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  • Hello, welcome to "Learning English with Movies".

  • In today's video, we will talk about the movie "Pretty Woman".

  • Acclaimed director Garry Marshall directed the 1990 romantic comedy "Pretty Woman".

  • Marshall started his career in the 1960's, writing for TV shows such as "The Lucy Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and "The Odd Couple".

  • He also produced the classic sitcoms "Happy Days", "Mork & Mindy", and "Laverne and Shirley".

  • A sitcom, or situation comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters.

  • His most popular films include "Overboard", "Beaches", "The Princess Diaries", just to name a few.

  • His most recent projects include the ensemble romantic comedies "Valentine's Day", "New Year's Eve", and "Mother's Day".

  • An ensemble is a group of musiciansactors, or dancers who perform together.

  • However, "Pretty Woman" remains one of his most memorable films

  • Sadly, Marshall passed away in 2016, at age 81.

  • "Pretty Woman" stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts

  • Richard Gere began in films in the 1970s, however, it was the 1980 drama "American Gigolo" that catapulted him into superstardom.

  • A gigolo is a young man paid by an older woman to be her escort or lover.

  • He has starred in many successful films, including "An Officer and a Gentleman", "First Knight", "Primal Fear", and "Unfaithful".

  • In 2002, he won the Golden Globe for his role in the musical "Chicago".

  • As a practicing Tibetan Buddhisthe's an active supporter of the Dalai Lama and several humanitarian causes.

  • Julia Roberts started her career in the 1980's playing supporting roles in films such as "Satisfaction", "Mystic Pizza", and "Steel Magnolias".

  • She followed the success of "Pretty Woman" with the thrillers "Sleeping with the Enemy" and "The Pelican Brief".

  • She also starred in successful rom-coms, including "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Notting Hill".

  • A rom-com, or romantic comedy, is a film or television comedy based around the romantic relationships of the characters.

  • Her performance in the biographical drama "Erin Brockovich" earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

  • Hoping to replicate the success of "Pretty Woman", Richard Gere and Julia Roberts reunited with director Garry Marshall for the romantic comedy "Runaway Bride".

  • Although it was a modest hit, it was not as well-received by critics and audiences

  • The plot of "Pretty Woman" revolves around Vivian Ward, a down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute, and wealthy businessman Edward Lewis

  • Down-on-her-luck, or to be down-on-your-luckmeans to be experiencing a bad situation or to have very little money.

  • Vivian is recruited as Edward's escort for various business and social functions, and their connection blossoms over her week together

  • To blossom means to mature or develop in a promising or healthy way

  • The film also features a talented supporting castincludingctor Elizondo, Ralph BellamyLaura San Giacomo, and Jason Alexander.

  • The original title of the screenplay was "3,000", referring to the amount paid by the john in the story.

  • A john is a man who is a prostitute's customer.

  • The title was later changed to "Pretty Woman", inspired on Roy Orbison's 1964 song, "OhPretty Woman", which was featured in the film.

  • Originally designed as a gloomy cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles, the film was re-imagined by Disney Studios as a big-budget romantic comedy

  • Gloomy means feeling distressed or pessimistic

  • After a lengthy casting processJulia Roberts was cast as Vivian

  • Other actresses who auditioned for the part include Winona RyderJennifer Connelly, and Uma Thurman.

  • Richard Gere initially refused the partbut when he met with Roberts, she persuaded him and he eventually agreed.

  • The film was a box office hit, becoming one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time

  • The chemistry between Roberts and Gere is undeniable

  • In fact, the screenwriter changed the script in order to give story a happy ending

  • The film has become a favorite for film fans around the worldand that even inspired a Broadway musical in 2018.

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