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Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo ... see more see more... , Hector Elizondo , Alex Hyde-White , Amy Yasbeck , Patrick Richwood , Larry Miller , Elinor Donahue , William Gallo , Hank Azaria , Larry Hankin , R. Darrell Hunter , Dey Young , Stacy Keach Sr. , Lucinda Crosby , Nancy Locke , Amzie Strickland , Dianne Crittenden , Jane Morris , Alex Staltler , Patrick D. Stuart , R.C. Everbeck , Judith Baldwin , Jason Randal , Bill Applebaum , Tracy Bjork , Gary Greene , Abdul Salaam El Razaac , Julie Paris , Rhonda Hansome , Harvey Keenan , Marty Nadler , Lynda Goodfriend , Reed Anthony , Frank Campanella , Jacqueline Woolsey , Cheri Caspari , Scott A. Marshall , Kathi Marshall , Laurelle Brooks , Don Feldstein , Marvin Braveman , Jeff Michalski , Lloyd Williams , James Patrick Dunne , Valorie Armstrong , Steve Restivo , Rodney Kageyama , Douglas Stitzel , Shane Ross , Carol Williard , Minda Burr , Robyn Peterson , Mariann Aalda , Michael Bryan French , Allan Kent , Calvin Remsberg , Lloyd Nelson , Norman Large , Tracy Reiner , Tom Nolan , John David Carson , Daniel Bardol , Karin Calabro , Bruce Eckstut , Mychael Bates , Barbara Knox , Billy Gallo , Doug Benson

Edward is a rich and sophisticated businessman who specializes in corporate raiding - buying up businesses to break them up and sell them off in pieces. Vivian is a Los Angeles prostitute struggling w... read more read more...ith her lifestyle and a need to pay the rent. On a business trip to Los Angeles, Edward hires Vivian to be his girlfriend for a week while he traverses the local social circles. Love and various social complications invade their tidy arrangement and have the pair wondering if this Cinderella-story could have a happy ending.

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DVD Release Date: May 19, 1998

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  • April 11, 2012
    This is a great romcom that is a classic even till this day! I believe it was one of Roberts major breakthrough films and i think we can see why! Its a lovely romcom that is enjoyable to watch and smile with! Very much worth the watch!
  • March 19, 2012
    classic story
  • January 20, 2012
    Julia Roberts before the edge set in, there is a slight ironic innocence in her earlier acting.

    A nostalgic watch, despite the highly unrealistic storyline and (at the time) it's accused glamourisation of prostitution. Some enjoyable moments to rewatch though and this is a film... read more that does what it's supposed to, it's easy watching, taken with a pinch of salt, with a fairy tale ending.
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    November 7, 2011
    Despite the cliché, Pretty Woman is memorable, compounded by great performances from Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Formulaic, but beloved, Pretty Woman thrives on a perfect dream, perhaps a wild and modern interpretation of Cinderella.
  • fb712836066
    October 25, 2011
    Cable TV fare. This flick shouldn't be regarded as highly as it sometimes is and is as romantically trite and ideally impossible as it is overrated. But it is entertaining on first watch on TBS. But is it a film to add to one's collection of purchased films? No. This film isn't... read more quite so pretty after all on second glance.
  • August 5, 2011
    It is easy to enjoy this sweet little Cinderella story. Even if completely unrealistic, it is delightful and works very well thanks to the chemistry between the two leads and the delicious dialogue. Also, Roberts puts in a very adorable performance.
  • fb100000145236770
    July 17, 2011
    Over the years I've learned that women love 2 movies more than any others. "Dirty Dancing" is always number 1, and then "Pretty Woman" is number 2. I hate to admit it, but I've probably seen this movie just as many times as my personal favorite "Pulp Fiction"(not by choice, but... read more hey a guy's gotta do, what a guy's gotta do). This is the movie that put Julia Roberts on the map, and I'd dare say she's never been better than she was in this. She's charming, funny, sexy, and seems down to earth. Richard Gere is well, Richard Gere. I'm not a big Gere fan, don't know why, but I just don't like him. May be a great person, but as an actor, he just don't do it for me. I hated this movie for so long, but over the years I've learned to appreciate it for what it is. It's the ultimate chick flick and rags to riches movie in one. I would probably never, ever, sit down and watch this alone. But, I've gotta keep my wife happy. When "Pretty Woman" is on, and there's nothing else to do, just bite the bullet and go with it.
  • June 23, 2011
    A timeless classic! Richard Gere however ruins this film. They should of picked another lead male role. He seriously cannot act. Julia Roberts carried this film along with the other cast members. The soundtrack is also just as good as the film.
  • May 15, 2011
    pretty woman is one of those pictures i've watched for a million of times and could memorize every detail of it, not because i'm particularly a fan of julia roberts or richard gere despite they were really quite good-looking then. i watched them because my sister and my mother we... read morere suckers to chick flicks. this picture gave me some idea of how woman should be in their own conceptualization of womanhood, which is something i've always felt quite alienated from.

