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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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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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Paul Schrader wanted Lauren Hutton for the role of Michelle Stratton, but the studio wanted a bigger name and chose to go with Jessica Lange. In the end however, the decision was taken out of their hands when Lange turned down the role as being "too dark", and Hutton was cast. 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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Michelle Stratton: How much?
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Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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Concerto in A Major (for Clarinet) K622
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang A. Mozart)
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Excellent drama/thriller.
18 December 2002 | by (Devon,England) – See all my reviews

Richard Gere is excellent as a high class escort in this storming and stylish drama.Richard Gere plays Julian,a man who is paid alot of money for giving older and married woman pleasure.

Life seems like it can't be better until he is framed for a murder he didn't commit.Everyone turns their back on Julian apart from a married lover of his called Michelle.Michelle is his only hope,things keep going more downhill and eventually collapse.

Anyone who thinks or mistakes American Gigolo for a psychological thriller before they see it will be dissapointed.It is a mix of a thriller,a drama and a murder mystery. It is slightly predictable but everything eventually picks up and it is electrical.Richard Gere is excellent and coo, as the character Julian.The film is dated by now but is a classic.Stylish,disturbing and cool.I rate 4/5.


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