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American Gigolo (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  1 February 1980 (USA)
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The ups and downs in the life of a Los Angeles male escort who mostly caters to an older female clientèle.

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Nina van Pallandt ...
Anne (as Nina Van Pallandt)
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Leon
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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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1 February 1980 (USA)  »

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An American Gigolo  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Julian Kaye: This is my apartment. Women don't come here.
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Call Me
by Giorgio Moroder and Deborah Harry
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Death of LA in the 80s
11 May 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

It's hard to precisely depict the impact of the smoky undertow of 1980s LA mores on the emotional and cultural landscape of the city, but Richard Gere's subversive topsy-turvy solo show comes close. Weird, well-shot and intriguing. The queasy feeling it leaves is hard to remove even days later. A/A-


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