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American Gigolo (1980)

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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... See full summary »

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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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8 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An American Gigolo  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Deborah 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 »

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When Julian Kay is at the police station being questioned, Lt. Curtis from Palm Springs tells Julian that he parked his Mercedes about 50 feet from the Rheiman house on the night of the 22nd (the night of the murder), Julian actually parked his Mercedes in Rheiman's driveway right outside the house. See more »

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Mr. Rheiman: Now slap her. Slap that cunt.
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Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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The Love I Saw in You Is Just a Mirage
by Smokey Robinson (as W. Robinson) and Marvin Tarplin (as M. Tarplin)
Performed by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown 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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