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Breathless (1983)

When Jesse Lujack steals a car in Las Vegas and drives down to LA, his criminal ways only escalate- but when will it end?

Director:

Jim McBride

Writers:

François Truffaut (story "A Bout De Souffle"), Jean-Luc Godard (screenplay "A Bout De Souffle") | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Jesse Lujack
Valérie Kaprisky ... Monica Poiccard
Art Metrano ... Birnbaum
John P. Ryan ... Lt. Parmental
William Tepper ... Paul
Robert Dunn Robert Dunn ... Sgt. Enright
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Tony Berrutti
Lisa Jane Persky ... Salesgirl (as Lisa Persky)
James Hong ... Grocer
Waldemar Kalinowski Waldemar Kalinowski ... Tomachoff
Jack Leustig Jack Leustig ... Highway Patrolman
Eugène Lourié Eugène Lourié ... Dr. Boudreaux (as Eugene Lourié)
Georg Olden Georg Olden ... Kid
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Carlito
Henry G. Sanders ... Man with Pipe
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Storyline

Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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He's the last man on earth any woman needs... and every woman wants.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin aliento See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,384,369, 15 May 1983

Gross USA:

$19,910,002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The residence was where Richard Gere steals the blue 1957 Thunderbird from is called the O'Neill house. It was built by O'Neill in 1978 and inspired by the work of Anton Gaudi. The house is located at 507 N Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The scene is of the back alley behind the house. See more »

Goofs

After Monica puts on the pink dress and climbs into Jesse's car, they take off. As they're driving, they zoom over a hill in the road, and they are viewed from the back. You can see that Monica's necklace has become unfastened. See more »

Quotes

Paul: You've heard of Frank Lloyd Wright? This is Frank Lloyd Wrong.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was uncut, the 1986 video release suffered 24 seconds of detailed edits to the scenes where Richard Gere breaks into and hot-wires a car, plus his breaking into 'Valerie Kaprisky''s flat using the lock pick. The cuts were fully restored in 2001 and the certificate downgraded to a "15". See more »

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Soundtracks

Message of Love
Written by Chrissie Hynde
Performed by The Pretenders
Al Gallico Music Corporation
Sire Records
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French film class
22 February 2005 | by CrashleyTeeSee all my reviews

Having watched the original, "A Bout de Soufflé", in my French film class, and then "Breathless" a week later, I was easily able to pick my favorite. While considered to be stylistically and aesthetically pivotal, Godard's film literally put me to sleep-- and I never fall asleep while watching new movies. McBride's "interpretation" was fantastic. Because it's about 20 years newer (and now 20 years old), I felt that I was able to jibe with it- its modernity was simpler for me to follow. The soundtrack was totally amazing- I believe there's some Heart and The Pretenders at some important scenes, which was definitely a selling point ;) I totally recommend "Breathless" and unlike my professor, I don't really think you have to watch "A Bout de Soufflé" first.


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