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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 »

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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 first remake of a French Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave) film starring Richard Gere. The second time was Unfaithful (2002), a remake of fellow French New Wave director Claude Chabrol's film La Femme Infidèle (1969). See more »

Goofs

In the newspaper article that mentioned the death of a CHiP Officer, the text of the article has absolutely nothing to do with the headline. See more »

Quotes

Detective: "Don't F-U-C-K with the L.A.P.D."
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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 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 »

Connections

References Let's Make a Deal (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Final Sunset
Performed by Robert Fripp (as Fripp) and Brian Eno (as Eno)
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an underrated film; Kapriskie and Grere are excellent
10 January 2003 | by rk176See all my reviews

This is a good film which has been unfairly panned. The direction is excellent. Valerie Kapriskie does very well as Grere's love interest, and Grere himself, always willing to take an artistic risk, is superbly offbeat. The music is compelling and is used with genius, particulalry in the Santa Ana winds heat scene, where Kapriskie burns up the screen by simply slipping into a shoe. The chemistry between Kapriskie and Grere works. This should be a cult film.


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