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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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Anne (as Nina Van Pallandt)
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Charles Stratton
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Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart ...
Mr. Rheiman
Patricia Carr ...
Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
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Lt. Curtis
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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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1 February 1980 (USA)  »

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An American Gigolo  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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This picture is considered the first installment of Paul Schrader's unofficial "Lonely Man Trilogy", the other parts being Light Sleeper (1992) and The Walker (2007). See more »

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When Julian is tearing his Mercedes apart to locate the stolen jewels, he is seen pulling the plastic off the driver's door to get a torch. He pulls the plastic right off the door, but shortly after that, the plastic is on the door. See more »

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Michelle Stratton: How many languages do you speak?
Julian Kaye: Five or six.
Michelle Stratton: Plus the, uh, international language?
Julian Kaye: That's right.
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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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A review: American Gigolo
21 July 2008 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

American Gigolo (1980)

Directed by Paul Schrader

Starring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Bill Duke

Stylish and full of sense love story about Gere being a very sensual gigolo who gets involved in a murder. Schrader makes and obvious critic, not only of American high society life, is about loneliness and, at the end, change. The film is full of colors and sticky Giorgio Moroder score (Inclcuding Blondie's hit "Call Me"). Of course, it tries to be a thriller, but it really doesn't work like that. Is about Gere character, how he think, how he dress and how he smiles making a interesting character study as a study about the sordid and lost life of pleasures. Co-starring Lauren Hutton as a women searching for a new life.


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