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Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a... See full summary »

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Carlito
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Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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$19,900,000 (USA)
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Of the love scenes in the film, Valérie Kaprisky once said that they were not just acting: "It was wonderful working with Richard...He [Richard Gere] gives you everything to react to. We were not acting the love scenes. They were half real. You can't say you act only when they say 'Action!'...I think it shows in the movie. If you don't really feel like doing it, it shows." Reportedly, during casting, Gere wanted Kaprisky cast because she was someone he would like to make love too. Gere and Kaprisky are seen in full frontal nudity in the film. Publicity for this film rumored the two to have had a personal relationship around the time that this film was made and released but this has been denied. Two of the French films that Kaprisky appeared in prior to this movie have been described as being soft-core or semi-porn. Moreover, semi-nude photos of Kaprisky were sold prior to this movie's casting to a photographer allegedly without Kaprisky's consent but these pictures were seen by producer Martin Erlichman and led to her being considered, interviewed and cast in the movie. 'Valerie Kaprisky' was around nineteen years of age when this film was made and released whilst actor Richard Gere was around thirty-three. See more »

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In the newspaper article that mentioned the death of a CHiP Officer, the text of the article has absolutely nothing to do with the headline. See more »

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Detective: "Don't F-U-C-K with the L.A.P.D."
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365 Is My Number / The Message
Performed by King Sunny Ade
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Lurid fun and has aged well.
22 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Back in 1983, the remake of Jean-Luc Godard's "A Bout de Soufflé" was savagely attacked by critics. It was understandable at the time. Today, I'll bet many of the critics probably feel the film is much better compared to today's bottom feeder cinema (many of which top the box office).

Richard Gere's Jesse LuJack does the rare feat of being both repulsive and likable. Early in the film, you despise the reckless, cocky, S.O.B. of a criminal that he is but as the film wears on you suddenly find his character extremely appealing. Once you warm up with him, you realize how much fun Gere is having playing LuJack. His traipsing in L.A. becomes very entertaining in a video game sort of way. Singing to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, disrupting his girlfriend's exam, and his role as The Fugitive makes the film so compelling and fun to watch. He embodies coolness while being hip; which can be hard to do.

As for Valerie Kapinsky, I have seen some of her soft-core films from Europe and she is tremendously sexy. She has sex appeal and looks delicious in virtually every scene. Her acting here gave her an undeserved rap. She's supposed to be playing a French exchange student. I think she did the best job possible by playing herself. I would take Kaprinsky over some American actress faking a French accent. There could have been other French actresses out there that could have taken the part but she fit in perfectly for the role IMO. She probably didn't object to the nudity required.

The film also delivers some steamy situations. Making love in front of a huge screen showing an old movie (I think Judy Garland was in it) while being on the lam in L.A. just sounds so dreamy. Makes me want to do the same with my girl; only I won't have an arrest warrant on my head LOL!

So yes, the movie isn't a classic and it isn't Casablanca but the film is much, much better than the turkey it received in 1983. It's definitely worth seeing.

Interestingly enough, Jim McBride would later direct a biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1988 called "Great Balls Of Fire" so his interest in late 50's rockabilly was apparent here regarding the great soundtrack.


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