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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Nominated:. The pod race sequence on Tatooine appears heavily influenced, if not lifted wholesale, from the chariot race in Ben-Hur. Winner: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Julia Roberts). While Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress has often been seen as a source of inspiration for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Phantom Menace's middle section on Tatooine , with its series of non-violent bargaining and twists of chance, demonstrates the strongest correspondence to Japanese film in the saga. Primary Cast:. Given Lucas' penchant for layered meanings in these movies, it is arguable that all these interpretations contain a grain of truth. 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. Whilst the heroes are focused on combating the threat to Naboo, they are unwitting pawns in a connivance of far greater scope.

These were included on the 15th anniversary DVD release. The keystone of the plot is the plight of the Naboo arousing a sympathy vote in the Senate. ("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. In this sense, the key outcome of this movie is the elevation of Palpatine to the office of Chancellor - an outcome that would have resulted had the Trade Federation's gambit succeeded or failed. 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. A further theory is based upon the understanding that the central menace of the movie, the Neimoidian dominated Trade Federation's blockade and invasion of Naboo, is itself nothing more than a phantom, a piece of political misdirection wrought by Darth Sidious as part of the machinations designed to bring about the ultimate victory of the Sith. However, scenes were filmed (but cut) that feature into these personality flaws. So the 'phantom' in the title of Episode I could be referring to the Dark Lord of the Sith and ‘menace’ to the meaning of the name 'Sidious.' Another possible meaning of the title is a subtle indication at the ultimate outcome of the Saga--Anakin becomes Darth Vader.

These aspects were eventually incorperated into the character of Kit. (Of persons and things.). The original script painted her as hyper-sexual and a heavy drug user. Full of wiles or plots; lying in wait or seeking to entrap or ensnare; proceeding or operating secretly or subtly so as not to excite suspicion; sly, treacherous, deceitful, underhand, artful, cunning, crafty, wily. 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 Oxford English Dictionary gives following definition:. The movie was heavily edited into the final result which most are familiar with. The title could also refer to the origin of Darth Sidious' name, which is the adjective 'insidious'.

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". It is usually suggested that the title refers to Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, or the Sith in general. 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. There is a great deal of speculation as to what the title, "The Phantom Menace", refers to; the titles of the other films seem to generally be self-explanatory. 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. One, known as The Phantom Edit, is regarded as a superior version by many who have seen both. 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. A number of people anonymously re-edited the film and released their edited versions over the Internet.

Pretty Woman is an American romantic comedy motion picture that was one of the top films at the box office in 1990. Many fans felt this was unnecessary and ruins an aspect of the saga which sets it apart from other popular sci-fi titles in which religion and spirituality are of little importance or totally absent. Lawton). Another source of dissatisfaction comes from the decision to explain the Force in terms of hard science, hence the introduction of midi-chlorians. Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (J.F. Fan reaction was mixed. Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture (Hector Elizondo). Special venom was directed at the character of Jar Jar Binks, who was regarded by most of the older fan community as purely a merchandising opportunity rather than a serious character in the film.

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama (Richard Gere). Some aspects of the scripting were also criticised. Academy Award for Best Actress (Julia Roberts). Many critics heavily criticized the direction and the acting of Portman and especially Jake Lloyd as the young Anakin Skywalker. Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. It was the first time a Star Wars film did not win that Oscar competition category. BAFTA Award for Best Picture. This attitude was confirmed with the rival film, The Matrix, winning the visual effects Academy Award for 1999 over the Star Wars film.

Hank Azaria: Detective (Hollywood Blvd.). The much-hyped special effects, while generally viewed as groundbreaking in their sheer scope, were perhaps less impressive than anticipated simply because of high expectations. Hector Elizondo: Barney Thompson. However, critical and fan reaction ranged from guarded praise to outright derision. Laura San Giacomo: Kit De Luca. After an enormous marketing campaign, with the distinctive artwork of Star Wars series artist Drew Struzan gracing the movie poster and other advertising, there was almost unprecedented interest amongst both fans and the wider community in the return of one of the most successful movie series of all time. Jason Alexander: Phil Stuckey. Filming was primarily done at Leavesden Studios in England, with additional location shooting in the Tunisian desert and the Italian palace Palazzo Reale, Caserta.

