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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.

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Paul Schrader

Writer:

Paul Schrader
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | French | German

Release Date:

1 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Gigolo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Reeve and John Travolta were offered the lead role of Julian but both in the end turned it down. Reeve was supposedly offered US $1 million to play the title role. Travolta originally accepted the part then revoked it. Reportedly, according to the 18th June 1979 edition of 'Playgirl' magazine, 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, the 18th January 1978 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times' had announced that Travolta, when he was attached to the project, would be starring in this film for a salary of US $2 million. See more »

Goofs

When Julian and Anne are talking on the beach, the positions of the sun and shadows on them change between shots, indicating that the shots were taken at different times. See more »

Quotes

Julian Kaye: Why me? Why did you pick me?
Leon: Because you were framable. You've stepped on too many toes. Nobody ever cared about you. I never even liked you much myself.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Demon Queen (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto in A Major (for Clarinet) K622
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang A. Mozart)
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Death of LA in the 80s
11 May 2000 | by fazinersSee all my reviews

It's hard to precisely depict the impact of the smoky undertow of 1980s LA mores on the emotional and cultural landscape of the city, but Richard Gere's subversive topsy-turvy solo show comes close. Weird, well-shot and intriguing. The queasy feeling it leaves is hard to remove even days later. A/A-


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