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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.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writer:

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

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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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His business is pleasure. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Schrader wanted Lauren Hutton for the role of Michelle Stratton, but the studio wanted a bigger name and chose to go with Jessica Lange. In the end however, the decision was taken out of their hands when Lange turned down the role as being "too dark", and Hutton was cast. See more »

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When Julian Kay is talking on the phone to Jill to see if he has any messages, he is told that Michelle has left him one, shortly after that, he says to Jill, "Tell her to meet me at Perinos," but instead of telling Jill to let Michelle know what to time to meet him there, he puts the phone down. (The shot then goes to Julian walking to Perinos in the evening to meet Anne and Michelle is seen at a table opposite). See more »

Quotes

Charles Stratton: I know a whore when I see one. How much?
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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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Featured in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Love I Saw in You Is Just a Mirage
by Smokey Robinson (as W. Robinson) and Marvin Tarplin (as M. Tarplin)
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (as Smokey Robinson and The Miracles)
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Gere is terrific!
14 December 1998 | by MAX80See all my reviews

Enjoyable and different character study works better as a romance than as a thriller. Julian (Richard Gere) is a male prostitute who falls in love with one of his clients (Lauren Hutton, who is well-cast), the wife of a famous politician. About the same time, Julian realizes that he is being framed for a kiky S&M murder, and is wanted by the police. Hutton is the only one who can give him an alibi, but can't without putting her husband to shame.

Although the thriller element doesn't really work, the film still excels because of Richard Gere's wonderful performance. He creates a character that is intense and somewhat sleazy, yet amazingly vulnerable and naive. His performance (and the chemistry he shares with Hutton) holds the film together and makes it work. Gere created one of the most interesting chracters of the last two decades.


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