Pretty Woman

For the Roy Orbison song sometimes known as "Pretty Woman", see Oh, Pretty Woman.

Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990. The winner of the Golden Globe Award and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead performance as Los Angeles streetwalker Viv Ward, actress Julia Roberts achieved megastar status as a result of this film.

In a role modeled in part on real-life business financier Henry Kravis, co-star Richard Gere portrays Edward Lewis, a wealthy and ruthless businessman who makes a living as a corporate takeover specialist.

An oft-told love story about two people from opposite ends of the social spectrum who meet and fall in love, Pretty Woman is the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history.

The film also featured the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, "King Of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, and the first major hit of the Swedish band Roxette, "It Must Have Been Love".

The movie was heavily edited into the final result which most are familiar with. It is often referred to as a story about a "hooker with a heart of gold," inferring that although she has chosen a lifestyle of prostitution, the character of Vivian is actually a good person. The original script painted her as hyper-sexual and a heavy drug user. These aspects were eventually incorperated into the character of Kit. However, scenes were filmed (but cut) that feature into these personality flaws. Notably, a moment occurs when Vivian comments that she would rather give the character of Edward speedy gratification than have to spend the night with him. ("I could just pop 'ya good and be on my way.)" Another filmed scene has her confronted by drug dealers outside of The Blue Banana only to have Edward rescue her. These were included on the 15th anniversary DVD release.

Notoriously, Roberts has commented that the body on the cover is not her own; her head was pasted on a photograph of her body double, who also appeared in the opening sequence of the film.

Primary Cast:

  • Richard Gere: Edward Lewis
  • Julia Roberts: Vivian Ward
  • Ralph Bellamy: Jim Morse
  • Jason Alexander: Phil Stuckey
  • Laura San Giacomo: Kit De Luca
  • Hector Elizondo: Barney Thompson
  • Hank Azaria: Detective (Hollywood Blvd.)

Awards:

Winner: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Julia Roberts)

Nominated:

  • BAFTA Award for Best Picture
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Julia Roberts)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama (Richard Gere)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture (Hector Elizondo)
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (J.F. Lawton)

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These were included on the 15th anniversary DVD release. Rainier" and "Paula" are the same woman until the very last page of the book. ("I could just pop 'ya good and be on my way.)" Another filmed scene has her confronted by drug dealers outside of The Blue Banana only to have Edward rescue her. The major difference between the two versions is that the reader does not realize that "Mrs. Notably, a moment occurs when Vivian comments that she would rather give the character of Edward speedy gratification than have to spend the night with him. Rainier goes to him, a few words are spoken and readers realize Mrs. Rainier and Paula are the same woman. However, scenes were filmed (but cut) that feature into these personality flaws. Mrs.

These aspects were eventually incorperated into the character of Kit. Mrs. Rainier and Harrison find Charles up on a hillside. The original script painted her as hyper-sexual and a heavy drug user. They wind up in Beachings Over and spot Charles' car. It is often referred to as a story about a "hooker with a heart of gold," inferring that although she has chosen a lifestyle of prostitution, the character of Vivian is actually a good person. She asks Harrision to take her for a drive, to get away from the news of impending war. The movie was heavily edited into the final result which most are familiar with. He outlines what has taken place.

The film also featured the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, "King Of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, and the first major hit of the Swedish band Roxette, "It Must Have Been Love". Rainier. An oft-told love story about two people from opposite ends of the social spectrum who meet and fall in love, Pretty Woman is the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history. Charles goes off to search and Harrison returns to the Rainier home, where he encounters Mrs. In a role modeled in part on real-life business financier Henry Kravis, co-star Richard Gere portrays Edward Lewis, a wealthy and ruthless businessman who makes a living as a corporate takeover specialist. Of Paula, there is no trace. The winner of the Golden Globe Award and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead performance as Los Angeles streetwalker Viv Ward, actress Julia Roberts achieved megastar status as a result of this film. Harrision helps him, finding out that the parson died in Liverpool shortly after Smith disappeared.

Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990. Charles is now a member of Parliament, but becomes more interested in piecing together his lost years than anything. Lawton). Harrision picks up the thread again, as Charles fills him in on the details of the missing years. Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (J.F. Smith arrives in Liverpool, but slips whilst crossing the street in the rain. Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture (Hector Elizondo). Impressed, the editor asks Smith to come and talk with him.

