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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

Nastassja Kinski was considered to play Monica Poiccard which in the end was cast with Valérie Kaprisky. See more »

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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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(What A) Wonderful World
Performed by Sam Cooke
(c) 1959, ABKCO Music, Inc.
Written by Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert and Lou Adler
RCA Records, Inc.
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Gere at his flamboyant best
25 August 2003 | by Bjorn (ODDBear)See all my reviews

Richard Gere is quite simply the whole show in Breathless. To this day, this remains his most flamboyant performance of them all. He's immoral, yet charming and by sheer enthusiasm you can't help but root for this tragic character. The story seems to be a mere excuse to showcase Gere's charisma and sex appeal and he carries this movie as far as it can go.

Although this is hardly groundbreaking stuff, director Jim McBride seems to be an ample filmmaker. The film is filled with nice location photography and some flashy angles here and there.

I also dug the music score, shame there's no soundtrack album available anywhere. I recommend this film to anyone. Probably seen it over 20 times and I never get tired of it. Granted, I am a Richard Gere fan, but I also think this movie is truly entertaining.


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