    any kind of popular romantic movie is basically a mutant representation of the cinderella formula with contemporary contextuality. super-rich-handsome guy meets a woman who comes from much humbler upbringing, but this prince-charming sees something classy within her, some divine and fine essence which hasn't been discovered by anyone else but him. and he's also generous and big-hearted to discard the barrier of class and condescend himself to accept this woman. everyone is happy. story ends.

    i re-watched it months ago just to grasp some points i could attack over this begin with, in the beginning of the movie, richard gere cannot get his girlfriend, who is in the same class as him, who complains his incapability to spare some actual capacity for the relationship and his self-centeredness (i suppose female viewer tends to ignore it since he was kinda cute then) to attend a business banquet with this man, who seems to have everything, needs some companion to escort him in some classy business meetings..then he encounters some paid woman, who could look classy after some gloomings done on her, to be his companion, who he could easily buy off with money. then this woman starts to ask for more like equal respects as if she was not his employee while insisting not to kiss him on the lips. it develops to the point that she even tries to depart without taking any bit of his money. but strangely that strategy works! eventually she gets EVERYTHING and him, of course!

    anyway, let's ideologize everything...let's see julia roberts' role as the representative of the proletariat female since she's really well loved by female audience...richard gere as some signifier of the suave male idle rich...the rich man, who's kinda dysfunctional in his relationship with woman in his own class, picks up some woman lower than him as some romantic redemption, woman who is grateful to appreciate his "chivalries"...just like man who marries woman from the third world, and within east asia, man marries woman from south asia (east asian countries are generally richer than south asian countries)...the woman would be rewarded if you follow the virtuous course of womanhood and maintain your fine essence within, then you would be compensated handsomely. it's like winning a lottery, one chance out of millions, but everyone is still buying it. as for those who don't have the luck to win the lotteries, they're lost courses which we don't have to pay any regard to. all the other street-prostitutes are incorrigibly corrupted, and let's leave them alone. let's disregard the general condition of gender inequality, and you woman just tries your best to beautify yourself, if you could look like julia roberts, you might win the lottery.

    i'm confused why some men detest chick flicks, which are literally ideal apparatus to justify gender inequality. but on the other hand, it points out the class issue, which means if you're not the elite of men, you're also a lost course without good laids. (crudely, if you're loser, you're discriminated from this scenery of romances)...

    of course, i didn't hate the movie, which is ok. adam smith says something, the reason why ruilig class remains in power is the aesthetization of human imagination, which favors to watch something beautiful rather than ugly. they use aestehtics to justify their priviledges. this is the case.
  • March 5, 2011
    Beauty and the Beast with Hector Elizondo as as teapot. Fun.

Critic Reviews

Richard Corliss
February 3, 2009
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

This is old-fashioned, assembly-line moviemaking without the old panache. Full Review

Variety Staff
April 9, 2008
Variety Staff, Variety

Pic's casting is astute, with Gere underplaying like a sturdy ballet star who hoists the ballerina Roberts on his shoulders. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
April 9, 2008
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

It's saying Roberts' character becomes a better person when she lands a rich guy and learns to cry at the opera. Full Review

Jonathan Rosenbaum
April 9, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

He pays her $3,000 and they fall in love -- ain't Hollywood grand? Full Review

June 24, 2006
Time Out

For a film that attempts to satirise snooty materialism, it focuses too pantingly on the designer labels, and comes down firmly on the side of 'rich is better'. Full Review

Caryn James
May 20, 2003
Caryn James, New York Times

It is something special. Full Review

Desson Thomson
January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

A slick, instantly and entertainingly digestible Cinderella fable. Full Review

Roger Ebert
January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The sweetest and most openhearted love fable since The Princess Bride. Full Review

Rita Kempley
January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley, Washington Post

Pretty Woman seduces all but the most wary. Full Review

John Hartl
January 1, 2000
John Hartl,

As shamelessly irresistible as the Roy Orbison oldie that accompanies the credits.

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    • Edward Lewis: People's reaction to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic. They either love it or hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.
    • Vivian Ward: I want the fairy tale.
    • Edward Lewis: What's your name?
    • Vivian Ward: What do you want it to be?
    • Vivian Ward: You're late.
    • Edward Lewis: You're stunning.
    • Vivian Ward: You're forgiven.
    • Vivian Ward: I appreciate this whole seduction thing you've got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I'm a sure thing.
    • Vivian Ward: In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.

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