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Breathless (1983)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  9 June 1983 (Australia)
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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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Dr. Boudreaux (as Eugene Lourié)
Georg Olden ...
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Miguel Pinero ...
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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This remake inter-changes the nationalities of the two lead characters and their location from the original Breathless (1960). That original film featured a French criminal and an American girl whereas this remake has an American criminal and a French girl. Kaprisky's character, Monica Poiccard, took the last name of Jean-Paul Belmondo's character Michel Poiccard from Breathless (1960). The films also have their settings swapped, the remake is set in the USA (in Los Angeles) whereas the original film was set in France (Paris). See more »

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At the start, when Jesse is driving the stolen Porsche to L.A, he is seen taking off his jacket. the next shot is a shot from behind, which shows him with his jacket still on. In the shot after that, he is seen continuing to take off his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Lujack: I say Monica, you ever been to Mexico, honey?
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Jesse Lujack: Monica, you coming to Mexico with me!
Jesse Lujack: Me and Monica!
Jesse Lujack: Cos I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna be!
Jesse Lujack: Mon-Monica and me!
Jesse Lujack: Me and Monica! Yeah, me and Monica go to Méjico!
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I really liked this film
3 January 2003 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

To me Richard Gere carried the movie--he managed to make Jesse LuJak a character both repulsive and likeable. LuJak is a petty criminal, car-thief and then a murderer, not very bright (he reads comic books and seems to model himself on The Silver Surfer). LuJak moves in a world of cheap motels and seedy bars, and has a torrid and obviously doomed affair with an art student. But in the end he comes off as somehow admirable--we believe that he loves the Kapinsky character, that he might even be a good father to her child, given the chance. LuJak comes mighty near what I would call a tragic hero--flaws and all.

As for the look of the movie, I find that equally well done--just for example, at one point the hero and heroine make love in torrid red lights, with a black-and white 30s movie in the background, also dealing with doomed lovers. The juxtaposed images were very nicely handled.

Both thumbs up!


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