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Pretty man

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by Laura Ziskin
Written by J.F. Lawton
Starring Richard Gere
Julia Roberts
Héctor Elizondo
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Charles Minsky
Editing by Raja Gosnell
Priscilla Nedd
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) March 23, 1990
Running time Theatrical cut
119 min.
Director's Cut
125 min.
Country United States
Language English
Italian
Japanese
Budget $14 million
Gross revenue $463 million
Followed by Runaway Bride

Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film. Written by J.F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, the film features Richard Gere, Julia Roberts and Hector Elizondo. Pretty Woman's plot centers on down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward who is hired by a wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of Vivian's week long stay with him.

Originally intended to be a dark drama about prostitution in New York, the film was reconceptualized into a romantic comedy with a broader budget. The film was a critical success and became one of 1990's highest grossing films, and today is one of the most financially successful entries in the romantic comedy genre, with an estimated gross of $464 million USD.[1] Roberts received a Golden Globe Award for her role, and received a nomination for an Academy Award, in addition screenwriter J.F. Lawton was nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a BAFTA Award. The film was followed by a string of similar romantic comedies, including Runaway Bride (1999), which re-united Gere and Roberts under the direction of Garry Marshall once again.

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Plot

Edward Lewis, a successful business man and "corporate raider", takes a detour on Hollywood Boulevard to ask for directions. Receiving little help, he encounters prostitute Vivian Ward who is willing to assist him in getting to his destination. After a car conversation, Edward ends up hiring Vivian to stay with him for a week as an escort for social events, Vivian advises him that it "will cost him", and he gives her $3000 and access to his credit cards. Vivian then goes shopping on Rodeo Drive, only to find that she is snubbed by saleswomen who disdain her because of her appearance. Initially, Hotel Manager Bernard Thompson (Elizondo) is also somewhat taken back by her, but relents, and decides to help her buy a dress, even coaching her on dinner etiquette. Edward returns and is visibly amazed by Vivian's transformation. The business dinner is successful, but Edward is preoccupied with the deal afterward.

Richard Gere playing businessman Edward Lewis, and Julia Roberts as prostitute Vivian Ward, in a scene from Pretty Woman

Vivian explains to Edward about her humiliation at the clothing boutique on Rodeo Drive the previous day and takes her on a shopping spree, where she returns to the same shop that had snubbed, telling them they have made a "huge mistake". The song "Oh, Pretty Woman" sets the scene for the famous shopping montage in the film. The following day, Edward takes Vivian to a polo match where he is interested in networking for his business deal. While Vivian chats to David Morse, the grandson of the man involved in Edward's latest deal, Philip becomes worried she is a spy. Edward reassures him by telling him how they met, and Philip then comes on to Vivian. When they return to the hotel, she is furious with Edward for telling him, and plans to leave, but he apologizes and persuades her to see out the week.

Edward leaves work early the next day and takes Vivian on a date to the Opera in San Francisco in his private jet. She clearly is moved by the music, and says "If I forget to tell you later, I had a wonderful time tonight." The two then make love, in a personal rather than professional way. Over breakfast, Edward offers to put her up in an apartment so he can continue seeing her, but she feels insulted and says this is not the "fairytale" she wants. He then goes off to work without resolving the situation. Kit comes to the hotel and sees that she has fallen for him, although Vivian denies it.

Edward meets Morse, about to close the deal, and changes his mind at the last minute. His time with Vivian has shown him another way of being - taking time off and enjoying activities he initially had little time for - and working. As a result, his strong interest towards his business is put aside. He decides that he would rather help Morse than overtake his company. Philip is livid, and goes to the hotel. Vivian is there and he blames her for changing Edward - he comes onto her again, and then hits her before Edward returns and pulls him off and chucks him out. Vivian leaves, and is seen back at home with Kit, packing up to leave for San Francisco to get her life together. Edward gets into the car with the chauffeur that took her home, and rather than going to the airport, he goes to her apartment and climbs up the fire escape, despite his fear of heights, with a rose in his mouth, to woo her. The film ends as the two of them kiss on the fire escape.

