Runaway Bride (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Julia Roberts Maggie Carpenter
Richard Gere Ike Graham
Joan Cusack Peggy Flemming
Hector Elizondo Fisher
Rita Wilson Ellie Graham
Paul Dooley Walter Carpenter
Christopher Meloni Coach Bob Kelly
Donal Logue Priest Brian
Reg Rogers George Bug Guy
Yul Vazquez Dead Head Gill
Jane Morris Mrs. Pressman
Lisa Roberts Elaine From Manhattan (as Lisa Roberts Gillan)
Kathleen Marshall Cousin Cindy
Jean Schertler Grandma
Tom Hines Cory Flemming
Tom Mason Final Wedding Pastor
Garret Wright Student Dennis
Sela Ward Pretty Bar Woman
Marvin Braverman T-Shirt Vendor
Yvonne Pollack T-Shirt Lady
Joy Rosenthal Limo Woman
John Goldman Construction Man
Sandra Taylor Model Shelby
Thong Nguyen Fashion Shoot Photographer
Karen Stirgwolt Office Worker Frances
Lee McKenna Mrs. Whittenmeyer
Patrick Richwood T.V. Host
Marty Nadler Travelling Salesman
Allan Kent Mr. Trout
Kevin Murray Pete
James Richardson Mr. Paxton
Duncan Lam Dragged Little Boy
Julie Paris Reporter Murphy
Dina Napoli Reporter Dina
Jacqui Allen Reporter Jacqui
Jack Hoffman Reporter Jack
Cheryl Frazel Reporter Cheryl
Tiffany Paulsen Reporter Tiffany
Gregg Goulet Church Organist
Shannon Wilcox Luau Lady
Yul Vasquez Dead Head Gill
Lisa Roberts Gillan Elaine from Manhattan
Larry Miller Bartender
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Director Garry Marshall
Producer Ted Field; Scott Kroopf; Tom Rosenberg; Robert W. Cort; Josann McGibbon; Sara Parriott
Writer Josann McGibbon; Sara Parriott
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 116 mins
Country USA
Color Color
It took nearly a decade to find a mutually agreeable screenplay, but the stars and director of Pretty Woman finally reunited to make Runaway Bride, wisely avoiding any attempt to recapture the 1990 film's elusive magic. The result is a perfectly pleasant romantic comedy that would've fared better critically (despite boffo box office) if it hadn't been overshadowed by its blockbuster predecessor. It's certainly a more credible film than Pretty Woman, trading a far-fetched fairy tale (hooker hooks up with tycoon? bah!) for a more amiably conventional plot about big-city reporter Ike Graham (Richard Gere) who falls for a small-town handywoman Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) with a nasty habit of fleeing from the altar in a recurring state of premarital panic.

Both characters are instantly likable, and the smooth dialogue by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott only occasionally panders to sitcom cuteness. And despite his routine sacrifice of subtle craft for commercial appeal, director Garry Marshall knows when to trust his stars and material, lending this movie a casual charm (aided by a terrific supporting cast) that never feels forced or artificial. The whole thing's utterly predictable, riding on the suspenseless question of whether Maggie will dump her sports-nut fiancé (Christopher Meloni) and tie the knot with Ike. It's a foregone conclusion after the usual games of romantic cat and mouse, but the chemistry between Roberts and Gere is undeniable, and with a decade's worth of additional stardom between them, they shine as brightly as ever. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 169
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 097363238478
Chapters 21
Release Date 2000
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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