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American Gigolo (1980)

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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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Sunday
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
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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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1 February 1980 (USA)  »

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An American Gigolo  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Director Paul Schrader's screenplay and direction was inspired by minimalist director Robert Bresson's film Pickpocket (1959). See more »

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When Michelle and Julian are talking in the Botanical gardens, she tells him that she's going away for 2 months and tells him to blame Charles for her trip, at that point, Julian says "That's not what I'm saying," leans against a tree and messes his hair up. In the next shot, after he's walked away from the tree, his hair is neat. 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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Take Off Your Uniform
Written and Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of MCA, Inc. 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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