Cast

Julia Roberts as the transformed Vivian
  • Richard Gere as Edward Lewis: Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who is alone on business for a week in Los Angeles. At the start of the film, he borrows a fancy car from his lawyer and winds up in the red-light district. After getting lost, he meets a hooker named Vivian while asking for directions on his way back to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. He once told her he had already sold and re-bought the company he inherited from his father a few times.
  • Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward: Vivian works as a prostitute on Hollywood Boulevard. She runs into Edward, a wealthy businessman, when he asks her for directions to Beverly Hills. Edward hires Vivian for the night and offers $3,000 to spend the week with him.
  • Ralph Bellamy as James Morse: James is a businessman and owner of an underperforming company in which Edward is interested in buying and breaking up. Edward later has a change of heart and offers to partner up with Morse for a shipbuilding contract that would effectively make his company strong again.
  • Jason Alexander as Philip Stuckey: Philip is Edward's misogynistic lawyer. Philip pesters Edward after he sees Vivian and David Morse getting along. After revealing that Vivian is a prostitute, Philip unsuccessfully attempts to sleep with Vivian.
  • John David Carson as Mark Roth
  • Laura San Giacomo as Kit De Luca: Kit is Vivian's wisecracking friend. She is also her roommate who spent their rent money on drugs. After Vivian gives her rent money and a little more, while telling her that she has 'potential', an inspired Kit begins to plan for a life off the streets.
  • Alex Hyde-White as David Morse
  • Amy Yasbeck as Elizabeth Stuckey
  • Elinor Donahue as Bridget
  • Hector Elizondo as Barnard Thompson: A stuffy but golden-hearted concierge, Barnard is the manager of the hotel. At first, Barnard does not hide his disdain for Vivian although he eventually befriends Vivian, helps her buy a cocktail dress and gives her table manners lessons.
  • Judith Baldwin as Susan

Production

Pre-production

Pretty Woman was initially conceived to be a dark drama about prostitution in Los Angeles in the late 1980s.[2] The relationship between Vivian and Edward also originally harboured controversial themes, including the concept of having Vivian addicted to drugs; part of the deal was that she had to stay off of cocaine for a week, because she needed the money to go to Disneyland. Edward eventually throws her out of his car and drives off. The movie was scripted to end with Vivian and her prostitute friend on the bus to Disneyland.[2] These traits, considered by producer Laura Ziskin to be detrimental to the otherwise sympathetic portrayal of her, were removed or incorporated into the character of Vivian's friend, Kit. These "cut scenes" have been found in public view, and some were included on the DVD released on the movie's 15th anniversary.[2] One such scene has Vivian offering Edward, "I could just pop ya good and be on my way", indicating a lack of interest in "pillow talk". In another, she is confronted by drug dealers outside of The Blue Banana, and rescued by Edward and Darryl.

Pretty Woman bears striking resemblances to Pygmalion myths: particularly George Bernard Shaw's play of the same name, which also formed the basis for the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. It was then-Disney Studio President Jeffrey Katzenberg who insisted the film should be re-written as a modern-day fairy tale with qualities of a love story, as opposed to being the dark drama it was originally developed as. It was pitched into Touchstone Pictures and re-written as a romantic comedy. The original script was titled $3,000.[3] It also has unconfirmed references to That Touch of Mink, starring Doris Day and Cary Grant.

Casting

Casting of Pretty Woman was a rather lengthy process. Marshall had initially considered Christopher Reeve for the role of Lewis, and Al Pacino turned it down.[4] Pacino went as far as doing a casting reading with Roberts before turning the leading role down.[5] Gere agreed to the project. Reportedly, Gere started off much more active in his role, but Garry Marshall took him aside and said "No, no, no. Richard. In this movie, one of you moves and one of you does not. Guess which one you are?"[citation needed] Julia Roberts was not the first-choice for the role of Vivian, and was not wanted by Disney. Because of this, many other actresses were considered at the time. Marshall originally envisioned Karen Allen for the role. When she declined, it went to many better-known actresses of the time including Molly Ringwald who turned it down because she felt uncomfortable with the content in the script, and did not like the idea of playing a prostitute. She has since stated in several interviews that she regrets turning the role down. Winona Ryder, a popular box-office draw at the time, was considered, and auditioned, but turned down because Marshall felt she was "too young", Jennifer Connelly was also dismissed for the same reason.[2]

