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Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman movie poster.
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Steven Reuther
Written by J.F. Lawton
Starring Richard Gere
Julia Roberts
Héctor Elizondo
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) March 23, 1990
Running time 119 Mins
125 Mins
Director's Cut
Language English
Budget $14,000,000
IMDb profile

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy motion picture. The film centers around the title character, down-on-her-luck prostitute Vivian Ward, (Julia Roberts), who is hired by an exceedingly wealthy business man, Edward Lewis, (Richard Gere), to be his escort for several business functions, and their developing relationship. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (535x755, 67 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Garry Kent Marshall (born November 13, 1934) is an American actor/director/writer/producer. ... Arnon Milchan (1945-) is movie producer and businessman. ... Writer and director Jonathan Fredrick Lawton. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Héctor Elizondo (born December 22, 1936) is a Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actor. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... A directors cut is a specially edited version of a film, and less often TV series, music video, commercials or video games, that is supposed to represent the directors own approved edit. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... A romantic comedy may be a film or novel, presenting a story about romance in a comedic style. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ...


Pretty Woman was initially intended to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles but was reconceptualized into a romantic comedy. The film was a critical success and became one of 1990's highest grossing films, and today is one of the most financially successful entries in the romantic comedy genre, with an estimated gross of $464 million USD.[1] Roberts received a Golden Globe Award for her role, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Screenwriter J. F. Lawton was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a BAFTA Award. The film was followed by a string of similar romantic comedies, including Runaway Bride, which teamed up Gere and Roberts once again due to Pretty Woman's success. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... Jonathan Fredrick Lawton is a screenwriter and director. ... Annual awards given out by the Writers Guild of America for outstanding achievements in film, TV, or radio writing. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Runaway Bride is a 1999 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts and directed by Garry Marshall. ...

Contents

Plot

Richard Gere playing businessman Edward Lewis, and Julia Roberts as prostitute Vivian Ward, in a scene from Pretty Woman

Corporate raider Edward Lewis (Gere) is having trouble driving the Lotus he has borrowed and stops to ask for directions on Hollywood Boulevard . Vivian, thinking he is trying to find "a date" walks over to his car. Vivian Ward (Roberts) is the hooker with a heart of gold. A lost Edward Lewis agrees to pay her for directions and rather than giving him the change she should, jumps in the car and offers to show him personally. On the way to his penthouse suite, Vivian comments on his bad driving and much to her surprise and delight he asks her to drive the rest of the way. Despite the Lotus's famously stiff clutch, she soldiers on and takes him to his hotel without mishap. Vivian, in spite of thinking she had him charmed is at first rejected by Edward and says she will return to her corner by taxi; when Edward sees her at the bus stop he offers to hire her for an hour, which after awkward conversation becomes a night. Image File history File linksMetadata PrettyWomenshot1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata PrettyWomenshot1. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... A corporate raid is a business term, sometimes also referred to as breaking a company. ... Hollywood Boulevard as taken from the Kodak Theatre Hollywood Boulevard is an avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, beginning at Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out and runs due west to Laurel Canyon Boulevard. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Edward explains his business to her, which is to buy large businesses, break them up and sell them in smaller parts to make a profit. Vivian compares it to a chop shop, where stolen cars are cut up for parts and often sold for more than the whole car is worth. He acknowledges the validity of the comparison—for the first time. A chop shop is a slang phrase for a location or business which disassembles stolen automobiles for the purpose of selling them as parts. ...


The next day, Edward's lawyer Phil calls Edward and tells him that James Morse and his grandson David wish to meet with him to discuss Edward's plans to buy out their business. Edward decides to bring a date in order to keep the meeting social, and hires Vivian to spend the week with him, offering to pay her $3000. He gives her some money in order to buy a dress for the dinner, but when she attempts to shop on Rodeo Dr., the saleswomen snub her due to her streetwalker's clothing. She returns to the hotel distraught and Bernard, the manager of the hotel, befriends her and helps her buy a dress. He also gives her a lesson in table manners so that she will not be intimidated by seeing five forks. Rodeo Drive sign Rodeo Drive (pronounced ro-DAY-oh) generally refers to a famous three-block long stretch of boutiques and shops in Beverly Hills, California, United States, although the street stretches further north and south. ...


