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


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 <>

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Release Date:

1 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An American Gigolo  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Debbie Harry has said the film's main title song "Call Me" is about driving. She visualized the film's opening sequence when writing it. She said: "When I was writing it, I pictured the opening scene [of the movie], driving on the coast of California". Harry was first given an instrumental rough track titled "Man Machine by Giorgio Moroder and was asked to write the melody and lyrics for the song. Reportedly, this took her only took her a few hours to do. See more »


When Julian and Michelle are having a conversation at his apartment, he tells her about the Palm Springs murder he is being framed for. He tells her that it took place a couple of weeks ago. A short time later, she asks him when the murder took place, he tells her it was a week ago Tuesday. This is duplicated later on by Charles (The Senator) when he's talking to Julian, but the Tuesday part is omitted. See more »


Mr. Rheiman: Now slap her. Slap that cunt.
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References Pickpocket (1959) See more »


Concerto in A Major (for Clarinet) K622
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang A. Mozart)
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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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