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
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The 18th June 1979 edition of 'Playgirl' magazine reported that star Christopher Reeve was offered the lead male role but turned it down. Reportedly, Reeve was offered a paycheck of US $1 million to play the part of Julian Kay which in the end was cast with Richard Gere. The same reported that Gere's salary on this picture was US $350,00 plus back-end percentage points from the picture's box-office profits. Earlier, when John Travolta was attached to star, the 18th January 1978 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times' had announced that Travolta would be starring in this film for a salary of US $2 million. See more »
During the questioning at the police headquarters, Julian's right hand is by the side of his head, in the next shot his hand is on his leg. See more »
Richard Gere is perfectly cast in the role of decadent but vulnerable male gigolo cum prostitute who is framed for a murder he didn't commit. His emotional entanglement with a married woman (Lauren Hutton) is believable, but the film is above all a dissection of the emptiness of the kind of stylish materialism which was to become such a hallmark of cosmopolitan lifestyle in the 80's. Like many such morality tales, though, the superficial attractiveness of the 'style' as a way of life is liable to lead some to embrace rather than reject it as a way of bringing excitement into their lives. In any event, a stylish piece of cinema.
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