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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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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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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Soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Fleetwood Mac's Steve Nicks to compose, sing and record the main title song for this picture but Nicks had to turn down the offer as a then new contract with Modern Records blocked her from working with Moroder. See more »


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 »


Mr. Rheiman: Now slap her. Slap that cunt.
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Concerto in A Major (for Clarinet) K622
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang A. Mozart)
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A Stylish Morality Play
12 May 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Richard Gere is perfectly cast in the role of decadent but vulnerable male gigolo cum prostitute who is framed for a murder he didn't commit. His emotional entanglement with a married woman (Lauren Hutton) is believable, but the film is above all a dissection of the emptiness of the kind of stylish materialism which was to become such a hallmark of cosmopolitan lifestyle in the 80's. Like many such morality tales, though, the superficial attractiveness of the 'style' as a way of life is liable to lead some to embrace rather than reject it as a way of bringing excitement into their lives. In any event, a stylish piece of cinema.

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