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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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Sunday
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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
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Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
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Mrs. Dobrun
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Mrs. Sloan
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Mrs. Laudner
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Hollywood Actor (as MacDonald Carey)
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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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1 February 1980 (USA)  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Star John Travolta, who was originally attached to play the lead male role of Julian Kay, had recently starred in a film with Lily Tomlin called Moment by Moment (1978) which had failed at the box-office. Reportedly, it's story-line of a relationship between an older woman and a younger man was believed to be too similar in subject matter for Travolta to do another picture with this kind of plot, especially given the commercial failure of Moment by Moment (1978). Moreover, it is also believed that the then current illness of Travolta's father and the then recent death of Travolta's mother contributed to Travolta leaving the picture. Reportedly also, one of the reasons Travolta in the end turned down the movie was because he wanted final cut approval and director Paul Schrader allegedly would not give it to him. See more »

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At the hotel bar, when Julian and Michelle are talking, he is looking at her when she tells him that she used to travel a lot. In the next shot, when she tells him that her husband is involved in local politics, Julian is seen turning his head to look up at Michelle. See more »

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Julian Kaye: Why me? Why did you pick me?
Leon: Because you were framable. You've stepped on too many toes. Nobody ever cared about you. I never even liked you much myself.
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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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Excellent
23 June 2003 | by (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – See all my reviews

I was under the impression that "American Gigolo" was one of those "cult" movies I never understood why so many people liked in the first place. But I was utterly surprised by the user rating of this movie and the fact that there are only a couple of comments. But the biggest surprise is I actually liked the movie, I found it extremely interesting and thought it had a great 80's feel to it. Richard Gere, who never really impressed me with anything, is in the role of his lifetime, playing his playboy role to perfection.

Director Paul Schrader made a smart movie that doesn't have to show everything in order for the viewer to know what happens and I liked it. The ending is very suitable and I especially love the last scene and Gere's last sentence which really touched me.

I didn't really understand the plot, but with Gere, a great score that manages to keep a single song interesting throughout the entire movie and great directing "American Gigolo" stands high above average and is one of the best movies of the eighties. 8/10


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