Classic / Comedy / Drama / Romance
Directed by Garry Marshall
Richard Gere as Edward Lewis
Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward
Ralph Bellamy as James Morse
Jason Alexander as Philip Stuckey
John David Carson as Mark Roth
Laura San Giacomo as Kit De Luca
Alex Hyde-White as David Morse
Amy Yasbeck as Elizabeth Stuckey
Elinor Donahue as Bridget
Hector Elizondo as Barnard 'Barney' Thompson
Judith Baldwin as Susan
Edward Lewis is a distinguished and affluent businessman who ends up on Hollywood Boulevard in the fancy car of his lawyer and meets a beautiful prostitute named Vivian Ward who helps him out with directions.
She ends up spending the night with him, of course, and Edward enlists her to stay with him for a week in order to accompany him to parties. She warns him that a week’s stay will be expensive and he responds by giving her $3,000 and the right to use his credit cards. Since Vivian does not have the proper attire to attend his events, she goes to the famous Rodeo Drive where the sales lady is rude to her.
Bernard Thompson, the hotel manager, is at first skeptical about Vivian, but decides to help her out in buying a dress for the night and even teaches her proper dinner manners. She cleans up amazingly, which Edward is pleased with, yet the dinner does not go pleasantly. The next morning, Edward tells Vivian to purchase more clothes, but she informs him it did not go so well for her the other day, so he goes along with her to the stores and buys her everything she needs.
Their next outing is a polo match where Edward finds Vivian conversing with David Morse, and Philip Stuckey, Edward’s lawyer, begins to think Vivian is a spy since David is the grandson involved in Edward’s current deal. Edward tells him that is impossible since she is a prostitute he hired. Philip then takes advantage of this information and asks Vivian if she would be interested in a night with him. Vivian feels ashamed and tells Edward she is leaving since he humiliated her. He feels remorse and begs her to stay. From there he takes her on a romantic date to the opera, where he finds that she is touched by the music. They get closer from there and spend one on one time together. Vivian falls in love with him, yet does not want a relationship where he gives her money and sees her when he can. That is all he seems willing to do, so she decides to leave and he chases after her.