In the Cinderella story that made Julia Roberts a star, a corporate raider hires a hooker to pose as his girlfriend for a week... and falls in love. Meanwhile, she wonders if the straight life - with him - might be a dream come true. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress--Julia Roberts.
Main Cast & Crew:
Garry Marshall - Director
Laura San Giacomo
- Format: DVD (15th Anniversary Edition)
- Run Time: 114
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 786936281330
- Genre: Romance
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: February 2000
While driving back to his Beverly Hills hotel, millionaire corporate raider Edward Lewis takes a wrong turn and ends up on Hollywood Boulevard, where he meets prostitute Vivian Ward. She steers him back to his hotel, charming him along the way, and he decides to hire her for the rest of the evening. In the morning, Edward realizes that he could use an escort for the week, so he hands Vivian $3000 to stay -- and sends her on a fantasy shopping spree. What begins as a purely business transaction develops into something more, but can a poor prostitute and a rich businessman really live happily ever after?
Script was developed at the Sundance Film Institute. According to the July 1991 "Esquire," Robert Garland, Stephen Metcalfe, and Barbara Benedek all contributed to the development of the screenplay. Earlier versions of the screenplay were more downbeat and realistic, emphasizing the darker side of the relationships. Director Garry Marshall is often credited with turning the film into a more romantic, upbeat fairy tale. The film utilizes clips from the film "Charade" (1963) and the television series "I Love Lucy." Lee Ashley arranged and performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." Shot on location in Los Angeles, California in Technicolor, beginning July 24, 1989 and completed October 18, 1989, using Panavision equipment. Titles and opticals by Cinema Research Corporation and main title design by Robert Dawson. Screened at the 1990 Taormina Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival, and Cairo International Film Festival. Released in USA March 23, 1990. Released on video October 19, 1990. Reviewed in New York Times and Los Angeles Times March 23, 1990, and in Monthly Film Bulletin May, 1990. Another working title for the film was "3000" or "Three Thousand," referring to the amount of money Julia Roberts' character was paid for her services. Additional music credits: Peter Cox and Richard Drummie also wrote "King of Wishful Thinking." Carlos Alomar wrote "Fame," Allen Powell wrote "Life in Detail," Scott Cutler wrote "Tangled," William Deese wrote "Pretty Woman," Karen Hernandez wrote and performed "Five for Louie," Johnny O'Keefe and Dave Owen wrote "Real Wild Child (Wild One)," performed by Christopher Ocasek, Matthew Wilder and Sam Lorber wrote "Wild Women Do," The Grand Dominion Jazz Band performed "One Sweet Letter from You" and "You Don't Understand," and Lauren Wood wrote and performed "It Must Have Been Love." Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification. Copyright 1990 Touchstone Pictures.
"...Pleasingly performed..." - 03/23/1990 USA Today, p.4D
"...Something special....[Roberts] is so enchantingly beautiful, so funny, so natural and such an absolute delight that it is hard to hold anything against the movie..." - 03/23/1990 New York Times, p.C20
"...This flick was all about Julia..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.41
"Roberts' break-out movie..." - 09/09/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.134-135
4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]illy, snazzy escapism that reminds us of simpler times." - 01/25/2009 Total Film