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Breathless (1983)

When Jesse Lujack steals a car in Las Vegas and drives down to LA, his criminal ways only escalate- but when will it end?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Parmental
Robert Dunn ...
Sgt. Enright
Garry Goodrow ...
Tony Berrutti
Salesgirl (as Lisa Persky)
Waldemar Kalinowski ...
Jack Leustig ...
Highway Patrolman
Eugène Lourié ...
Dr. Boudreaux (as Eugene Lourié)
Georg Olden ...
Miguel Pinero ...
Man with Pipe


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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He's the last man on earth any woman needs... and every woman wants.


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Release Date:

13 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sin aliento  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,384,369, 15 May 1983

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After Monica puts on the pink dress and climbs into Jesse's car, they take off. As they're driving, they zoom over a hill in the road, and they are viewed from the back. You can see that Monica's necklace has become unfastened. See more »


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Breathless baby....
2 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's funny to see Richard Gere now, so refined and soft spoken and remember he played the quintesential wild man in "Breatless". I remember when I saw this, I was so young but it blew me away. This isn't a movie that's especially strong no depth nor is it the most original movie-cmon hot bad by, hot bad girl on the run together etc etc. Not original in the slightest but the movie was wholly absorbing. It just worked.

I think this movie was completely decadent and was also a bit ahead of it's time-were it to be released now people wouldn't bat an eye but back then I remember it was pretty raunchy-I didn't know till I read some other reviews on here that Quenten Tarentino was a fan of this movie and there IS something about this movie that's a bit-I don't know-let's just say that I could see him making this.

I think the appeal of this movie was on alot of levels, it was decadent, controversial, featured two leads who even by HOLLYWOOD standards were absolutely incredible looking,besides being fastpaced, action oriented and featuring plenty of sizzling scenes between the two leads. Although this is far from my favorite movie it sure did leave me breathless!

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