Pygmalion with "Eliza" as a hooker instead of a flower seller
How did a movie concept that horrified us - Pygmalion with "Eliza"
as a hooker instead of a flower seller - end up entrancing us? How did
three characters from the movie make such an impact that we, and director
Garry Marshall, longed to see the actors who played them together
on the big screen once more?
The gap between Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride might
be nearly 10 years, but the former still seems as fresh as ever. I know
my video of the movie has been watched many times, and I'm sure I'm
not alone in seeing it as a perfect feelgood flick, one you can just
curl up on the sofa in front of and cast your cares aside for 115 minutes.
No I didn't time it, much as it may be hard to believe I can read the
video box! One reader of this website questioned my eyesight after seeing
that time. The difference between it and the slightly longer running
time listed for the same movie in the US comes down to the fact that
PAL and NTSC transmission rates differ. If you want more details ask
in the forum. Let's get back to talking about the movie!
So what were the magic ingredients that turned out such a great concoction?
Stars who really did shine in their roles, and a sharply witty script
that made this fairy tale with an edge just that bit more believable
and made us care as deeply for the lead characters as they eventually
did for each other. We fell in love with them.
When we first meet them Edward (Richard Gere) and Vivian (Julia
Roberts) aren't exactly the kind of people you could imagine wanting
a relationship with. Guys, I said relationship - forget about drooling
over Vivian putting on those boots as she got ready to go to work. As
for Edward, well talk about semidetached relationships - the exchange
with his ex-girlfriend brought that into crystal clear focus (and also
made most of the females in the audience think to themselves "been there,
done that" ) :
"When we were dating did you speak to my secretary more than me?"
"She was one of my bridesmaids"
But, as the opening said "Welcome to Hollywood", where the Kings of
Wishful thinking live (hands up who bought the soundtrack too, go on
admit it) and where the impossible is achievable. So in that spirit
I'm going to step back in time and, in no particular order - because
I bet I get them wrong chronologically - relive some of my favourite
moments from the film that actually got me wearing brown again for the
first time since I hit my teens.
Want to know what on earth I'm on about? Then you better read the