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Writer (WGA):
Paul Schrader (written by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1992 (UK) See more »
A story about the discovery of the spirit, the Lure of Decadence, and the Chance for Escape. [Australia theatrical] See more »
A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict... See more » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Guess it's time to revisit "American Gigolo"... See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Willem Dafoe ... John LeTour

Susan Sarandon ... Ann

Dana Delany ... Marianne Jost

David Clennon ... Robert

Mary Beth Hurt ... Teresa Aranow

Victor Garber ... Tis Brooke

Jane Adams ... Randi Jost
Paul Jabara ... Eddie

Robert Cicchini ... Bill Guidone

Sam Rockwell ... Jealous

Rene Rivera ... Manuel

David Spade ... Theological Cokehead
Steven Posen ... Hasid
Ken Ladd ... Carlos
Brian Judge ... Thomas

Vince Cupone ... Young Cuban (as Vinny Capone)

Chris Northup ... Retro Yuppie (as Christopher Todd Northup)
Paul Stocker ... Maitre D'
Bernadette Jurkowski ... French Girl #1

Tatiana von Furstenberg ... French Girl #2
Francesca Bonicoli ... Model #1
Elena Vannucci ... Model #2
Jeff Telvi ... Male Model
Jennifer Fowler ... Woman at Bar #1
Gabrielle Stubbert ... Woman at Bar #2
James Saxenmeyer ... Bar Patron
Raymond Normandeau ... Chef
Arcoiris Medina ... Woman at Laundromat
Esteban Fernández ... Concierge
Catherine L.A. Walker ... Police Woman
Timothy Stickney ... Young Dominican
Joey Gironda ... Funeral Home Employee
Heather Rose Dominic ... Crackhead
Paul Stockman Smith ... Radio Announcer
Peter Macklin ... Baseball Card Fan #1
Billy Joe Novinski ... Baseball Card Fan #2
David Sukoff ... Baseball Card Fan #3
Damian Corrente ... Baseball Card Fan #4
Ronald Sylvers ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Margotta ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (written by)