Meg Ryan, who was a top choice of Marshall's, turned it down. According to a note written by Marshall, Mary Steenburgen was the first choice to play Vivian Ward. Michelle Pfeiffer turned the role down as well, because she did not like the "tone" of the script.[6] Daryl Hannah was also considered, but turned the role down because she believed it was "degrading to women".[6] Valeria Golino also turned it down as she did not think the movie could work with her thick Italian accent. Jennifer Jason Leigh had auditioned for the part, but later decided not to do the movie after she read the script because she felt it was sexist.[7] When all the other actresses turned down the role, a then 22-year-old Julia Roberts, who was relatively unknown at the time, with the exception of her Oscar nominted performance in the film Steel Magnolias (1989), was able to win the role. In addition, Demi Moore turned down the role of Vivian's best friend Kit De-Luca.

Filming

Rodeo Drive is featured prominently in the film.

Pretty Woman's budget was not limited, therefore producers could acquire as many locations as possible for shooting on the films estimated budget of $14 million.[2] The majority of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, specifically in Beverly Hills. The escargot restaurant called 'The Voltaire' was filmed at the Rex, now called Cicada. Filming of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel lobby interior was shot at the now demolished Ambassador Hotel. Filming commenced on July 24, 1989, but was immediately plagued by countless problems, including issues with space and time. This included Ferrari and Porsche, who had declined the product placement opportunity of the car Edward drove, because they did not want to be associated with soliciting prostitutes.[2] Lotus Cars UK saw the placement value with such a major feature film. This gamble paid off as Esprit sales tripled in 1990-1991. The company supplied a Silver 1989.5 Esprit SE, which was later sold.

The film's primary shooting commenced on July 24, 1989. Shooting was a generally pleasurable and easy-going experience for those involved, the films budget was broad and the shooting schedule was not tight.[2] While shooting the scene where Vivian is laying down on the floor of Edward's penthouse, watching I Love Lucy re-runs, in order to achieve a genuine laughter, Garry Marshall had to tickle Roberts's feet (out of camera range) to get her to laugh so hysterically, which is featured in the film. During the scene where Roberts sings along to Prince in the bath tub sliding down and dunking her head under the bubbles, Roberts came up and opened her eyes and saw that everyone had left even the cameraman, who got the shot. Additionally, during the love-making scene between Roberts and Gere, Roberts got so nervous that a vein visibly popped out of her forehead, she also acquired hives, and calamine lotion was given to clear them until shooting could resume.[2] Filming was completed on October 18.

Reception

Reviews

The film received mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic, Pretty Woman received an average score of 51 out of 100 from the 17 reviews it collected.[8] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a D, stating that the film "starts out as a neo-Pygmalion comedy" and with "its tough-hooker heroine, it can work as a feminist version of an upscale princess fantasy." Gleiberman also said that it "pretends to be about how love transcends money" and that it "is really obsessed with status symbols."[9] Although despite negative reviews, Janet Maslin of The New York Times stated that "Pretty Woman manages to be giddy, lighthearted escapism much of the time" and that "Ms. Roberts... is a complete knockout, and this performance will make her a major star."[10]

Box office

In its opening weekend, Pretty Woman opened at number one at the box office grossing $11,280,591 and averaging $8,513 per theater.[11] The film dropped to number two in its second weekend, although it grossed more in its second weekend, grossing $12,471,670.[11] It remained number one at the box office for four non-consecutive weeks and on the top ten for sixteen weeks.[11] The film has grossed $178,406,268 in the United States and $285,000,000 in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $463,406,268.[12] It was also the fourth highest-grossing film of the year in the United States[13] and the third highest-grossing worldwide.[14]

Awards

The film received four 1990 Golden Globe Awards nominations: Best Motion Picture, Best Actor for Richard Gere, Best Actress, which Julia Roberts won, and Best Supporting Actor for Hector Elizondo. The film also earned Roberts her second Academy Award nomination and her first nomination for Best Actress.

