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on June 3, 2004
Actors here are Brilliant, my thumbs are way up! I can watch this film over and over again.
If Disney's Cinderella are every girls dream. Pretty Woman maybe every boys dream,Why? Because when Richard Gere discovered that He's working so hard to pin down other competitors in business, at the same time his Attorney (Jason Alexander)benefits from it, Money wise.
Richard decided to follow his heart and continue falling in love with the Pretty Woman. So sad, Julia Roberts is a prostitute here but a good one, she even have several colors and flavors of condoms to choose from,That's safe sex!
This is a great story plot a millionaire meets his match a prostitute with a golden heart.In reality prostitutes deserves a little break. As for the Pretty Woman this is a big break, Kudos!
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on April 24, 2004
In the 1990 classic Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere you cannot find a more unlikely pare to fall in love. There is Edward the millionaire executive who is down on his love, then there is Vivian the lady who comes to Hollywoood to chase a love and ends up becoming a hooker for a living. Vivian is outspoken and very untactful. Edward has class and manners and knows good table manners. When edward hires Miss Vivian to accompany him on a week business trip he had in Hollywood he never thought he would fall in love and grow to need her. Vivian only accepted the job for the money he was paying her to be his date on several business dinners and parties. Vivian changes Edwards view on life and he starts to be more free spirited and outgoing. Vivian realizes money is not everything and decides to get more out of life. When it is time for Vivian to leave Edwards life the two unlikely people have a hard time dealing with the consequesces of their actions. Pretty Woman is an amazing love story that anybody men or women are sure to enjoy.
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on January 29, 2004
Everyone knows this story, whether they've experienced certain parts of it, or just love it pure & simply because it's terrific. And if you haven't seen it, why not?! Go out and get it now. Go on!
This is the one Julia Roberts film that can never be out-done. No amount of Erin Brockovich's can beat this movie. This catapulted Julia into the big-time, mainstream movies, and she's now one of the highest paid actresses. I dunno whether something like Pretty Woman was never done before this, or whether I'm just sick of Julia Roberts now, but she won't come across a script as good as this again. Not even the supposed "sequel", with Richard Gere & Julia reteaming (they could go all the way and do a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks) with Garry Marshall and Hector Elizondo for Runaway Bride. Nowhere near as good. But that's a different movie.
The actors are great, and I think it's the only Richard Gere movie I've ever seen - apart from Runaway Bride. The night elevator operator's face (Patrick Richwood) is an absolute picture most of the time, and he makes you laugh just by looking at him.
Of course, everyone knows that Julia's character, Vivian, turns from a poor hooker, into a rich lady. I much prefer Vivian as the hooker. When you first meets Edward (Richard Gere), she's fine, she's cute, and he gives her all this money, and she turns into a frumpy, awkward lady. The clothes are ill-fitting and really don't suit her.
In a few years, when Julia Roberts is old and grey (Richard Gere already was old & grey in this!), this will be considered a classic.
Watch out for a very much blink and you'll miss him role of the detective, played by Hank Azaria. I've seen this movie a hundred times, and it's the first time I noticed him!
The songs are terrific in this, from Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" to Natalie Cole's "Wild Women Do" (the video is not impressive though). The best song is of course, Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love", played as Vivian leaves Edward. It's a very poignant scene, and I always play this song if I'm feeling down about something. The lyrics match any relationship problem perfectly, and matches the scene in Pretty Woman
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on December 2, 2003
Straitlaced millionaire Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) picks up Hollywood Boulevard hooker Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts in her star maker role) and hires her to be his companion for a week. Roberts is wonderful as Vivian. One great moment among many: when Vivian wakes up in Edward's palatial penthouse suite "the morning after" and he offers her breakfast instead of making her leave immediately, her pleasure and surprise are touching. She grabs a roll off the breakfast table like a starving waif, as if she almost doesn't dare and is afraid it'll be snatched away. It's impossible not to like Vivian, and to root for her. She's irresistible.
A solid cast benefits from Garry Marshall's surefooted direction. Elinor Dohanue (Betty Anderson/"Princess" from Father Knows Best) shines in a bit part. Jason Alexander, who would go on to fame and fortune in later years as George Costanza on Seinfeld, leaves a slime trail across the screen as Edward's lawyer, Phil Stuckey. Laura San Giacomo is completely believable as Kit De Luca, Vivian's fellow streetwalker and roommate. Hector Elizondo is outstanding as Bernard Thompson, the wise, polished, compassionate hotel manager who first helps Vivian then approves of her. Really, there are no slackers in this cast.
And, in true Hollywood romance fashion, in the end the girl gets the guy for a wholly satisfying payoff.
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on November 18, 2003
Pretty Woman was released in 1987 by touchstone pictures has a running time of 106 minutes is rated R, and is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Pretty Woman is a movie that touches on every woman's dream of being rescued by a handsome, rich, knight that will meet our every dream. Roberts plays a call girl who finds herself employed by a wealthy businessman who needs a companion for several meetings. Gere is a cold, unhappy, rich businessman who does not want the entanglement of a relationship, but needs an companion to several meetings, and that is why he hires Roberts. He finds that Roberts is more than meets the eye. He learns that people can be and are more than they seem. All the self-serving socialites who will do anything to be his wife have hardened Gere. Julia throws him for a loop when she would rather leave than have him think she was trying to make time with his dishonest friend. Pretty Woman is truly one of the best Cinderella stories available for viewing today.