Ralph Bellamy: Jim Morse. The budget of Menace was US$115 million. Julia Roberts: Vivian Ward. Queen Amidala presents a gift of appreciation and friendship to Boss Nass. Richard Gere: Edward Lewis. The film closes with a large celebration of liberation from the Trade Federation on the planet of Naboo. Because there are only two Sith ever at any given time (a master and an apprentice), they believe that there is still another one out there.

Qui-Gon is cremated, and Mace Windu and Yoda agree that his death was caused by the Sith. Kenobi conveys his master’s wish regarding Anakin Skywalker to Yoda, who reluctantly allows him to become Obi-Wan’s apprentice. After the battle, the Jedi Council names Obi-Wan a Jedi Knight. Obi-Wan gives his word that he will train the boy.

Just before passing away, Qui-Gon instructs Obi-Wan to train Anakin to become a Jedi. He kills Qui-Gon Jinn, but Obi-Wan Kenobi in turn slays Darth Maul. At the same time, Darth Maul has been engaging in combat with the two Jedi. However, victory is won when young Anakin Skywalker commandeers a fighter plane and destroys the Federation's droid command ship, rendering the droid army useless. Meanwhile, Queen Amidala and her force fight their way back into the palace and capture the leader of the Trade Federation.

After much fighting against the Federation's droid army, defeat for the alliance seems imminent. Queen Amidala, back in Naboo, forms an alliance with the Gungan people, uniting in battle against the Trade Federation. She is frustrated by the Senate's deliberation and lack of action, and feels that by the time Palpatine is elected Chancellor it will be too late. The two Jedi accompany the Queen back to Naboo. After doing so, the Queen decides to return to her home planet to repel the invasion of her people.

Meanwhile, Senator Palpatine (of Naboo) uses Queen Amidala's situation to his advantage by persuading her to call a motion of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum so that he can get himself nominated as the new Chancellor. They are also concerned due to their sense of what seems to be a cloudy future and a strong presence of fear in the boy. After testing the boy and deliberating with one another, the Council refuses, deeming him too old for training according to Jedi Code. Qui-Gon also informs the Council about Anakin, hoping that he can be trained as a Jedi.

Because of his mastery of the Jedi arts, the Council becomes concerned that this may indicate the reappearance of the Sith, a long-gone religious order who followed the Dark Side of the Force. On Coruscant, Qui-Gon Jinn informs the Jedi Council of the mysterious attacker he encountered on Tatooine. Maul appears just as the group is leaving the planet, and fights Qui-Gon, who then manages to escape on the ship. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul, to kill the two Jedi and capture the Queen.

Anakin wins the race and joins the team as they head for Coruscant, where Qui-Gon plans to seek permission from the Jedi Council to train him to be a Jedi. By entering Anakin into a podrace, Qui-Gon orchestrates a gamble in which the boy will be released from slavery and they will win the needed parts for their ship. Qui-Gon Jinn senses a strong presence of the Force in Anakin, and feels that he may be the Chosen One who will fulfill a prophecy by bringing balance to the Force. Anakin is gifted with piloting and mechanics (he has built an almost-complete droid named C-3PO).

While searching for needed parts, they befriend young Anakin Skywalker, a slave boy, whose master is Watto, an alien junk dealer. Due to the attack, however, the ship is forced to land on the desert planet of Tatooine for repairs. A droid named R2-D2 heroically repairs the Queen's starship as they narrowly escape an attack from the Federation base ship. They depart for Coruscant, the Galactic Republic’s capital planet, to ask for help from the Senate.

The Jedi, with Jar Jar Binks in tow, reach the capital of Naboo and rescue Queen Amidala from the Trade Federation droid army. The Jedi meet the Gungan leader, Boss Nass, and ask him to help the people of Naboo, but Nass refuses and sends them off in a submarine. Meanwhile, the Trade Federation invades Naboo and captures their leader, Queen Padmé Amidala. On the planet's surface, the Jedi meet local native outcast Jar Jar Binks, who brings them to an underwater Gungan settlement to escape the Trade Federation army.