That night, Vivian and Edward meet James and David Morse for dinner. During the meal, Vivian brings out the enlightened gentleman in the elderly Morse but the business discussion with Edward grows colder and colder. Everything about James Morse shames Edward and exposes his lack of real quality in spite of his financial status. The Morses express their anger over Edward's impending takeover of their company and finally storm out of the restaurant.


The next morning, Vivian tells Edward of the saleswomen who had refused to help her. Edward accompanies her on a shopping spree. Their business relationship quickly develops into friendship, and Edward and Vivian go on several dates and spend several evenings trading deep emotional insights they can't tell to anyone else. In an attempt to persuade Edward to abandon his self-discipline and understand "lower class" people she invites him to "veg out" in front of the TV. Despite her experience as a prostitute, Vivan finds herself falling in love with Edward.


Edward and Vivian go to a corporate polo match, where Vivian meets Phil and his wife Elizabeth. They also see David Morse, and Vivian has a friendly conversation with him. Curious to know more about Vivian, and suggesting she might be a spy for the Morses, Phil pesters Edward until he reveals that Vivian is actually a prostitute he picked up the night he borrowed Phil's car. Greatly amused at this revelation, Phil approaches Vivian and suggests that he hire her after Edward is done with her. She is hurt at what she perceives as Edward's betrayal and cheap treatment of her. On the way back to the hotel she ignores him, and when she gets back to the penthouse she tells him she is upset with how he treated her at the match. He tells her that he revealed her "secret" to Phil. She then proceeds to tell him she is leaving and that she wants her money; he throws the money on the bed and walks away. She gathers her clothes, but doesn't take the money. Edward comes back into the room and realizes she didn't take the money, so he goes after her. She is in the hallway waiting on the elevator when Edward comes out and apologizes. The elevator doors open after he apologizes and Vivian has to make a decision to go or stay. She decided to stay. After the elevator shuts she then proceeds to tell him: "You hurt me; don't do it again." For other uses, see Polo (disambiguation). ...


An idyllic few days ensue when Edward flies Vivian to Sans Francisco for an opera performance by private jet, dressing her in an haute couture gown and a diamond necklace and earring set valued at $250,000, lent to him by a famous jeweler.

Rodeo Drive featured prominently in the film

As the time draws near for Edward to finalize his buyout of Morse Industries, he loses his bitter lust for vengeance against his father and decides to partner with Morse instead: to build ships, rather than breaking up a shipyard and selling it for scrap. Phil is shocked to hear this and later goes to Edward's hotel to confront him. He finds Vivian alone in the penthouse, and after blaming her for Edward's backing out of the takeover, attempts to jump on her. He slaps her and calls her a whore. Edward arrives and pulls Phil off Vivian; he punches Phil and kicks him out. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, as seen facing southbound from Santa Monica Boulevard. ... Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, as seen facing southbound from Santa Monica Boulevard. ... Rodeo Drive sign Rodeo Drive (pronounced Spanish: ro-DAY-oh) generally refers to a famous three-block long stretch of boutiques and shops in Beverly Hills, California, United States, although the street stretches further north and south. ...



The week ends and Edward prepares to return to New York. Edward tells Vivian that he wants to see her again and offers to supply her with a condo, a car, and as much money as she needs. Vivian refuses and tells Edward that she wants the whole thing; commitment, or nothing at all. She describes for him a fantasy from her childhood: rescue from a tower by a knight on a white horse, and tells him that this is what she wants. She wants the fairy tale. Edward says that he cannot offer that, and before he leaves he tells her, "I've never treated you like prostitute." After he's gone. she whispers. "You just did". Vivian leaves before he gets back but says good-bye to Bernard first. This article is about the state. ...


