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Pretty Woman

October 26, 2015

PWIn this 20th anniversary re-release we get to know all over again Vivienne a prostitute who is employed by Edward a rich businessman and how both of them are changed by this encounter.

A Pygmalion story with some of the same socialist overtones. Edward and Vivian have a believable romance, and their relationship is about the rebuilding of dignity and self-worth.

 Themes: power and exploitation, vulnerability, freedom, love and sex.

Originally intended to be a dark cautionary tale about class and sex work in Los Angeles, the film was reconceived as a romantic comedy with a large budget. It was widely successful at the box office, and it became one of the highest money-makers of 1990.
Vivian: People put you down enough, you start to believe it.

Edward Lewis: I think you are a very bright, very special woman.

Vivian: The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?

Vivian: You’re late.

Edward Lewis: You’re stunning.

Vivian: You’re forgiven.

[after negotiating three thousand dollars] Vivian: I would have stayed for two thousand.

Edward Lewis: I would have paid four.

Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you? Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn’t wait on me.

Shop assistant: Oh.

Vivian: You people work on commission, right?

Shop assistant: Yeah.

Vivian: Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.

Vivian: I want the fairy tale.

Edward Lewis: I never treated you like a prostitute. [Walks away]

Vivian: You just did.

Edward Lewis: I told you not to pick up the phone.

Vivian: Then stop calling me.

[Kit is trying to cheer up Vivian] Vivian: Tell me one person who it’s worked out for.

Kit: What, you want me to name someone? You want like a name? Oh, God, the pressure of a name… I got it. Cindafuckin’rella

Kit: Fifty bucks, Grandpa. For seventy-five, the wife can watch.

Edward Lewis: People’s reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don’t, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.

Old Lady at Opera: Did you like the opera, dear?

Vivian: It was so good, I almost peed my pants!

Edward Lewis: She said she liked it better than Pirates of Penzance.

Edward Lewis: You can’t charge me for directions!

Vivian: I can do anything I want to baby, I ain’t lost.

Vivian: I’m gonna treat you so nice, you’re never gonna let me go.

Barney: It must be difficult to let go of something so beautiful.

Vivian: Let’s watch old movies all night… we’ll just veg out in front of the TV.

Edward Lewis: Veg out?

Vivian: Yeah. Be still like vegetables. Lay like broccoli.

Edward Lewis: Look, I’ll tell ya what. I’ll be back. We’ll do broccoli tomorrow.

Vivian: Bridge? He’s not really my uncle.

Bridget: They never are dear.

Edward Lewis: Do you have anything in this shop as beautiful as she is?

Vivian: That would make you a… lawyer.

Edward Lewis: What makes you think I’m a lawyer?

Vivian: You have that sharp, useless look about you.

Edward Lewis: I think we both know she’s not my niece.

Barney: Of course.

Edward Lewis: And the reason I know that is that I’m an only child.

Edward Lewis: 6 nights at $300 is $1800

Vivian: You want days too.

Edward Lewis: $2000

Vivian: $3000

Edward Lewis: Done.

[last lines] Happy Man: Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’.

Edward Lewis: Impossible relationships. My special gift is impossible relationships.

Vivian: I appreciate this whole seduction thing you’ve got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I’m a sure thing.

Lady at polo match: Edward is our most eligible bachelor, everyone is trying to land him.

Vivian: Oh, I’m not trying to land him, I’m just using him for sex.

Mr. Hollister: Just how obscene an amount of cash are we talking about here? Profane or really offensive?

Edward Lewis: Really offensive.

Mr. Hollister: I like him so much.

Vivian: Are you sure you want me to stay the night? I mean, I could just pop ya real good and get outta here.

Edward Lewis: No, I’d really like you to stay. I don’t want to be alone tonight.

Vivian: Is it your birthday?

Edward Lewis: No, no. Not my birthday.

Vivian: Oh. ‘Cause you know, I’ve been the surprise at a lot of birthday parties.

Edward Lewis: I’ll bet you have.

Vivian: When I was a little girl, my mama used to lock me in the attic when I was bad, which was pretty often. And I would- I would pretend I was a princess… trapped in a tower by a wicked queen. And then suddenly this knight… on a white horse with these colors flying would come charging up and draw his sword. And I would wave. And he would climb up the tower and rescue me. But never in all the time… that I had this dream did the knight say to me, “Come on, baby, I’ll put you up in a great condo.”

[At the beginning of the evening] Vivian: In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.

Edward Lewis: You make $100 an hour and you have a safety pin holding your boot up?

Vivian: [sitting with Edward leaning against her in the bathtub] Did I mention, my leg is 44″ from hip to toe. So basically we are talking about 88″ of therapy, wrapped around you for the bargain price of $3000 dollars.

Edward Lewis: You and I are such similar creatures, Vivian. We both screw people for money.

Edward Lewis: How much for the entire night?

Vivian: Stay here? You couldn’t afford it.

Edward Lewis: Try me.

Vivian: 300 dollars.

Edward Lewis: Done! Thank you. Now we can relax.

Edward Lewis: What’s your name?

Vivian: What do you want it to be?

Vivian: [referring to Philip Stuckey] Real genuine guy. Who is he?

Edward Lewis: He’s my lawyer. He’s all right.

Vivian: You could freeze ice on his wife’s ass.

Edward Lewis: Maybe we’ll try that later.

[first lines] Magician at party: No matter what they say, it’s all about money. So let’s imagine, ladies, that you’re a savings and loan officer. Watch – one, two, three; see, you’ve got it all, and we’ve got nothing. You’ve got all four, take a look.

Philip Stuckey: He mortgaged everything he owns, right down to his underwear, to secure a loan from the bank.

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