The movie was filmed in Los Angeles, California produced by Steven Reuther and Gary W. Goldstein. The complete running time for the movie is 119 minutes and rated R because of the sexual innuendos portrayed by the main characters. The movie was directed by Gary Marshall as a romantic comedy and love story. It was released at the box office in March 1990 and a popular movie of that genre. The screenwriter J.F. Lawton was nominated for the Writer's Guild Award and B.A.F.T.A. award. Julia Roberts received the Golden Globe Award for best Actress in the movie. The studio Silver Screen Partners IV filmed the entire movie in Los Angeles.
The cast consisted of Richard Gere who plays the business shark Edward Lewis, Julia Roberts plays the troubled women Vivian Ward that's down on her luck, Hector Elizonda plays Barnard (Vivian calls him Barney) Thompson the hotel manager at a ritzy Los Angeles hotel, Jason Alexander plays the character Philip (Phil) Stuckey as Edwards business attorney, and Laura San Giacoma plays the character Kit DeLuca who is Vivian's roommate. The story line of the movie is when Edward flies to Los Angeles to close a business deal and needs an escort for social events.
Edward conducts his business by taking over major companies and then sells them off piece by piece along with the real estate. He has several society functions to attend too while conducting business and needs an escort to business dinners. He hires Vivian right off Hollywood Boulevard and will pay her for her company. There's one problem Vivian doesn't have the proper clothes and etiquette for the high society. She asks the hotel manager Barney for help. Barney helps Vivian at the clothing store and teaches her the dinner etiquette for high society.
Edward treats Vivian with respect and wants her to stay with him in the penthouse suite for the week. Vivian has fallen in love with the ruthless businessman Edward but feels that she is not good enough for him because of her social status. She decides to say their goodbyes and returns back to the apartment. Vivian decides that she should go to San Francisco to start over and return to school for her GED. While packing to leave, Edward shows up at the apartment on the shady side of town in a white stretch limousine and sticking out the sun roof yelling for Vivian to come to the window. Vivian goes to the window to see her knight in shining armor arrive on a white horse with a dozen of red roses. He climbs onto the fire escape to get to Vivian the damsel in distress just like the childhood fairy tale that comes to life.
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