Produced by
G. Mac Brown .... co-producer
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Linda Reisman .... producer
Ronna B. Wallace .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Been 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman  (as Ed Lachman)
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Richard Hornung 
Art Direction by
James C. Feng  (as Jim Feng)
Set Decoration by
Jessica Lanier 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist (as Marilyn Carbone)
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair designer: Ms. Sarandon (as Leslie Anderson)
Anthony Sorrentino .... hair stylist
Production Management
Diana Pokorny .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dean Garvin .... second assistant director
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... dga trainee (as Dodi Rubenstein)
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Elizabeth Anderson .... art department assistant
Anthony Baldasare .... first set dresser
Teri Bella .... assistant set decorator
Joan Brockschmidt .... lead person
Diana Burton .... set dresser
Fred Chesterman .... construction grip
Darcy Doyle .... art department assistant
Anthony Dunne .... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Harrison Dunne .... art department assistant
Julie Fabian .... art department coordinator
John Grimolizzi .... carpenter
Mark Horstmann .... key set builder
Rachel Janocko .... art department assistant
Gary Jennings .... scenic artist
Harmony Korine .... art department assistant
Michael Leather .... set dresser (as Mike Leather)
Kevin Morrissey .... production design assistant
Janima Nam .... art department assistant
Ellen Oshins .... scenic artist
Mark Peltzer .... property master
Michele Sommer .... second prop
Barbara J. Taylor .... scenic charge (as Barbara Taylor)
Byron K. Lovelace .... props (uncredited)
Keith Wall .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Susan Sklar Friedman .... assistant sound editor
Starr Furlotte .... assistant adr editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Leslie Gimbel .... apprentice sound editor
Wendy Hedin .... adr editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Anthony Starbuck .... boom operator
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Mel Zelniker .... sound re-recording mixer
Maurice Schell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects coordinator
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator
Denis Zack .... special effects technician
Peter Bucossi .... stunt cabbie
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Vince Cupone .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera (as James Belletier)
Joe Collins .... camera trainee
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy electric (as Jerry Deblau)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John Deblau)
Craig DiBona .... camera operator
Richie Ford .... electrician
Jeff Hand .... Steadicam assistant
David Knox .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Knox)
Sal Lanza .... grip
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: second unit
Gus Magalios .... grip (as Constantine Magalios)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
John Panuccio .... best boy grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Peter John Petraglia .... electrician (as John Petraglia)
Robert T. Prate .... grip (as Bobby Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Tom Prate Jr.)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera
Steve Sands .... still photographer
Lance Shepherd .... electrician
Matty Sicurella .... grip (as Matthew Sicurella)
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Michele Heilbrun .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Fleming .... costume assistant
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Winsome G. McKoy .... wardrobe supervisor (as Winsome Mckoy)
Ellen Ryba .... associate costume designer
Editorial Department
Marya Cohn .... editorial intern
Vida Fitzgerald .... apprentice editor
David Leonard .... assistant editor
Tony Mottola .... dailies timer (as Tony Mattolo)
Nancy Novack .... apprentice editor (as Nancy I. Novak)
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
Rob Sciarratta .... video color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Been .... music producer
Michael Been .... musician
Sandee Borgman .... music video consultant
Joel Jaffe .... music recording engineer
Ralph Patlan .... assistant music producer
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... teamster captain (as Richie Holston)
Delroy Hunter .... parking coordinator (as Delroy M. Hunter)
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation coordinator (as Ed Iacobelli)
Donavan Barrett Tomlinson .... parking assistant (as Donovan Barrett-Tomlinson)
Other crew
Moshe Bardach .... location scout (as Moe Bardach)
Mara Hade Connolly .... assistant production auditor
Andrew D. Cooke .... location manager
John 'JR' Craigmile .... accounting assistant (as John 'J.R.' Craigmile)
Valerie Desjardins .... script supervisor trainee
Joe Facey .... craft service
David Harris .... production assistant
Shell Hecht .... production coordinator
Edward A. Ioffreda .... assistant production coordinator
James A. Janowitz .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn
Jesse Janowitz .... locations department assistant
David Janssen .... production assistant
Anne Kaplan .... assistant: Mr. Scharder and Ms. Reisman
Phyllis Kaufman .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
Maggie McMonagle .... assistant location manager
Hernan Otaño .... production assistant: Mr. Schrader (as H. Michael Otano)
Lyn Pinezich .... location assistant
John Paul Riva .... key production assistant
Karen Robson .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn
Vicki Dee Rock .... production auditor
Stacey Spencer .... craft service
Christopher Swartout .... production assistant (as Chris Swartout)
Mark Urman .... publicity: Dennis Davidson Associates
Greg White .... production assistant
Deborah Wolpert .... production office assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Eric Fisher .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant (uncredited)
Niels Coogan .... thanks
Michael Graves .... thanks
Dakota Jackson .... thanks
Bill Nisselson .... thanks
David Salle .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong language and drug content, and for violence and a scene of sensuality
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When questioned about what the film's title meant, Willem Dafoe joked that the other two films in Schrader's trilogy of loners were titled after the key characters occupations. He jokingly said Schrader thought no one would watch a film if it was just called "Drug Dealer".See more »
Ann:[Angry at John LeTour for being late] You want me to suck your dick? Fine. You want a raise? No.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Guess it's time to revisit "American Gigolo"..., 26 August 2002
Author: Bob Westal

Just wanted to add my two cents worth, mainly regarding where I differ from the other comments.

A few folks complained that the ending was too similar to "American Gigolo" (and may have been, in turn, lifted from a nameless French film).

Well, I haven't seen "Gigolo" since it came out. (At the time, I remember liking it a lot more than most of my friends and most of the critics. I'm a sucker for redemption stories, I guess.) In any case, I've long since forgotten the ending, so that may explain why I found myself so moved by the ending of "Light Sleeper."

I also enjoyed the fact that it wasn't easy to see where things were heading, either in terms of plot or emotions.

But, the tradition of rather strange flaws in Schrader's movies continues, this time a god-awful musical score (sort of 90's era-Springsteen mixed with Robbie Robertson, but in a bad, bad way) that could have destroyed the movie for me -- if it weren't so superb in every other way.

The cast is consistently good and it's nice to see Mr. Intensity, Willem Dafoe, portray an essentially sweet natured, though intense, person for a change -- but I was especially entranced by Susan Sarandon's work toward the end of the film.

I understand that idea of the "drug dealer with heart of gold" may seem like an oxymoron -- but that's part of the point of the film, that our commonplace ways of characterizing our fellow man may not be all that terribly accurate in all situations.

In this light, there's an interesting scene about half-way through the film where a homicide detective questions Dafoe. The dialogue, and even the acting, could have been taken from a thousand movie scenes where a detective questions a sleazy dope peddler -- Dafoe even takes on the traditional body language that we associate with such characters. It's almost as if Dafoe wandered into a more traditional movie starring the detective.

But, knowing what we do about Dafoe's character and why he's not being forthcoming changes entirely the way we view the scene.

Good stuff.

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