(Garry Marshall, US 1990, 119 min., 35mm)
Julia Roberts. Julia Roberts’s first starring role may be her most memorable as the iconic “hooker with a heart of gold.” Vivian (Roberts) is a Hollywood Boulevard sex worker, transplanted from the Midwest, when she happens upon Edward (Richard Gere), a recently separated corporate raider with car trouble. Sparks fly, and Edward hires Vivian to be his companion for the week, over the objections of his business partner (Jason Alexander). Throughout the week (and across several iconic cinematic moments), the business relationship turns personal and the two can’t help but fall in love. Roberts’s radiant turn was popular not only with audiences, but also with critics, and garnered her second Academy Award nomination in as many years.