You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Pretty Woman

J.F. Lawton's formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman.

With:
Richard Gere Julia Roberts Ralph Bellamy Jason Alexander Laura San Giacomo Hector Elizondo

J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman.

Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks directions to Beverly Hills. Seducing this reluctant john, she’s improbably hired by Gere to spend the week with him as escort since he’s split up with his girlfriend. Her price tag is $3,000; film’s cryptic shooting title was 3000.

Film blossoms along with Roberts, when she doffs her unflattering Carol Channing blond wig to get natural and embark on a massively entertaining (and class conscious) shopping adventure on Rodeo Drive. Roberts handles the transition from coarse and gawky to glamorous with aplomb.

Pic’s casting is astute, with Gere underplaying like a sturdy ballet star who hoists the ballerina Roberts on his shoulders. Sexiest routine has Gere playing solo-jazz piano late at night in the hotel ballroom and joined for a tryst by Roberts. Supporting cast is outstanding.

1990: Nomination: Best Actress (Julia Roberts)

Pretty Woman

Production: Touchstone. Director Garry Marshall; Producer Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther; Screenplay J.F. Lawton; Camera Charles Minsky; Editor Priscilla Nedd; Music James Newton Howard; Art Director Albert Brenner

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 117 MIN.

With: Richard Gere Julia Roberts Ralph Bellamy Jason Alexander Laura San Giacomo Hector Elizondo

More Film

  • 'Infinite Football' Review: Delightful, Droll Doc

    Berlin Film Review: 'Infinite Football'

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

  • Liberty

    DR Premieres Ex-Pat Drama ‘Liberty'

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

  • Khook

    Berlin Film Review: 'Pig'

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

  • Oscars 2018: Why 2018 is a

    Why 2018 is a Banner Year for LGBTQ Representation at the Oscars (Guest Column)

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

  • Unga Astrid

    Berlin Film Review: 'Becoming Astrid'

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

  • BFI Flare Festival Unveils Lineup, has

    LGBTQ Film Festival BFI Flare Unveils Lineup, Seals ‘A Deal With the Universe’

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

  • CAA Signs Charlotte Gainsbourg

    Charlotte Gainsbourg Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

    J.F. Lawton’s formula screenplay owes plenty to Pygmalion, Cinderella and The Owl and the Pussycat in limning a fairy tale of a prostitute with a heart of gold who mellows a stuffy businessman. Pic’s first two reels are weak, as corporate raider Richard Gere is unconvincingly thrown together with streetwalker Julia Roberts when he seeks […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content