Win

Nominated

Soundtrack

Pretty Woman is noted for its musical selections and hugely successful soundtrack. The film features the song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, which inspired the movie's title. Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1990. The soundtrack also features "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West, "Show Me Your Soul" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, "No Explanation" by Peter Cetera, "Wild Women Do" by Natalie Cole and "Fallen" by Lauren Wood. The soundtrack went on to be certified three times platinum by the RIAA.[15]

The opera featured in the movie is La Traviata, which also served as inspiration for the plot of the movie. The piano piece which Richard Gere's character plays in the hotel lobby was composed by and performed by Gere. Julia Roberts sings the song "Kiss" by Prince while Richard Gere's character is on the phone. Background music is composed by James Newton Howard. Entitled "He Sleeps/Love Theme", this piano composition is inspired by Bruce Springsteen's "Racing in the Street".

Soundtrack Track List

  1. "Wild Women Do" - Natalie Cole
  2. "Fame '90" - David Bowie
  3. "King of Wishful Thinking" - Go West
  4. "Tangled - Jane Wiedlin"
  5. "It Must Have Been Love" - Roxette
  6. "Life in Detail" - Robert Palmer
  7. "No Explanation" - Peter Cetera
  8. Real Wild Child (Wild One)" - Christopher Otcasek
  9. "Fallen" - Lauren Wood
  10. "Oh, Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison
  11. "Show Me Your Soul" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

See also

References

  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo". http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=prettywoman.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h (DVD) Pretty Woman: 15th anniversary. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Touchstone. 2005. 
  3. ^ Stewart, James B DisneyWar, page 110. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN 978-0-7432-6709-0
  4. ^ Pretty Woman casting information and trivia at IMDB; accessed May 17, 2007.
  5. ^ "Al Pacino interview by Larry King transcript". http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0706/15/lkl.01.html. 
  6. ^ a b "Darly Hannah pleased to decline Pretty Woman". http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/hannah%20pleased%20to%20decline%20pretty%20woman%20offer_1023365. 
  7. ^ "nymag.com/nymetro/arts/theater/15247". http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/theater/15247/. 
  8. ^ "Pretty Woman reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/prettywoman/. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  9. ^ Owen Gleiberman (1990-03-23). Pretty Woman. Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,316998,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  10. ^ Janet Maslin (1990-03-23). Movie Review - Pretty Woman - Review. The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C0CE2DD143EF930A15750C0A966958260. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  11. ^ a b c "Pretty Woman (1990) - Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=prettywoman.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Pretty Woman (1990) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=prettywoman.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  13. ^ "1990 Yearly Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=1990&p=.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  14. ^ "1990 Yearly Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=1990&p=.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  15. ^ "Pretty Woman's soundtrack RIAA multi platinum award". www.riaa.com. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=pretty%20woman&perPage=25. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 

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Pretty Woman is a 1990 film about a man in a legal but hurtful business who needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Directed by Garry Marshall. Written by J.F. Lawton.
She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.

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Edward Lewis

  • You and I are such similar creatures, Vivian. We both screw people for money.
  • Impossible relationships. My special gift is impossible relationships.

Vivian Ward

  • [to Edward] If I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.
  • I want the fairy tale.
  • I'm actually no, I'm not a planner. I wouldn't say I'm a planner. I would say I'm a kinda fly by the seat of my pants gal. You know moment to moment, yeah that's me, that's...yeah"
  • Hey sugar, looking for a date?...Sure, for five bucks!...Price just went up to ten...I can do anything I want to baby, I ain't lost!
  • Ho man, this baby must corner like it's on rails!
  • Honey, I've got a runner in my panty hose...I'm not wearing panty hose. "I know thats right"
  • People always do what you tell them to do? ...I guess so.
  • The #1 guy I've ever loved was a total nothing. The #2 was worse. My mom called me a bum magnet. There was a bum in a fifty mile Radius, I was completely attracted to him.
  • The bad things are easier to believe. Haven't you noticed that?!
  • You'll buy a snap dog and we'll cop a squat under a tree or somewhere. "I know thats right"
  • I think you have a lot of special gifts Edward.

Kit De Luca

  • Yo, Viv, babe. Would ya come down here? The Sphincter Police won't let me through.
  • Fifty bucks, Grandpa. For seventy-five, the wife can watch.

Others

  • Philip Stuckey: [about Morse] He mortgaged everything he owns, right down to his underwear, to secure a loan from the bank.
  • 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.
  • 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'.

Dialogue

Edward: When you and I were dating, did you speak to my secretary more than you spoke to me?
Susan: She was one of my bridesmaids.