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan escape the assassination attempt by the Federation and flee to the surface of Naboo. Unbeknownst to them, the Trade Federation is in league with the mysterious Darth Sidious, who secretly orders an invasion of Naboo and the killing of the two Jedi upon their arrival. Chancellor Valorum of the Galactic Republic secretly sends two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, to resolve the dispute. It is the year 32 BBY (or, 32 years prior to Episode IV), and a trade dispute between the Trade Federation and the planet of Naboo has led to a blockade of the planet.


. It is the first in a trilogy of films that function as a prequel to the original trilogy of Star Wars films and, in chronological story order, the first in a six-part saga. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. Funny, because at the part of the song where Darth Vader is rising in Episode III, Obi-Wan tells Anakin that he'll be a Jedi.

At Qui-Gon's funeral pyre, a song from Episode III is heard. At the end of the credits, following the last notes of the song, Darth Vader can be heard breathing in the background while the screen is pitch black. The scene is included among the deleted scenes on the DVD release. A Greedo scene was shot but deleted from the theatrical version of the film.

Famous characters from the original trilogy that make their first chronological appearance in this movie include C-3PO, Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt, Obi-wan Kenobi, Palpatine, R2-D2, Anakin Skywalker, and Yoda. [1] (http://216.127.78.103/~dutch-starwars.com/database/aliens/pics/et.jpg). the Extra-Terrestrial. When Queen Amidala calls for a vote of no confidence, a group of aliens that can be seen in the Galactic Senate resemble E.T.'s race from E.T.

Voice of Tey How .... Tyger. Voice of Aks Moe .... Marc Silk. Toby Longworth. Voice of Lott Dod ...

Chris Sanders. Voice of Daultay Dofine ... James Taylor. Voice of Rune Haako ...

Peter Serafinowicz. Voice of Darth Maul ... Voice of TC-14 .... Lindsay Duncan. Kathy Smee, Don Austen, David Greenaway.

Yoda Puppeteers ... Silas Carson. Lott Dod ... Mark Coulier.

Aks Moe ... Jeroma Blake. Mas Amedda ... Phil Eason.

Yaddle ... Dipika O'Neill Joti. Depa Billaba ... Jerome Blake.

Oppo Rancisis ... Michaela Cottrell. Even Piell ... Silas Carson.

Ki-Adi-Mundi ... Michelle Taylor. Yarael Poof ... Alan Ruscoe.

Plo Koon ... Khan Bonfils. Saesee Tiin ... Gin.

Adi Gallia ... Hassani Shapi. Eeth Koth ... Megan Udall.

Melee ... Jenna Green. Amee ... Oliver Walpole.

Seek ... Dhruv Chanchani. Kitster ... Margaret Towner.

Jira ... Himself. Jabba the Hutt ... Scott Capurro.

Beed ... Greg Proops. Fode ... John Fensom.

TC-14 ... Silas Carson. Republic Cruiser Pilot ... Bronagh Gallagher.

Republic Cruiser Captain ... Keira Knightley. Sabé ... Sofia Coppola.

Saché ... Candice Orwell. Yané ... Friday (Liz) Wilson.

Eirtaé ... Cristina da Silva. Rabé ... Dominic West.

Palace Guard ... Jackson. Samuel L. Mace Windu ...

Clarence Smith. Fighter Pilot Bravo 3 ... Benedict Taylor. Fighter Pilot Bravo 2 ...

Celia Imrie. Fighter Pilot Bravo 5 ... Ralph Brown. Ric Olié ...

Alan Ruscoe. Daultay Dofine ... Jerome Blake. Rune Haako ...

Silas Carson. Nute Gunray ... Steven Speirs. Captain Tarpals ...

Warwick Davis. Wald ... Lewis MacLeod. Sebulba ...

Ray Park. Darth Maul ... Andy Secombe. Watto ...

Brian Blessed. Boss Nass ... Terence Stamp. Chancellor Valorum ...

Frank Oz. Yoda ... Kenny Baker. R2-D2 ...

Anthony Daniels. C-3PO ... Ahmed Best. Jar Jar Binks ...

Hugh Quarshie. Captain Panaka ... Oliver Ford Davies. Sio Bibble ...

Pernilla August. Shmi Skywalker ... Ian McDiarmid. Senator Palpatine ...

Jake Lloyd. Anakin Skywalker ... Natalie Portman. Queen Amidala / Padmé ...

Ewan McGregor. Obi-Wan Kenobi ... Liam Neeson. Qui-Gon Jinn ...

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