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on November 15, 2003
This 1990 romantic comedy won Julia Roberts an Academy Award for Best Actress. The stage is set in Beverly Hills for Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward is a prostitute trying desperatly to save money to go back to college. Richard Gere as Edward Lewis is a successful and wealthy corporate executive who meets up with Vivian in an unusual way -- or maybe the usual way! Edward picks up Vivian on a street corner and offers her a large sum of money to spend a week with him. She accepts and he whisks her away to the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where he showers her with luxuries unknown to her. Pretty Woman is a fairytale dream-come-to-life for Vifian. For Edward it is an awakening to the innocence and vulnerability in vivian. Vivian sees Edward for himself: generous, kind, sensitive.
Their whirl-wind week turns into the romance of the century. Emotions run high as their passion and love build, with many twists and turns. Edward's attempts to build Julia's confidence in herself as a woman have you laughing and loving right along with him. Oh, Edward's secret little half smile!
I give Pretty Woman five stars. The movie is excellent. It makes you believe that fairytales can come true, that they really can happen to you. Pretty Woman will bring tears to your eyes, but will keep you laughing throughout.
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on October 28, 2003
I cannot understand the hype about Julia Roberts. May be it is beacuse I am not American.In this movie she plays a warm, honest, compassionate prostitute with good moral values. How this happens?Prostitution on the streets must be quite tough, dealing with dangerous men,etc and some girl cannot get away with it with innocent huge eyes and being sweet. A movie does not have to be realistic but it should not be nonsense either. Then the nice hooker helps a millionaire to find his way and ended up being employed by him for a week to be his girlfriend. The millionaire being Richard Gere is cold and distant, but very well mannered, kind, generous, intelligent and plain gorgeus. I did not buy the "he was a ruthless business man before the sweet prostitute" theme, he was nice from the beginning- how many men can be so kind to a hooker?...I can understand the director's motives here-to create an opposite attracts, the poor nice girl warms the rich man's heart, anyone can live a fairy tale if intentions are good...
Still, there are good sides of this movie-Richard Gere. With grey hair and great suits he is epitome of mature gorge. ...
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on October 6, 2003
The modern classic drama "Pretty Woman", staring Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, and Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward was 1990 Smash hit. Directed by Garry Marshall this 119 Minute film received much critical acclaim. Julia Roberts received a 1990 Academy Award for Best actress, and 1991 Golden Globe for best actress. This film was one of the top grossing films of 1990.
This romantic comedy is among the best ever, Richard and Julia had a great on screen chemistry. Richard was playing the part of high powered business executive who was very disconnected from his feelings. Julia was portraying a Hollywood prostitute that was just trying to survive until she could save enough money to go back to school. They have a chance meeting and Edward ask Vivian to stay the week. You will have to pick this one up and give it a viewing, to see how it turns out. This film brings out many emotions, and takes a few turns, but it is very entertaining. This film will not disappoint, if you like Julia or Richard and you have not seen this film you have to pick up today.
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on October 1, 2003
Pretty Woman debuted in 1990 starring Richard Gere as Edward Lewis and Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward. Gary Marshall directed the film and the run time is 119 minutes. Julia Roberts earned the Academy Award for best actress in 1990 and the Golden Globe for best actress in 1991.
This is one of the best romantic comedies ever made. The casting of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in the starring roles is magnificent and their supporting cast is equally brilliant. Edward is a cold-hearted executive in town to buy up a family owned shipping business and sell it off piece by piece. Edward and Vivian met because Edward is lost on the streets of LA driving his lawyers sports car that he really cannot drive. He stops and asks two prostitutes for directions and Vivian ends up driving him back to his hotel. She goes up for the night and ends up staying all week. She accompanies him on many business outings and takes on an amazing transformation. This is one of the best dream come true stories ever made and deserves to be watched repeatedly.
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on September 4, 2003
This is fantastic film, let down by a really poor audio track. Part of this is my fault for not noticing that this DVD is Dolby Surround 2.0 and NOT Dolby Digital 5.1. WHY!!! the boxed set with Runaway Bride WAS Dolby Digital 5.1 and great quality, unfortunately it was sold out before I got a chance to get a copy. In addition the sound level on the Audio is at least 50% lower than any other DVD I have and very thin in quality with little bass.
As for the movie itself I was expecting an uncut original version of the Film as nowhere did it indicate that the 10th Anniversary edition had been changed from the original. Imagine my surprise when the the introduction says that the film has been modified from the original version and has been edited for content, again WHY!!! the boxed set wasn't.
My advice is save your money for a better release than this 10th Anniversary edition. If you can find a source of the boxed set with Runaway Bride snap it up and save me a copy while you are about it. The boxed set was brilliant and I wish I had been quicker to buy it...
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