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama (Richard Gere). The parson knows the editor of a newspaper in Liverpool, and has sent some of Smith's writings to him. Academy Award for Best Actress (Julia Roberts). Smith and Paula marry and Smith starts to help the parson in his work. Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. When they read in the newspaper about his fight and that the authorities are looking for him, Paula and Smithy move to London, where they are befriended by a kindly parson. BAFTA Award for Best Picture. They decide to stay in the small village.

Hank Azaria: Detective (Hollywood Blvd.). Paula tracks him down. Hector Elizondo: Barney Thompson. Panicked by that and his fear of performing on stage, Smith leaves the troupe and travels to a small village named Beachings Over. Laura San Giacomo: Kit De Luca. Rushing to the theater one night he gets into a fight with a man in the street. Jason Alexander: Phil Stuckey. Smith even does some performing.

Ralph Bellamy: Jim Morse. Paula and Smithy become close during this period. Julia Roberts: Vivian Ward. She arranges a job with the travelling troup of actors. Richard Gere: Edward Lewis. A week or so later he goes to a vaudeville show, and is spotted in the audience by Paula, who is performing. Paula sends him away in time to the country.

Eventually the hospital finds out he is at the Owl. He recovers and takes on odd jobs at the hotel, under the watchful eye of the owner, Biff, who Paula has convinced to protect Smithy from being returned to the hospital. He becomes ill and she administers to him. Feeling poorly, "Smith" is helped by Paula to the Owl hotel, where she is staying.

The shopkeeper recognises he is from the asylum and goes to report him, but another shopper -- a young woman -- rescues him and they leave the shop. He goes into Melbury, and enters a tobacconist's shop. So he walks away from the hospital while the gatekeepers are celebrating. The war has ended.

He is walking in the foggy grounds of the hospital when sirens and church bells start to go off. The book now picks up Charle's life in the hospital, where he is suffering from memory loss. He and Harrison drive there, where he finds the asylum he was in during the final days of World War I. He starts to remember things, including being in a hospital in Melbury.

On a lark they go see an old-fashioned vaudeville show, and something about it sparks a vague memory in Charles. Harrison takes over as narrator again, and relates Charles' tale of throwing himself into work even more after Kitty left. (Kitty marries in Egypt, where she dies shortly thereafter.) War is on the horizon, and Harrison and Rainier spend time together going to music halls and working. But before their wedding, Charles gets a note from Kitty breaking off the engagement, and telling him she is going abroad. He and Kitty become engaged.

He has saved the family fortune, but at the price of his own dreams. Kitty grows up, and Charles never gets back to college. Years pass. He takes a leave from college and throws himself into work.

Under the poor leadership of Charles' older brother Chet, Rainier shares dwindle in worth until Charles has to take control of the company to save it from bankruptcy. Then he goes off to Cambridge to enjoy a life as a scholar, living off his meager dividends. Charles, wanting nothing to do with the family business, convinces his lawyer to sell his shares in the company and invest them in government securities. Some do it willingly.

Prompted by the family lawyer, each of the Rainier heirs agrees to give up a portion of their inheritence to Charles, so he may have an equal share. Shortly afterwards, Charles receives word that his father has died and returns home. The family gathers to pay their last respects, and included is 14-year old Kitty, step-daughter of Charles' elder sister Jill. Rainier so he can change his will back and include Charles, who had been assumed dead. Told by the doctor that the shock of his return could be fatal to his father, Charles decides to leave his home to lessen the risk to his father, despite the fact that the family lawyer insists on telling the senior Mr.

Charles' tale is told in the third person, and relates his return to Staunton, where he learns his father is gravely ill. One night Charles and Harrison are up late and Charles relates his story from the time he woke up in Liverpool in 1919, having lost two years of his life. Rainier ("Helen" in the novel) reside at Stourton, their country manor, where she is the perfect hostess, and a young man named Woburn has been hired to catalogue the family library. Charles and Mrs.

Harrison. The book is prefaced with this quote: "According to a British Official report, bombs fell at Random." The novel starts in 1937, and is narrated by Charles Rainier's secretary, Mr. There is much more detail about the "lost years," and there is a major character that does not appear in the movie (Charles' young assistant). It opens with Charles, years after his memory has been restored.

Charles Rainier's time. & Mrs. While the film is shot in a linear timeline, the novel bounces back and forth between Smithy and Paula's time and Mrs. He turns, memories flooding back; he cries out "Paula!" and the film ends as they embrace.

She calls "Smithy!". Hoping it was Charles, she goes to the cottage and sees him outside. She is told someone else had just that morning asked about the same woman. Margaret, about to leave for the boat train, makes an off-the-cuff remark to someone about the previous inn-keeper, whom she knew when she and Smithy stayed in the inn.

