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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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Although the UK cinema version was uncut, the 1986 video release suffered 24 seconds of detailed edits to the scenes where Jesse breaks into and hot-wires a car, plus his breaking into Monica's flat using the lock pick. The cuts were fully restored in 2001 and the certificate downgraded to a "15". See more »

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When Jesse interrupts Monica's exam, he spills blue ink on the professor's pants. In the next scene, the stain has a different pattern. See more »

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Jesse Lujack: I say Monica, you ever been to Mexico, honey?
Jesse Lujack: I say Monica, darlin', you coming to Mexico with me?
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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(What A) Wonderful World
Performed by Sam Cooke
(c) 1959, ABKCO Music, Inc.
Written by Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert and Lou Adler
RCA Records, Inc.
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Prepare to have your preconceptions overturned
11 August 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Richard Gere in a cheesy remake of a '60s French nouvelle vague classic? Sounds like it should really suck, right?

Wrong. Turns out that Jim McBride's "Breathless" one of the best American films of the '80s. Electric performances, superb use of music, and direction with great zip and flair. The fact that this still gets so many negative reviews proves that, even now, most people simply don't get it. The main thing is Gere's performance - you'll either love his preening, irrepressible arrested adolescent, or find him grating. I think it's the performance of his career. This is one of Tarantino's favourite movies, and although it's not really anything like a QT movie, you can see why it appeals to him. I was all set to hate it, but by the end I loved it. Check it out, and decide for yourself.

Oh, and not even LA in the height of summer is anything like as hot as Valerie Kaprisky.


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