It’s hard to deny that the 1990 American romantic comedy has made its mark on the movie scene, with Box Office Moho listing it as the number one romantic comedy by the highest estimated domestic tickets sold at 41,176,400 tickets.
Directed by Garry Marshall from a screenplay by J.F. Lawton, the film stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts and features Hector Elizondo, Ralph Bellamy, Laura San Giacomo and Jason Alexander in supporting roles.
The film is set in 1987 and centres on the down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward.
Ward is hired by wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis, to be his escort for several business and social functions.
Their relationship develops over the course of her week-long stay with him.
The film was originally intended to be a dark and cautionary tale about class and sex work in Los Angeles, but the film was re-thought as a romantic comedy with a large budget.
It was very successful at the box office, being the third highest-grossing film of 1990.
Pretty Woman received mainly positive reviews, with Roberts’ performance being praised.
She won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the prostitute and bagged herself a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The brilliant tale of a Hollywood prostitute being hired by a wealthy businessman is still loved by many today, and we suspect that many of you will have seen it multiple times.
But were you really paying attention? You’re about to find out, as we present the following ‘10 Things You May Have Missed In Pretty Woman’…
1. The Necklace Scene Wasn’t Planned
Did you know that the famous necklace scene wasn’t actually planned?
Yes, Julia Roberts wasn’t feeling well so Richard Gere shut the case to make her laugh, and because her reaction was so perfect and honest that they decided to keep it in the film.
According to director Gary Marshall, it wasn’t until the last moment of editing that they decided to use the scene. “We put it in… and it became like the trademark of the movie.”
I bet they’re pretty glad it didn’t end up on the cutting-room floor.
2. The Necklace Itself Was Worth Rather Alot
The necklace was worth a whopping $250,000 real life dollars, so the jewellery store sent a security guard to stand next to the director during filming.
It was made with 23 pear-cut rubies set in the centres of diamond encrusted hearts, set in 18k white gold.
The famous necklace was custom made by French jeweller Fred Joaillier.
Did they really feel that concerned about the necklace being taken from round the neck of one of the World’s biggest stars at the time, with cameras pointed at her every move?
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