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Release Date:
5 April 1978 (USA) See more »
In 1917, in the red-light district of New Orleans, they called her "Pretty Baby" See more »
A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brooke Shields ... Violet

Keith Carradine ... Bellocq

Susan Sarandon ... Hattie

Frances Faye ... Nell

Antonio Fargas ... Professor
Matthew Anton ... Red Top

Diana Scarwid ... Frieda

Barbara Steele ... Josephine
Seret Scott ... Flora
Cheryl Markowitz ... Gussie
Susan Manskey ... Fanny
Laura Zimmerman ... Agnes
Miz Mary ... Odette

Gerrit Graham ... Highpockets
Mae Mercer ... Mama Mosebery
Don Hood ... Alfred Fuller
Pat Pierre Perkins ... Ola Mae (as Pat Perkins)
Von Eric Thomas ... Nonny
Sasha Holliday ... Justine
Lisa Shames ... Antonia
Henry Braden ... Harry
Patrick M. Burke ... Fanny's Customer
C.C. Courtney ... Naval Officer
Joe Catalanotto ... Hattie's Customer
Philip H. Sizeler ... Senator
Don Lutenbacher ... Violet's First Customer
Hobe May ... Farmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stocker Fontelieu ... Brothel Patron (uncredited)
Bill Holliday ... Gussie's client (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
Writing credits
Polly Platt (story)

Polly Platt (screenplay)

Louis Malle  story

Produced by
Louis Malle .... producer
Polly Platt .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Fenn 
Casting by
Gary Chason 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as Jim Berkey)
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Charlene Johnson .... hair stylist
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tony Wade .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Heitzer .... assistant director (as Don Heitzer)
Toby Lovallo .... second assistant director
John M. Poer .... assistant director
Art Department
Mark Wade .... property master
Richard Speed .... carpenter's apprentice (uncredited)
Sound Department
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Skip Godwin .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Maureen Lambray .... special photography
Michael McGowan .... camera operator (as Mike McGowan)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mina Mittelman .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Suzanne Baron .... supervising editor
Ruth Blakeslee .... assistant editor
Mateel Hoppe .... assistant editor
Alice Miller .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Raymond Burke .... musician: clarinet
Louis Cottrell .... musician: clarinet
Bob Greene .... musician: piano solo
Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton .... composer: additional music
Kid Thomas .... musician: trumpet
Jerry Wexler .... music adaptor
Jerry Wexler .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor
Al Rose .... researcher
Karen Moore .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Niña bonita" - Argentina, Mexico (imdb display title), Peru (imdb display title), Venezuela
"La petite" - Canada (French title), France
"Menina Bonita" - Brazil (imdb display title), Portugal (imdb display title)
"Η Κουκλίτσα της Νέας Ορλεάνης" - Greece
"Прелестное дитя" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Хубавицата" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Csinos kislány" - Hungary
"Güzel bebek" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"I kouklitsa tis Neas Orleanis" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"La pequeña" - Spain
"Pretty Baby" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Pretty Baby" - Finland (video box title)
"Pretty Baby" - Italy
"Pretty Baby: Menina Bonita" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Slatka mala" - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Slicznotka" - Poland (imdb display title)
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110 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2013) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1978) | France:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:M18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #24930) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Tatum O'Neal was offered the role of Violet, but her father Ryan O'Neal made her turn it down.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Violet is wearing a thong (the straps are visible) when she flounces out of the room where Bellocq had posed her naked on the couch.See more »
Nell:[starting the auction for Violet's virginity] A virgin, bona fide.
Brothel Patron:How old is she?
Nell:Do you want to put me in jail? She's just old enough. She's the finest delicacy New Orleans has to offer, and it's her wish that one of you gentleman be the first.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Image is Everything, 20 September 2002
Author: caspian1978 from Boston, MA

If you look close, you will notice that the direction is pulling you into the story. Louis Malle holds onto the image in front of us until we have taken it all in. When we think there will be a cut soon in the film, we are robbed of this pity. Instead, we are given reality. At first, I thought the movie as going to end at the edge of the river bank during the picnic. It would have been a delightful shock for the movie to end in such a pure and innocent way. However, we are not given this. In fact, Louis Malle once again cheats(tricks)us into this. The next shot in the film shows the newly married couple having breakfast. If you watch closely, again, you will notice the scene comes ever so quick without a dissolve in neither the picture nor the music. A film that will stand the test of time. Reasons.....yes, sadly, the nudity will keep this video rented on a monthly bases. Then again, the movie does capture the bleak poetry of the era and tells a story like no other. One of Brooke's first and best roles.

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