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Just a Gigolo (1978)

Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (original title)
After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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David Hemmings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
Sydne Rome ... Cilly
Kim Novak ... Helga von Kaiserling
David Hemmings ... Captain Hermann Kraft
Maria Schell ... Pauls Mutti Frau von Przygodski
Curd Jürgens ... Prince
Erika Pluhar ... Eva
Hilde Weissner ... Aunt Hilda
Werner Pochath ... Otto
Marlene Dietrich ... Baroness von Semering
Rudolf Schündler ... Oberst Gustav von Przygodski
Evelyn Künneke ... Frau Aeckerle (as Evelyn Künnecke)
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Major Alexander von Müller
Karin Hardt ... Frau Uexkull
Rainer Hunold Rainer Hunold ... Lothar
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Storyline

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 November 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Gigolo See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Marlene Dietrich's daughter, Maria Riva, there were two contracts drawn up: one, which Dietrich saw, stipulated that she was to be paid in installments (part of signing, part after the first day of filming, the balance after the second day of filming); the second, which was kept from Dietrich, stipulated that Riva be present and that she would guarantee that her mother would be in condition to perform her contractual duties. See more »

Crazy Credits

"And featuring, with great pride, MARLENE DIETRICH" See more »

Alternate Versions

The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this version is available on video (Water Bearer Films Video) in the United States. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 David Bowie Movie Performances (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Revolutionary Song
Music by David Bowie, Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Performed by The Rebels featuring David Bowie
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Salon Bowie...
1 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

It is March 2005 and this extraordinary German production has just been released on DVD in Australia. The transfer is pretty good considering the problems with the original materials. In its first release it was quite successful here and is considered a Cabaret /Salon Kitty derivative. Lushly produced and with an astonishing cast fortunately for us allowing some genuine movie greats to perform and sing, JUST A GIGOLO is almost a parallel universe to the lives of Sally Bowles and Michael from Cabaret with an equally convincing and sleazy world. Bowie at times even looks like Michael York. Viewers need to be patient and let the story unfold in its awkwardly edited way. Often it seems dubbed and post produced with echoing sound effects. The musical numbers alone are worth the rental on this Gigolo. I hope it is released in your country soon. Otherwise Umbrella Entertainment from Melbourne Australia might help you. They got it from somewhere. There is a KINOWELT logo on the box too. Regarding the soundtrack, it was produced at the time and I have it on vinyl, so a vintage (!) LP store will help you. The soundtrack record is excellent as well.


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