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American Gigolo (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  1 February 1980 (USA)
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A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

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Anne (as Nina Van Pallandt)
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Charles Stratton
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Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart ...
Mr. Rheiman
Patricia Carr ...
Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
David Cryer ...
Lt. Curtis
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Mrs. Dobrun
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Mrs. Sloan
Frances Bergen ...
Mrs. Laudner
Macdonald Carey ...
Hollywood Actor (as MacDonald Carey)
William Dozier ...
Michelle's Lawyer
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Storyline

Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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The movie's main theme song "Call Me" sung by Deborah Harry & Blondie was a massive hit and went to No #1 in both the UK and USA, staying on the latter for six weeks. The song was the fourth No. #1 single in the UK in just over a year for band Blondie and Deborah Harry. The track was also the No #1 single on Billboard Magazine's end of 1980 year chart. The song is ranked as No #283 on Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and No #44 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. See more »

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When Julian and Anne are talking on the beach, the positions of the sun and shadows on them change between shots, indicating that the shots were taken at different times. See more »

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Mr. Rheiman: Now slap her. Slap that cunt.
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Take Off Your Uniform
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Courtesy of MCA, Inc. Records
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Gere is terrific!
14 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Enjoyable and different character study works better as a romance than as a thriller. Julian (Richard Gere) is a male prostitute who falls in love with one of his clients (Lauren Hutton, who is well-cast), the wife of a famous politician. About the same time, Julian realizes that he is being framed for a kiky S&M murder, and is wanted by the police. Hutton is the only one who can give him an alibi, but can't without putting her husband to shame.

Although the thriller element doesn't really work, the film still excels because of Richard Gere's wonderful performance. He creates a character that is intense and somewhat sleazy, yet amazingly vulnerable and naive. His performance (and the chemistry he shares with Hutton) holds the film together and makes it work. Gere created one of the most interesting chracters of the last two decades.


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