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Pretty Woman

A corporate mogul from Wall Street (Richard Gere) rents, woos, and wows a street hooker from Hollywood Boulevard (Julia Roberts) in this 1990 romantic comedy, which proves that the Disney people can sell just about anything—including a misogynistic celebration of big business and prostitution. In this case, prostitution's OK because the hooker's a likable bimbo who works without a pimp or a boss, grateful for the little crumbs of high culture the suave company buster can sweep her way, and perfectly willing to offer a little therapy for his patriarchal hang-ups in return. He pays her $3,000 and they fall in love—ain't Hollywood grand? Garry Marshall directed a script by J.F. Lawton; with Ralph Bellamy, Jason Alexander, and Laura San Giacomo.



  • Garry Marshall


  • Richard Gere
  • Julia Roberts
  • Ralph Bellamy
  • Jason Alexander
  • Laura San Giacomo
  • Hector Elizondo
  • Alex Hyde-White
  • Amy Yasbeck
  • Patrick Richwood
  • Larry Miller
  • Elinor Donahue


  • Laura Ziskin
  • Nancy Gross
  • Steven Reuther
  • Arnon Milchan

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