The next day, Edward checks out of the hotel. Bernard notices his pensiveness and remarks that Darryl, Edward's usual limo driver, had dropped Vivian off at her apartment the day before. Edward asks Darryl to drive him to her apartment in a white limousine; he arrives as Vivian is packing to go to San Francisco. He has flowers and opera music blaring from the limousine. He conquers his fear of heights and climbs the fire escape to her apartment on the top floor. Vivian meets him on the landing and he asks her what happens after the prince rescues her. She replies, "She rescues him right back", and they kiss each other warmly. And live happily ever after, in modern day terms. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Primary cast

Julia Roberts as the transformed Vivian
  • Richard Gere as Edward Lewis: A wealthy, unhappy and cynical businessman searching for an escort for a business dinner. He meets streetwalker Vivian Ward, and his relationship with her helps him regain his happiness.
  • Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward: A financially-troubled prostitute. Her relationship with Edward offers her a way out of poverty.
  • Ralph Bellamy as James "Jim" Morse: An elderly businessman whose company Edward is trying to buy.
  • Jason Alexander as Philip Stuckey: Edward's self-centered, sexist lawyer.
  • Laura San Giacomo as Kit De Luca: A prostitute. Vivian's best-friend and roommate.
  • Hector Elizondo as Bernard Thompson: The manager of the hotel where Edward is staying. He quickly sees that Vivian is not Edward's niece and helps her in the way a real uncle would, making possible Vivian's transformation.
  • Hank Azaria as Detective (on Hollywood Blvd.)
  • Alex Hyde-White as David Morse: James Morse's grandson. He is being groomed to take over the family business.
  • Amy Yasbeck as Elizabeth Stuckey: Philip's wife
  • Elinor Donahue as Bridget

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Production

Pre-production

Pretty Woman was initially intended to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles in the late 1980s early 1990s. The relationship between Vivian and Edward also harbored controversial themes, including the concept of having Vivian addicted to cocaine; part of the deal was that she had to stay off it for a week. She needed the money to go to Disneyland. Edward eventually throws her out of his car and drives off. The movie was scripted to end with Vivian and her prostitute friend on the bus to Disneyland. These traits, considered by producer Laura Ziskin to be detrimental to the otherwise sympathetic portrayal of her, were removed or incorporated into the character of Vivian's friend, Kit. These "cut scenes" have been found in public view, and some were included on the DVD released on the movie's 15th anniversary. One such scene has Vivian offering Edward, "I could just pop ya good and be on my way", indicating a lack of interest in "pillow talk". In another, she is confronted by drug dealers outside of The Blue Banana, and rescued by Edward. Laura Ziskin is an American film producer. ... For the 1970s R & B record see Sylvia Pillow Talk is a 1959 romantic comedy film. ...


Inspirations for the film could have been drawn from the Pygmalion myth. It also bears striking resemblances to George Bernard Shaw's play of the same name, which also formed the basis for the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. It was then Disney Studio President Jeffrey Katzenberg who insisted it should be re-written as a modern-day fairy tale, instead of being the dark story it was in the original script titled 3,000.[2] It also has unconfirmed references to That Touch of Mink, starring Doris Day and Cary Grant. Étienne Maurice Falconet: Pygmalion & Galatee (1763) Pygmalion is a legendary figure found in Ovids Metamorphoses. ... George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856–2 November 1950) was an Irish dramatist, literary critic, and socialist. ... Play cover, depicting Mrs Campbell as Eliza Pygmalion (1913) is a play by George Bernard Shaw based on Ovids tale of Pygmalion. ... Note on spelling: While most Americans use er (as per American spelling conventions), the majority of venues, performers and trade groups for live theatre use re. ... My Fair Lady is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, based on George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion. ... Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, a fictitious business name of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, Inc. ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ... That Touch of Mink is a 1962 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Doris Day. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ... This article is about the British actor. ...


The male lead is a businessman, Edward Lewis (played by Richard Gere). While ruthless in business — he is a "corporate raider" — he is portrayed as intelligent, sensitive, and pensive, unlike the more common stereotype of the late 1980s financial tycoon as coarse and narcissistic (and often nouveau riche). Asking for directions to his hotel, he meets a prostitute, Vivian. (In the United States, as in much of the world, prostitutes who work on the streets come disproportionately from the lower classes, and Vivian suffers from financial desperation.) Because of her deprived background, she is naïve and unaware of basic manners, resulting in mild embarrassment for herself and Edward, who handles it with cheerful, unpretentious good-nature. In contrast to class and occupational archetypes — she's charismatic, kind, and perceptive. During the time spent together, Vivian learns from Edward the virtue of manners and money and Edward learns from Vivian the virtue of treating everyone with respect. Of course, an unlikely love relationship grows between Edward and Vivian, and throughout the movie they struggle with the differences in social class and values. Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... A corporate raid is a business term, sometimes also referred to as breaking a company. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... A business magnate, sometimes referred to as a mogul, tycoon, or industrialist is a person who controls a large portion of a particular industry and whose wealth derives primarily from this control. ... For the band Nouveau Riche, see Nouveau Riche (band). ...


