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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Mann originally worked on the screenplay but left the project to make The Keep (1983). See more »

Goofs

At the start, when Jesse is driving the stolen Porsche to L.A, he is seen taking off his jacket. the next shot is a shot from behind, which shows him with his jacket still on. In the shot after that, he is seen continuing to take off his jacket. 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 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

Caca De Vaca
Performed by Joe King Carrasco (as Joe 'King' Carrasco)
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Lurid fun and has aged well.
22 November 2005 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

Back in 1983, the remake of Jean-Luc Godard's "A Bout de Soufflé" was savagely attacked by critics. It was understandable at the time. Today, I'll bet many of the critics probably feel the film is much better compared to today's bottom feeder cinema (many of which top the box office).

Richard Gere's Jesse LuJack does the rare feat of being both repulsive and likable. Early in the film, you despise the reckless, cocky, S.O.B. of a criminal that he is but as the film wears on you suddenly find his character extremely appealing. Once you warm up with him, you realize how much fun Gere is having playing LuJack. His traipsing in L.A. becomes very entertaining in a video game sort of way. Singing to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, disrupting his girlfriend's exam, and his role as The Fugitive makes the film so compelling and fun to watch. He embodies coolness while being hip; which can be hard to do.

As for Valerie Kapinsky, I have seen some of her soft-core films from Europe and she is tremendously sexy. She has sex appeal and looks delicious in virtually every scene. Her acting here gave her an undeserved rap. She's supposed to be playing a French exchange student. I think she did the best job possible by playing herself. I would take Kaprinsky over some American actress faking a French accent. There could have been other French actresses out there that could have taken the part but she fit in perfectly for the role IMO. She probably didn't object to the nudity required.

The film also delivers some steamy situations. Making love in front of a huge screen showing an old movie (I think Judy Garland was in it) while being on the lam in L.A. just sounds so dreamy. Makes me want to do the same with my girl; only I won't have an arrest warrant on my head LOL!

So yes, the movie isn't a classic and it isn't Casablanca but the film is much, much better than the turkey it received in 1983. It's definitely worth seeing.

Interestingly enough, Jim McBride would later direct a biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1988 called "Great Balls Of Fire" so his interest in late 50's rockabilly was apparent here regarding the great soundtrack.


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