Vivian: Wait a minute — that's a Lotus Esprit!
Kit: No, that's rent. You should go for him. You look hot tonight. Don't take less than a hundred. Call me when you're through… Take care you.
Vivian: Take care you.

Vivian: Hey, sugar, you lookin' for a date?
Edward: No, I want to find Beverly Hills. Can you give me directions?
Vivian: Sure. For five bucks.
Edward: Ridiculous.
Vivian: Price just went up to ten.
Edward: You can't charge me for directions!
Vivian: I can do anything I want to, baby. I ain't lost.

Edward: I hadn't exactly planned this.
Vivian: Do you plan everything?
Edward: Always.
Vivian: Yeah me too! I'm actually, no I'm not a planner. I would say I'm a kinda fly by the seat of your pants gal, you know moment to moment. Yeah that's me, that's...yeah.

Edward: I guess this is not the greatest time to be a hooker, is it?
Vivian: Look, I use condoms always. I get checked out once a month at the free clinic. Not only am I better in the sack than an amateur, I am probably safer.
Edward: I like that; that's very good. You should have that printed on your business card.
Vivian: If you're makin' fun of me, I don't like it.
Edward: [laughs] No, I'm not making fun of you. No, I don't. I'm not. I wouldn't offend you. I'm sorry. What's your name?
Vivian: What do you want it to be?

Vivian: Man, this baby must corner like it's on rails!
Edward: Beg your pardon?
Vivian: Well, doesn't it blow your mind? This is only four cylinders!

Edward: Tell me, what kind of… what kind of money you girls make these days? Ballpark.
Vivian: Can't take less than a hundred dollars.
Edward: Hundred dollars a night?
Vivian: For an hour.
Edward: An hour? You make a hundred dollars an hour and you got a safety pin holding your boot up? You gotta be joking.
Vivian: I never joke about money.
Edward: Neither do I.
[He turns to her.]
Edward: Hundred dollars a hour. Pretty stiff.
[She reaches over into his lap.]
Vivian: Well, no… but it's got potential.

Vivian: What is your name?
Edward: Edward.
Vivian: Edward? That's my favorite name in the whole world!
Edward: [mock seriously] No!

[A well-dressed couple observe Edward and the scantily-clad Vivian as an elevator arrives.]
Vivian: Well, color me happy! There's a sofa in here for two!
[The man moves to enter, but his wife stops him. A chagrined Edward turns to the couple.]
Edward: First time in an elevator.
Woman: Ah.
[Edward enters. The woman turns to her husband.]
Woman: Close your mouth, dear.

Vivian: Wow! Great view! I bet you can see all the way to the ocean from out here.
Edward: I'll take your word for it. I don't go out there.
Vivian: Why don't you go out there?
Edward: I'm afraid of heights.
Vivian: You are? So how come you rented the penthouse?
Edward: It's the best. I looked all around for penthouses on the first floor, but I can't find one.

Vivian: Well, now that you got me here, what are you going to do with me?
Edward: You wanna know something? I don't have a clue.
Vivian: You know, you could pay me. That's one way to, maybe, break the ice.

[Vivian hops up onto Edward's desk in a sultry pose.]
Edward: You're on my fax.
Vivian: Well, that's one I haven't been on before.

[Vivian pulls a fistful of condoms from her purse.]
Vivian: Pick one. I got red, I got green, I got yellow… I'm out of purple, but I do have one Gold Circle coin left… the condom of champions, the one and only… nothin' is gettin' through this sucker. Whaddya say, hmm?
Edward: A buffet of safety.
Vivian: I'm a safety girl.

Vivian: Edward, are you in town on, uh, business or pleasure?
Edward: Business, I think.
Vivian: Business, you think. Well… let me guess. That would make you… a lawyer.
Edward: A lawyer?
Vivian: Umm-hmm.
Edward: What makes you think I'm a lawyer?
Vivian: You've got that, um… sharp, useless look about you.

