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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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Nina van Pallandt ...
Anne (as Nina Van Pallandt)
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Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart ...
Patricia Carr ...
Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
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Lt. Curtis
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Mrs. Dobrun
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Mrs. Sloan
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Mrs. Laudner
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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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1 February 1980 (USA)  »

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An American Gigolo  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$23,000,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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One of a handful of films where Richard Gere, during his male sex symbol period, between the late 1970s and mid 1980s, appeared in an 18+ certificate type mainstream movie which was an erotic drama. The pictures include Breathless (1983), No Mercy (1986), American Gigolo (1980), Beyond the Limit (1983), and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). 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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Anne: Julie, I made you! I taught you everything you know! How to dress, table manners, how to move, how to make love...
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Love and Passion
by Giorgio Moroder and Paul Schrader
Performed by Cheryl Barnes
Courtesy of Polydor 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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