Pretty Woman script
Pretty Woman (1990)
Synopsis: In this modern update on Cinderella, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall hard for one another, forming an unlikely pair. While on a business trip in L.A., Edward (Richard Gere), who makes a living buying and breaking up companies, picks up a hooker, Vivian (Julia Roberts), on a lark. After Edward hires Vivian to stay with him for the weekend, the two get closer, only to discover there are significant hurdles to overcome as they try to bridge the gap between their very different worlds.


The view of downtown Los Angeles from the enormous, ornate house

is extraordinary. A small outdoor dinner party is in progress.

A MAGICIAN is entertaining guests. Playing cards and coins

appear and disappear in his nimble hands.


EDWARD HARRIS stands at the window, impassively looking down

at the party. Edward is a handsome, well groomed man of around

forty. He looks tired; the kind of fatigue that can't be cured

by a night's sleep.


(a murmur)

Left pocket.

And indeed, down below, the magician pulls the coin from the

left pocket of the incredulous WOMAN's silk blazer. More

laughter and applause.

The study is in keeping with the rest of the house. Luxurious.

Everything the best. WILLIAM STUCKEY, Edward's contemporary,

is a crafty looking lawyer who is the party host. VANCE is an

investment banker. His assistant JAKE, is a financial

researcher. The other men are INVESTMENT BANKERS. They are

in dark suits and power ties. On the table are stacks of

documents and folders, the name "KROSS INDUSTRIES" is prominent

on many of the folders.


Our banks certainly doesn't want

to discourage Harris Enterprises

from investing in California.

We think this is a great new venue

for you but you've got to

understand the mergers and

acquisitions market is changing.

With the upswing in inflation we

have to make these offerings

tempting to offset the risk.


Look, we're talking about hard

assets and a straight liquidation.

We have over a thousand man hours

in this deal.


(losing patience)

This is a "no brainer". There's

no risk for you. No one has ever

lost money backing Mr. Harris.


Not yet. But ship building is

a new endeavor for you...


(cuts him off)

Come on. You know we're not

going to go into ship building.

Besides, you're the ones with the

troubled track record, not us!


Bill, be reasonable. If you're

really going to digest Kross

Industries that quickly eighteen

should not be such a problem.

Besides, I don't think there's

anywhere else you can go for the

money in the time you have.


It's unacceptable.

Edward turns from the window. He hasn't miss a thing. All

eyes are on him.


Draymen Heux has offered me

seventy-five in the pool at

sixteen and a half. I can secure

the other half personally. You

have until tomorrow morning to

make me a better offer.

The bankers speechlessly stare at him.


The meeting is over, gentlemen.

He turns away. The bankers look at one another. They rise.

Silence as they exit. When the door closes. Stuckey explodes

with laughter.


Hah! Did you see the look on

their faces?


You don't think we pushed too



NO way! They'll come back. They

can't afford not to. Edward,

that bluff was beautiful.


Maybe I should have made it


The others stare at him, uncertain. Stuckey laughs. The

others follow suit.


(looking at his watch)

Well! It's late. We've been

at this long enough.

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J. F. Lawton

Jonathan Frederick "J. F." Lawton (born August 11, 1960) is an American screenwriter, producer and director. Screen credits include the box office hit Pretty Woman, Mistress, Blankman, Under Siege, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, The Hunted, Chain Reaction, DOA: Dead or Alive, Jackson, and the TV series V.I.P. Under the assumed name J.D. Athens, he wrote and directed Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death and Pizza Man. more…

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