Script was developed at the Sundance Film Institute. According to the July 1991 "Esquire," Robert Garland, Stephen Metcalfe, and Barbara Benedek all contributed to the development of the screenplay. Earlier versions of the screenplay were more downbeat and realistic, emphasizing the darker side of the relationships. Director Garry Marshall is often credited with turning the film into a more romantic, upbeat fairy tale.
The film utilizes clips from the film "Charade" (1963) and the television series "I Love Lucy."
Lee Ashley arranged and performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."
Shot on location in Los Angeles, California in Technicolor, beginning July 24, 1989 and completed October 18, 1989, using Panavision equipment. Titles and opticals by Cinema Research Corporation and main title design by Robert Dawson.
Screened at the 1990 Taormina Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival, and Cairo International Film Festival.
Released in USA March 23, 1990. Released on video October 19, 1990.
Reviewed in New York Times and Los Angeles Times March 23, 1990, and in Monthly Film Bulletin May, 1990.
Another working title for the film was "3000" or "Three Thousand," referring to the amount of money Julia Roberts' character was paid for her services.
Additional music credits: Peter Cox and Richard Drummie also wrote "King of Wishful Thinking." Carlos Alomar wrote "Fame," Allen Powell wrote "Life in Detail," Scott Cutler wrote "Tangled," William Deese wrote "Pretty Woman," Karen Hernandez wrote and performed "Five for Louie," Johnny O'Keefe and Dave Owen wrote "Real Wild Child (Wild One)," performed by Christopher Ocasek, Matthew Wilder and Sam Lorber wrote "Wild Women Do," The Grand Dominion Jazz Band performed "One Sweet Letter from You" and "You Don't Understand," and Lauren Wood wrote and performed "It Must Have Been Love."
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Copyright 1990 Touchstone Pictures.