Vivian: Listen, I… I appreciate this whole seduction scene you've got goin', but let me give you a tip — I'm a sure thing, okay? So… I'm on an hourly rate. Could we just move it along?
Edward: Somehow, I'm sensing that this time problem is a major issue with you. Why don't we just get through that right now.
Vivian: Great! Let's get started.
Edward: How much for the entire night?
Vivian: Stay here? [small laugh] You couldn't afford it.
Edward: Try me.
Vivian: 300 dollars.
Edward: Done. Thank you. Now we can relax.
[A flummoxed Vivian gets up.]
Vivian: Are you sure you want me to stay for the entire night? I mean, I could just pop ya good and be on my way.
Edward: To tell you the truth, I don't feel like being alone tonight.
Vivian: Why, is it your birthday, or something?
Edward: No.
Vivian: I mean, I have been the party at a couple of birthdays.
Edward: Hmpf. I bet you have.

Edward: Oh, by the way, Phil — about your car…
Philip Stuckey: Oh God. What?
Edward: It corners like it's on rails.
Philip Stuckey: What?! What does that mean? Edward… Edward…
[Grinning, Edward hangs up.]

Vivian: [after Edward catches her singing along to "Kiss" by Prince in the tub] Don't you just love Prince?
Edward: More than life itself.

[Fumbling with his tie, Edward tells Vivian about his business.]
Vivian: You don't actually have a billion dollars, huh?
Edward: No. I get some of it from banks, investors… it's not an easy thing to do.
Vivian: And you don't make anything…
Edward: No.
Vivian: … and you don't build anything.
Edward: No.
Vivian: So whadda ya do with the companies once you buy 'em?
Edward: I sell them.
[Viv reaches for his tie.]
Vivian: Here, let me do that. You sell them.
Edward: Well, I… don't sell the whole company, I break it up into pieces, and then I sell that off, it's worth more than the whole.
Vivian: So, it's sort of like, um… stealing cars and selling 'em for parts, right?
Edward: [sighs exasperatedly] Yeah, sort of. But legal.

Edward: I will pay you to be at my beck and call.
Vivian: Look, I'd love to be your beck-and-call girl, but…

Edward: Any questions?
Vivian: Can I call you Eddie?
Edward: Not if you expect me to answer.
Vivian: I would have stayed for two thousand.
Edward: I would have paid four. I'll see ya tonight.
Vivian: Baby, I'm gonna treat you so nice, you're never gonna wanna let me go.
Edward: Three thousand, for six days, and Vivian, I will let you go.

Vivian: I called and called! Where were you last night?
Kit: Ma?

Thompson: Now, Mr. Lewis, however, is a very special customer, and we like to think of our special customers as friends. Now, as a customer, we would expect Mr. Lewis to sign in any additional guests, but as a friend, we're willing to overlook it. Now, I'm assuming that you're a… [long pause] … relative?
Vivian: [meekly] Yes.
Thompson: I thought so. Then you must be his…
[Thompson gives Vivian an expectant nod. Another long pause.]
Vivian: Niece?
Thompson: Of course. Naturally, when Mr. Lewis leaves, I won't see you in this hotel again. I assume you have no other uncles here?

Bridget: Now, I'm sure we're gonna find something here that your uncle would love.
Vivian: Bridg? He's not really my uncle.
Bridget: They never are, dear.

Vivian: Hello!
Edward: Never, ever pick up the phone.
Vivian: Then why're you calling me?

Vivian: All right. I'll meet you in the lobby, but only 'cause your payin' me to.
Edward: Well, thank you very much.
[He hangs up the phone and turns to the receptionist.]
Edward: Get her back for me, please.

Vivian: 'Lo?
Edward: I told you not to pick up the phone.
Vivian: Then stop callin me.
[Edward snickers and hangs up.]
Vivian: [grinning] Sick.

Thompson: I have a message for you, sir.
Edward: From who?
Thompson: Ah, from your niece, sir.
Edward: My what?
Thompson: The young lady who's staying in your room, sir.
Edward: Oh. Hmm. I think we both know that she's not my niece.
Thompson: Of course.
Edward: The reason I know that, is that I am an only child.

Vivian: You're late.
Edward: You're stunning.
Vivian: [grinning] You're forgiven.

[Vivian accidentally launches an escargot, which is deftly caught by the mâitre-d.]
Vivian: Slippery little suckers.
Mâitre-D: It happens all the time.

Vivian: Let's watch old movies all night… we'll just veg out in front of the TV.
Edward: "Veg out"?
Vivian: Yeah. Be still like vegetables. Lay like broccoli.
Edward: Look, I'll tell ya what. I'll be back. We'll do broccoli tomorrow.

