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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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Charles Stratton
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Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart ...
Mr. Rheiman
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Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
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Macdonald Carey ...
Hollywood Actor (as MacDonald Carey)
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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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He's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one. See more »


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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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John Travolta turned down the lead role (which went to Richard Gere). Reportedly, one of the reasons Travolta turned it down was because he wanted final cut and director Paul Schrader would not give it to him. Another reason that has been promulgated was the nudity content, Travolta having a "no nudity" policy. Travolta allegedly kept the Armani suits especially tailor made for him in the film. The picture is one of at least four films that Gere has done after Travolta had turned them down, the others being Chicago (2002), Days of Heaven (1978), and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). See more »

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At Perino's, when Julian and Anne are talking, Julian says to Anne, "Excuse me, I'll be back in a second," but his lip movements don't match what he's saying. See more »

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Take Off Your Uniform
Written and Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of MCA, Inc. Records
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A review: American Gigolo
21 July 2008 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

American Gigolo (1980)

Directed by Paul Schrader

Starring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Bill Duke

Stylish and full of sense love story about Gere being a very sensual gigolo who gets involved in a murder. Schrader makes and obvious critic, not only of American high society life, is about loneliness and, at the end, change. The film is full of colors and sticky Giorgio Moroder score (Inclcuding Blondie's hit "Call Me"). Of course, it tries to be a thriller, but it really doesn't work like that. Is about Gere character, how he think, how he dress and how he smiles making a interesting character study as a study about the sordid and lost life of pleasures. Co-starring Lauren Hutton as a women searching for a new life.


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