead role in American Gigolo (1980), which then went to Gere and also became a hit.
  • Uma Thurman auditioned for the role of Vivian.
  • Garry Marshall reunited with Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Hector Elizondo in Runaway Bride (1999), which included Joan Cusack who was considered for the role of Vivian in this film.
  • Albert Brooks and Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of Edward Lewis.
  • Harrison Ford, Bruce Campbell, Danny Glover and John Heard were considered to play Edward, before Richard Gere was cast.
  • According to an interview in 2009, director Werner Herzog was approached by Richard Gere to direct the film when it was still a dark drama. He politely declined.
  • For years it was reported that Molly Ringwald turned down the role of Vivian, but she told the Atlantic during an interview in 2010 that that was a myth. She said "A script came across my desk, and I can't recall if it was even a firm offer or not. I don't even know if Richard Gere was attached to the picture. I don't even know whether I did turn it down. But it still makes a really good Hollywood story." She also said she couldn't imagine anyone else in that role except Julia Roberts. The part was meant for her and the film is what it is because of her.
  • Jennifer Connelly reportedly turned down the role of Vivian.
  • Dennis Quaid was considered for the role of Edward Lewis.
  • Lea Thompson auditioned for the main role thinking the movie was a drama film rather than a romantic comedy.
  • Valeria Golino was originally offered the role of Vivian but turned it down. She was the finalist along with Julia Roberts.
  • Christopher Lambert was considered for the role of Edward Lewis at the time Molly Ringwald was in the running to play Vivian.
  • Kristin Davis did an audition for the role of Vivian but turned it down.
  • Disney executives originally wanted Sean Connery and Meg Ryan in the lead roles.
  • Wayne Knight was considered for the role of Philip Stuckey which went to Jason Alexander. Wayne Knight would later co-star with Alexander in [Seinfeld (1989)] which Knight auditioned for the role of George Costanza, a role that also went to Jason Alexander and Knight ultimately got the part of the menacing character named Newman.
  • British actress [?] Emily Lloyd turned down the lead as she'd already been cast as [?] Cher's daughter Charlotte in Mermaids (1990).
  • Robin Williams was considered for the role of Edward.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker was offered the role of Vivian, but she disliked the part. However, Parker would play a sexy character many years later, Carrie Bradshaw, on the popular TV series [Sex and the City (1998)].