Pretty Baby (1978)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Apr 5, 1978 Wide
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 4,920
After making a series of acclaimed and controversial films in his native France, director Louis Malle made his American debut with this disturbing but visually beautiful story about Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a prostitute working in New Orleans' Storyville district at the turn of the century. When Hattie becomes pregnant, she opts to keep her baby and gives birth to a daughter named Violet, raising her in the brothel where she continues to work. Twelve years later, Violet (Brooke Shields) is old
Apr 5, 1978 Wide
Nov 18, 2003
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This visually evocative tale of a child prostitue, Louis Malle's first American film, is not as strong as his next (Atlantic City), but Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields are splendid.
An inert and boring morality tale that should please neither sensationalists nor puritans.
While it oozes with atmosphere and Sarandon is superb, the story never comes together and Malle's treatment of Shields is kinda creepy.
It was shocking in its day, perhaps... but today... [it] can't hope to be as provocative...
Sexy Sarandon in an early role as the whore mom of child prostitute Brook Shields.
It was once shocking and dull. Now it's just dull.
Audience Reviews for Pretty Baby
- Fanny: Violet, you should touch him down there, you know, like it's accidental.
- Violet: I know what to do. Leave me alone.
- Hattie: Well, don't act like you know it all. You won't even get a tip that way.
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