Vivian: The stores are not nice to people — I don't like it.
Edward: Stores are never nice to people. They're nice to credit cards.

Edward: You see this young lady over here?
Hollister: Yes.
Edward: Do you have anything in this shop as beautiful as she is?
Hollister: Oh, yes.
[Edward gives Hollister a look.]
Hollister: Oh, no! No, no! No. I'm saying we have many things as beautiful as she… would want them to be! [babbling] That's the point I was getting at. And I think we can all agree with that. That's why, when you came in here, you knew from the first—
Edward: You know what we're gonna need here? We're going to need a few more people helping us out. I'll tell you why. We are going to be spending an obscene amount of money in here. So we're going to need a lot more help sucking up to us, 'cause that's what we really like.
Hollister: Ohhhh!
Edward: You understand that.
Hollister: Sir, if I may say so, you're in the right store, and the right city, for that matter!

Hollister: Exactly how obscene an amount of money were you talking about? Just… profane, or really offensive?
Edward: Really offensive.
Hollister: [to himself] I like him so much.

Hollister: Mr. Lewis? How's it going so far?
Edward: Pretty well, I think. I think we need some major sucking up.
Hollister: Very well, sir. You're… not only handsome, but a powerful man. I could see the second you walked in here, you were someone to reckon with…
Edward: Hollister.
Hollister: Yes, sir?
Edward: Not me. Her.

[Vivian, smartly dressed and carrying many bags, stops in at yesterday's clothing store.]
Vivian: Do you remember me?
Salesperson: No, I'm sorry.
Vivian: I was in here yesterday. You wouldn't wait on me?
Salesperson: Oh.
Vivian: You work on commission, right?
Salesperson: Ah, yes.
Vivian: Big mistake. Big. Huge! [turns away] I have to go shopping now!

Edward: I was very angry with him. It cost me ten thousand dollars in therapy to say that sentence: "I was very angry him." I do it very well, don't I? I'll say it again: I was very angry with him. "Hello, my name is Mr. Lewis, I am very angry with my father."
Vivian: I would've been angry at the ten thousand dollars.

Vivian: Did I mention… my leg is 44 inches from hip to toe, so basically, we're talkin' about…
[She wraps her legs around Edward.]
Vivian: … 88 inches of therapy… wrapped around you, for the bargain price of…
Edward and Vivian: [in unison] … three thousand dollars!

Gretchen: Edward's our most eligible bachelor. Everybody is trying to land him.
Vivian: Well, I'm not trying to land him. I'm just using him for sex.

Elizabeth Stuckey: '[about Vivian] She's sweet, Edward! Wherever did you find her?
Edward: 976-BABE.

Vivian: People put you down enough, you start to believe it.
Edward: I think you… are a very bright, very special woman.
Vivian: The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?

Matron: Did you enjoy the opera, dear?
Vivian: Oh, it was so good, I almost peed my pants!
[Vivian walks off.]
Matron: Wha—?
Edward: She said she liked it better than The Pirates of Penzance.

[Edward offers Vivian a condo, car, and a shopping allowance.]
Vivian: What else? You going to leave some money by the bed when you pass through town?
Edward: Vivian, it really wouldn't be like that.
Vivian: How would it be?
Edward: Well, for one thing, it would get you off the streets.
Vivian: That's just geography.
Edward: Vivian, what is it you want? What do you see happening between us?
Vivian: I don't know. 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 the 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."

Edward: I've never treated you like a prostitute.
[He walks away.]
Vivian: You just did.

Kit: Maybe you guys could, like, um… you know, get a house together, and like, buy some diamonds, and a horse — I don't know. Anyway… it could work! It happens!
Vivian: When does it happen, Kit?

Vivian: I just wanna know who it works out for. You give me one example of somebody that we know that it happened for.
[They start talking over each other.]
Kit: Name someone? You want me to name someone?
Vivian: Yeah, you know a person that it's worked for.
Kit: You want me to, like, give you a name, or something?
Vivian: Yeah, I'd like a name.
Kit: Oh, God, the pressure of a name… Cinde-fucking-rella!

Edward: So what happened after he climbed up the tower and rescued her?
Vivian: She rescues him right back.

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