Casting of Pretty Woman was a rather lengthy process. Marshall had initially considered Christopher Reeve for the role of Lewis, and Al Pacino turned it down.[3] Pacino went as far as doing a casting reading with Roberts before turning the leading role down.[4] Gere agreed to the project. Reportedly, Gere started off much more active in his role, but Garry Marshall took him aside and said "No, no, no. Richard. In this movie, one of you moves and one of you doesn't. Guess which one you are?" Julia Roberts was far from the first choice for the role of Vivian, it went to many successful A-list actresses including Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink) who turned it down because she felt uncomfortable with the content in the script, and didn't like the idea of playing a prostitute. She has stated in several interviews that she regrets turning the role down. Meg Ryan, who was a top choice of Marshall's, turned it down. Michelle Pfeiffer turned the role down as well, because she didn't like the "tone" of the script[5]. Daryl Hannah also was considered, but turned the role down because she believed it was "degrading to women" [6]. A runner-up for the role Valeria Golino turned it down, because she didn't think the movie could work with her thick Italian accent. Jennifer Jason Leigh had auditioned for the part, but later decided not to do the movie after she read the script. [7]. When all the other actresses turned down the role, Julia Roberts, who was relatively unknown at the time, with the exception of the film Steel Magnolias, was able to win the role. Christopher DOlier Reeve[1] (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... This article is about the 1985 film. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Pretty in Pink is a popular 1986 film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. ... Meg Ryan (born November 19, 1961) is an American actress who specializes in romantic comedies but has also worked in other film genres. ... Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and internationally known American actress. ... Daryl Christine Hannah (born December 3, 1960) is an American film actress. ... Valeria Golino (October 22, 1966) is an Italian film and television actress. ... Jennifer Jason Leigh (born February 5, 1962) is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Steel Magnolias, by Robert Harling, is a 1987 off-Broadway play, made into a successful movie in 1989. ...


Filming

Silver Lotus Esprit similar to that driven by Richard Gere

Pretty Woman's budget was not limited, therefore producers could acquire as many locations as possible for shooting on their estimated $14,000,000 . The majority of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, to be specific, in Beverly Hills. The escargot restaurant scene was filmed at the Rex, now called Cicada. Filming commenced on July 24, 1989, but was immediately plagued by countless problems, including issues with space and time. This included Ferrari and Porsche, who had declined the product placement opportunity of the car Edward drove, because they did not want to be associated with soliciting prostitutes. Lotus Cars UK saw the placement value with such a major feature film. This gamble paid off as Esprit sales tripled in 1990-1991. The company supplied a Silver 1989.5 Esprit SE, which was later sold. The film's primary shooting was completed on October 18, 1989. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 746 KB) 1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit HC Photographed by Jagvar at the Bonhams & Butterfields Auction in Darien, Connecticut on July 29, 2005. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 746 KB) 1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit HC Photographed by Jagvar at the Bonhams & Butterfields Auction in Darien, Connecticut on July 29, 2005. ... The Lotus Esprit was a sports car built by Lotus in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 2004. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... Escargot cooked with garlic and parsley butter in a shell (with a €0. ... Cicada is a restuarant located in Los Angeles, which serves a Northern Italian menu. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Ferrari Enzo. ... This article is about the auto company. ... Lotus Logo with monogram of its founder, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars based at Hethel, Norfolk, England. ... The Lotus Esprit was a sports car built by Lotus in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 2004. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Music

