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American Gigolo (1980)

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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Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
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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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The 24th February 1980 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times' stated that this film was one of five screenplays that writer-director 'Paul Schrader' wrote during his twenties in 1976. Others produced were _Hardcore_, Blue Collar (1978) and Taxi Driver (1976). The subject matter of American Gigolo (1980) was about "the elite" and "the world of Beverly Hills" compared to the others which were about "street life". 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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Julian Kaye: This is my apartment. Women don't come here.
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Take Off Your Uniform
Written and Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of MCA, Inc. Records
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21 July 2003 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

American Gigolo is surely one of the most underrated movies of all times. It's a very good movie, in my opinion second best of Paul Schrader's films, right after "Mishima - Life in four chapters", and I never understood why it got all the bad reviews. First of all it's one of the most stylish films I've ever seen, with fascinating scenes from start to finish, vibrant colors and beautiful sets and exterior shots. Paul Schrader, apart from being a great scriptwriter is also the master of photography, maybe the best in modern Hollywood. American Gigolo is a phenomenal character study too, struggle of a lonely man against the society he doesn't belong to, and in which he was artificially implanted by becoming something he's not. Michelle (Lauren Hutton) succeeds in bringing out the true Julian Kay, and their relationship on screen is very close and direct, although it maybe doesn't seem so, probably because both of the actors appear cold and distant, but that's just the result of the world they're living in. Both their lives are fake, and the only time they are real is with one another. The love scene between Julian and Michelle is one of the best in history of the cinema, it tells so much without showing much. Paul Schrader is one of my favorite directors, but that's only a small fraction of why I'm giving this movie

10 out of 10


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