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American Gigolo (1980)

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A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.


Paul Schrader


Paul Schrader
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Julian
Lauren Hutton ... Michelle
Hector Elizondo ... Sunday
Nina van Pallandt ... Anne (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Bill Duke ... Leon
Brian Davies ... Charles Stratton
K Callan ... Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart Tom Stewart ... Mr. Rheiman
Patricia Carr Patricia Carr ... Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
David Cryer David Cryer ... Lt. Curtis
Carole Cook ... Mrs. Dobrun
Carol Bruce ... Mrs. Sloan
Frances Bergen ... Mrs. Laudner
Macdonald Carey ... Hollywood Actor (as MacDonald Carey)
William Dozier ... Michelle's Lawyer


Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one. See more »


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Did You Know?


The 23rd January 1979 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter' announced that star 'John Travolta' had left the production of this picture. See more »


When Julian Kay is at the police station being questioned, Lt. Curtis from Palm Springs tells Julian that he parked his Mercedes about 50 feet from the Rheiman house on the night of the 22nd (the night of the murder), Julian actually parked his Mercedes in Rheiman's driveway right outside the house. See more »


Michelle Stratton: Just one fuck?
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 21 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »


Referenced in Charade (1984) See more »


Concerto in A Major (for Clarinet) K622
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang A. Mozart)
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The Movie That Made Richard Gere a Star!
9 February 2017 | by LebowskidooSee all my reviews

Watched American Gigolo last night for the first time, and knowing it came first I could spot all sorts of ways it could have influenced things like Thief and Manhunter, and countless others. A big hit movie like this, there's no doubt its influence trickled down. I just love this era, from 79-83, Schrader/Moroder or Mann/Tangerine Dream movies seem to perfectly encapsulate that period for me. It's odd when you watch a movie so long after it was made, you are never sure if you love it for what it is or if nostalgia feeds into it. The Giorgio Moroder and Blondie music is perfectly at home in this movie.

Gere is great here in the movie that solidified his fame. This could be one of his best parts, the wounded lost boy, which he also plays in An Officer and a Gentleman. He's an underrated actor but the man rarely has made any career missteps (we won't mention First Knight).

A little sleazy but not too much. Worth a look for a perfect time capsule of 1980 if nothing else.

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Release Date:

1 February 1980 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,559,930, 3 February 1980

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