Pretty Woman is noted for its musical selections and launched a hugely successful soundtrack. The film features the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, the title of which inspired that of the movie. Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1990. The soundtrack also features "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, "Show Me Your Soul" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, "No Explanation" by Peter Cetera, "Wild Women Do" by Natalie Cole and "Fallen" by Lauren Wood. Oh, Pretty Woman is a song which was a worldwide hit for Roy Orbison. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. ... Roxette singles chronology It Must Have Been Love is a pop song written by Per Gessle and performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... King of Wishful Thinking is a 1990 hit song by the British pop band Go West. ... Go West were an English pop duo, formed in 1982, by Peter Cox (born 17 November 1955, in Twickenham, London, England); and Richard Drummie (born 20 March 1959, in Twickenham, London, England). ... Show Me Your Soul was a single released by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1990. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitar player and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. ... Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950), known professionally as Natalie Cole, is an American singer and songwriter. ... Lauren Wood (born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American singer-songwriter, voice-over artist and producer. ...


The opera featured in the movie is La Traviata, which also served as inspiration for the plot of the movie. The piano piece which Richard Gere's character plays in the hotel lobby was composed by and performed by Gere. For other uses, see Opera (disambiguation). ... La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. ...


Controversy and Reaction

Possibly due to the controversial subject matter, the movie was heavily edited. Groundbreaking on account of its sympathetic depiction of an occupation thought dishonorable and indecent by most Americans, the film has been described as featuring "a prostitute with a heart of gold". It has also been criticised for making prostitution seem attractive. Following its release, the film was blamed by the media for an influx of prostitutes to affluent areas. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In pop culture

  • In a season six episode of Law & Order with the murder victum being a prostitute a one time suspect references the flim "Richard Gere picks up Julia Roberts they make a billion dollars off of it"
  • The 2001 film The Princess Diaries, a parallel to the Pretty Woman film, has many of the same supporting cast members and the same lines used in Pretty Woman. Garry Marshall is the director of both films and they are both made at Disney (though Pretty Woman was released under the Touchstone Pictures banner). In The Princess Diaries 2, Allan Kent's character catches the ring he says "It happens all the time", a reference to the snails scene.
  • Mentioned in Ugly Betty episode "East Side Story".
  • In Shrek 2 Pretty Woman was mentioned on a list of fairy tales when The Fairy Godmother told Shrek that fairy tales don't have ogres. The Producer of Shrek 2, Jeffrey Katzenberg, was the Disney executive that guided Pretty Woman.
  • In the romantic film spoof Date Movie (2006) the scene in which Roberts walks around Beverly Hills to "Oh Pretty Woman" is parodied. However, instead of Roberts' character being a female, it is reversed to a male.
  • In the 30 Rock episode "Black Tie", Jack gives Liz a necklace and snaps the box down on her fingers. Instead of laughing like Vivian does in the film, Liz angrily yells at him for hurting her hand. Both Liz and Vivian were wearing a red dress in the scene.
  • In the beginning scenes of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, the main characters Romy and Michele are watching this movie on TV and making fun of the scene where Vivian is being scorned by saleswomen in a boutique.
  • In the movie She's All That, Rachel Lee Cook's character utters the line, "I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman ... except for that whole hooker thing".
  • In an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the youngest child Ashley wants to know about sex, and when it is suggested that they give her a realistic portrayal of relationships, her ditzy older sister Hilary suggests renting Pretty Woman.

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Awards

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Nominated: The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1950. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ...

This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film for each year, in addition to the retired earlier versions of those awards. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1944 for a performance in a motion picture released in the previous year. ... Hector Elizondo (born December 22, 1936 in New York City) is a Puerto Rican-American actor. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... Writer and director Jonathan Fredrick Lawton. ...

References

  1. ^ Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-07-12.
  2. ^ Stewart, James B DisneyWar, page 110. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN 978-0-74-326709-0
  3. ^ Pretty Woman casting information and trivia at IMDB; accessed May 17, 2007.
  4. ^ Al Pacino interview by Larry King transcript [1].
  5. ^ http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/hannah%20pleased%20to%20decline%20pretty%20woman%20offer_1023365
  6. ^ http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/hannah%20pleased%20to%20decline%20pretty%20woman%20offer_1023365
  7. ^ http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/theater/15247/

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... James Brewer Stewart (born c. ... DisneyWar is an exposé of Michael Eisners 20-year tenure at the The Walt Disney Company by James B. Stewart. ... This article is about the state. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

See also

Runaway Bride is a 1999 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts and directed by Garry Marshall. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...

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