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Plot, Details & Awards

Pretty Woman

(1990)
R In Theaters 03/23/1990 , 117min.
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Plot & Details

Self-involved corporate raider Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) has recently split up with his girlfriend. Seeking directions to the Beverly Hills Hotel, he makes the acquaintance of free-spirited hooker Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) and decides to put her on a 3,000-dollar retainer as his "date." He Cinderellarizes her by bankrolling a full wardrobe and cosmetic makeover. Of course, the setup will be strictly platonic. A disarming modern-day fairy tale, Pretty Woman was the picture that made Julia Roberts a superstar. As charming as she is in her "giggling" sequences, Roberts' best scene is her triumphant return to a posh Rodeo Drive shop where she'd been previously snubbed. Keeping Pretty Woman afloat throughout is the buoyant direction of Garry Marshall and the always welcome presence of Marshall's stock company of actors, including Hector Elizondo as a stuffy but golden-hearted concierge. Pretty Woman began its life as a much darker story of prostitutes and homicidal drug dealers, but more box-office-savvy heads ultimately prevailed.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Julia Roberts Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Julia Roberts Nominated
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Garry Marshall Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Hector Elizondo Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Julia Roberts Won
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Richard Gere Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Julia Roberts Nominated
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Garry Marshall Nominated

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 People's Choice Awards Best Picture - Comedy or Musical Won
1990 People's Choice Awards Best Picture Won
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