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      Pretty Baby

      R Released Apr 5, 1978 1 hr. 49 min. Drama List
      71% 28 Reviews Tomatometer 58% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq (Keith Carradine) at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet (Brooke Shields). When Violet is brought on as a working girl by her mother's madam and Hattie skips town to get married, Violet quickly loses her innocence and focuses on reuniting with Bellocq. But a life with Bellocq is compromised for Violet after her mother returns to town. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 20 Buy Now

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      Ram L To use a snippet from a critic's review out of context and in isolation—"...all the cries of child pornography..." — If one could go beyond those cries, one would see here a sensitive depiction of human nature, of human-ness (not humaneness), of the tenderness of the heart that one seldom gets to see in movies. This is most definitely not a movie to one whose mind is confined to societal sensibilities; it *will* be enjoyed by people who can appreciate sensitive portayals of the manner in which the human heart—and mind—works. "Der Wille des Herzens," as we say; the will of the heart. Rather many hearts in the case of this movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Sarah W The manner they made this movie is so appalling to the point I had to read the script in order to avoid further watching the movie. At this point let's just renamed the movie to "Child exploitation 101". Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/24 Full Review Janice M The movie was fair, a little slow moving, but Brook Shields should have been removed from her mother's home for letting her or putting her in this movie.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/24 Full Review Cees T Controversial but slow and uneventful. 6/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/22/23 Full Review Bobby G Child pornography that would never be allowed today. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/15/23 Full Review Georgan G Saw this when it came out and again in 2023. One of those rare films that is excellent in many ways. The sub-culture is captured, as is the children born into that era's prostitution. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pretty Baby

      Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Violet Gets Married Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Violet Gets Married 1:49 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Can I Stay Here? Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Can I Stay Here? 2:12 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Hattie Takes Violet Away Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Hattie Takes Violet Away 2:10 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Prepping Violet Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Prepping Violet 2:01 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Bidding on Violet Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Bidding on Violet 2:11 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - I Want to Be Respectable Pretty Baby: Official Clip - I Want to Be Respectable 2:07 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - The Girls at the Lake Pretty Baby: Official Clip - The Girls at the Lake 2:08 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - We're Going to Be Married Pretty Baby: Official Clip - We're Going to Be Married 2:13 Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Violet, You Alright? Pretty Baby: Official Clip - Violet, You Alright? 1:39 View more videos

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      Tom Milne Sight & Sound A sentimental education beautifully played by both Carradine and Brooke Shields. Mar 17, 2020 Full Review Judith Martin Washington Post It takes a robust and humorous approach to life in a brothel, where the work done is less important than the community spirit; and "naughty" would be a far better word to describe the sex scenes, while the rest is decidedly nice. Feb 1, 2018 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Louis Malle's Pretty Baby is a pleasant surprise: After all the controversy and scandal surrounding its production, it turns out to be a good-hearted, good-looking, quietly elegiac movie. Rated: 3/4 Feb 1, 2018 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com As compelling as it is humane. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 20, 2020 Full Review Bernard Drew Gannett News Service Weak on every level. Nov 1, 2019 Full Review Eleanor M. Gates Sojourner In a large sense, Pretty Baby's style makes its own statements; yet the aesthetic appeal of what we are shown remains strangely inconsistent with much of the film's content. Aug 14, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq (Keith Carradine) at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet (Brooke Shields). When Violet is brought on as a working girl by her mother's madam and Hattie skips town to get married, Violet quickly loses her innocence and focuses on reuniting with Bellocq. But a life with Bellocq is compromised for Violet after her mother returns to town.
      Director
      Louis Malle
      Screenwriter
      Polly Platt
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 5, 1978, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2012
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