His returning memory leads him to the shop where he and Paula first met, and eventually to the house he and Paula shared in the country. He succeeds and afterwards he begins to recall certain places and events from his missing years -- it turns out that the town he is in is the same one he was hospitalized in. While Margaret is remembering happier times with Smithy, Charles has to act as mediator in a strike at the Melbridge Cable Works. With time to spare before her liner sails, she visits the hamlet she and Smithy lived in one more time.

Mentally exhausted by the stress of hoping Smithy will come back to her, Margaret decides to take an extended vacation abroad by herself. Charles hopes their life together can fill the void they both feel. She recounts her own past love, whom she has lost. They sometimes discuss his lost years, since it is obvious that he still feels an emptiness inside.

She is the perfect wife and society hostess. Charles and Margaret become an ideal couple. She accepts, still hoping to jar his memory of "Smithy". He proposes to Margaret, more as a business proposition than a romantic one.

After his triumphant election, in which Margaret assisted him, he feels the need for a wife in his new role. Charles is then approached to stand for Parliament. But the quest fails and Charles abandons hope he will ever regain those years. When she hears Charles is in Liverpool, trying to piece together his lost years, Margaret goes to join him.

She breaks off the engagement and goes away. While settling on details for their marriage, a hymm that he and Kitty are picking out triggers a vague memory and Kitty realizes that Charles still has an uneasiness towards their union. She still had hopes he would remember their love and life together. Paula, now known as "Margaret," ("Paula" having been her stage name), has her marriage dissolved so Charles can marry Kitty without any furture legal problems.

Years pass and Charles and Kitty become engaged. But he doesn't. She manages to obtain a position as his assistant, hoping he will recognize her. One day she sees a photo of Smithy in a newspaper, touting his accomplishments as Charles Rainier, the "Industrial Prince of England".

Losing her son in infancy, Paula returns to the business world as a secretary. During those years, Paula has conducted an unsuccessful search for Smithy. As the years pass she becomes infatuated with her "uncle.". One of those who welcome him home is Kitty, step-daughter of one of Charles' siblings.

He toys with the idea of returning to university to resume his studies which were interrupted by the war, but doesn't make it back. Charles yearns for a life of scholarship, but the family's business needs him and he puts off his own desires to rescue the family fortune. His siblings are amazed, and some not all that pleased, since he inherits a goodly portion of his late father's estate. He returns home to learn of his father's death, and takes his place in the household again.

"Smith" is in fact Charles Rainier, son of a wealthy businessman. He now remembers who he was, but has no recollection of Paula and the idyllic life he shared with her. To him, he is still in France and the war is still raging. He awakens in a chemists shop, and is astonished to learn that he has lost three years of his life.

In Liverpool "Smithy" is struck by a taxi while crossing the street. Smith gets an offer from a newspaper in Liverpool to come for an interview and he leaves his wife, Paula (pregnant at the time) for the day trip into the city. He discovers a literary talent and takes to writing stories for a living and they share a blissful existence together. After an incident that could result in his being returned to the hospital, Paula takes Smith away to a secluded country village where they marry and set up house.

After she discovers he has left the hospital, but is perfectly fine except for his memory loss, she realizes he will never get well surrounded by impersonal surroundings at "the asylum." She arranges for him to join her travelling theatrical group. In town he is befriended by Paula, a kindly showgirl, who takes him under her wing. Out for an evening walk in the foggy grounds, Smith simply wanders off. When the war ends, jubiliation reigns in Melbridge, the town near the hospital, and the gatekeepers abandon their posts to celebrate.

He has lost his memory, and is bitterly disappointed when a couple looking for their missing son says he is not theirs. "John Smith" is a solider who was gassed and shellshocked in the trenches and is at an English hospital.
The film opens during the closing days of World War I. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ronald Colman), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Susan Peters), Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay.

(See plot outline below.). The movie departs from the book's narrative in one very important way, but it could not have been filmed as written. The novel was first published in 1941 and has rarely been out of print since. The movie was directed by Marvyn LeRoy and adapted by Claudine West, George Froeschel and Arthur Wimperis from the novel by James Hilton.

It stars Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers and Reginald Owen. He begins a new life, then suddenly regains his memory and tries to pick up his old life, having no recollection of his "new" life. Random Harvest is a 1942 film in which a man loses his memory after being traumatized by his experiences in World War I.

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