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The Escort ()

Mauvaise passe (original title)
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A London gigolo persuades an impoverished French writer to join his profession.

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Pierre
Julie Wilson Nimmo ...
Girl in Soho (as Julie Wilson-Nimmo)
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Evita the Hostess
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Hostess 2
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Bouncer
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Tom
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Harry - Tom's Cafe
Ben Drake ...
Maitre d'hotel
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Customer in Cafe
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Ann
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Liz (as Sarah Jane-Potts)
Alec Birkbeck ...
Willy
Rose English ...
Ann's Mother
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Ann's Father
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Gem
Simon Gregor ...
Hotel Manager
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Steffy
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Bellboy
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Hotel Concierge
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Marco (as Peter Hugo-Daly)
Siobhan Burke ...
Cindy
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Jay
Liza Walker ...
Kim
Stanislas Forlani ...
Nicolas - Pierre's Son (as Stanislas Crevillen)
Joey Koonsumbat ...
Thai Waiter
Tam Dean Burn ...
Naked Husband
Marie-France Santon ...
Paris Estate Agent
Béatrice Agenin ...
Catherine - Pierre's Wife
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Patricia
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Jessica
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Jessica's Husband
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Sue
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Linda
Dan MacMillan ...
Host at Country House
Leah Fitzgerald ...
Kate - Kim's Daughter
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Kim's Mother
Annabel Brooks ...
Annie
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Maureen
Anne White ...
Louise
Alex McSweeney ...
Taxi driver
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Patricia's Husband
Suzanne Burden ...
FT Lady at Underground
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Pierre's Father
Alexander Hanson ...
Publisher
Hannah Lockerman ...
Publisher's Wife
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Fashion Designer (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michel Blanc

Written by

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Michel Blanc ... (dialogue)
 
Michel Blanc ... (screenplay)
 
Hanif Kureishi ... (writer)
 
Nick Love ... (adaptation)

Produced by

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Claude Berri ... producer
Romain Brémond ... associate producer
Timothy Burrill ... co-producer
Sally French ... line producer
Pierre Grunstein ... executive producer
Annabel Karouby ... executive producer

Music by

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Barry Adamson

Cinematography by

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Barry Ackroyd

Film Editing by

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Maryline Monthieux

Editorial Department

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Virginie Bruant ... assistant editor
Simon Njoo ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jina Jay

Production Design by

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Gary Williamson

Art Direction by

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John Hill

Set Decoration by

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Cathy Cosgrove
Gary Williamson

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Ralph Wheeler-Holes ... (as Ralph Holes)

Makeup Department

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Fae Hammond ... hair designer / makeup designer
Joël Lavau ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Tracey Lee ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Becky Jones ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Hewitt ... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey ... assistant director
Toby Sherborne ... assistant director

Art Department

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Steve Bohan ... construction manager
Peter Brown ... carpenter
Gary Crosby ... head painter
Mark Geeson ... paint trainee
Emma MacDevitt ... stand-by art director
Tom Martin ... hod carpenter (as Thomas Martin)
Danny O'Regan Jr. ... stand-by carpenter

Sound Department

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Yannick Boulot ... sound recordist
Nicolas Cantin ... boom operator
Bruno Charier ... sound
Edouard d'Heucqueville ... sound mix technician
Michel Filippi ... adr supervisor
Jean Goudier ... sound
Dominique Hennequin ... re-recording mixer
Joël Rangon ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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Mark Holt ... special effects technician
John Markwell ... special effects technician
Rob Rollinson ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Frederic Moreau ... visual effects

Stunts

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Jim Dowdall ... stunt coordinator
Paul Heasman ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pat Garrett ... key grip
Kareem La Vaullée ... Steadicam operator
Gary Parnham ... additional electrician
Brian Taylor ... grip
Lee Walters ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Shaheen Baig ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tess Hammami ... costumer
Laura Johnson ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Giles Edleston ... assistant location manager

Script and Continuity Department

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Susanna Lenton ... script supervisor
Billy MacKinnon ... script editor

Additional Crew

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Sylvie Coen ... legal counsel
Claude Fenioux ... financial controller
Segolene Fleury-Slimane ... production accountant
Rachel James ... production accountant
Sarah Kaye ... assistant accountant
Paul Mortimer ... unit paramedic
Donald Sabourin ... assistant production coordinator

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Writer-director Michel Blanc, whose previous works include the acclaimed Marche à l'ombre (1984) and Dead Tired (1994), creates this gritty drama about a middle-aged impoverished French writer in London who becomes a gigolo. The film opens with Pierre (Daniel Auteuil) getting worked over by an irate pimp because he didn't pay for a hooker's drink. Rakish Irishman Tom (Stuart Townsend) offers to drive bloodied Pierre back to his seedy hotel. The following day, he stumbles upon Tom's sandwich bar and begs for a job. Though he describes himself as a dead-broke author working on a novel, Pierre is concealing secrets from his dark past. Later, during a party populated with well-turned out lesbians, Tom reveals that he moonlights as a gigolo and suggests that Pierre might try the same. Soon Pierre is making easy money at the same agency where Tom works. Things get complicated for our Gallic protagonist when he falls for a golden-hearted streetwalker with a psychotic ex-boyfriend and one of his married regulars falls for him. Told with wry wit and gritty honesty, this film explores London's dark sexual netherworld.

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Taglines He'll be your friend, he'll be your lover, but it's strictly by the hour. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Escort (United Kingdom)
  • The Escort (World-wide, English title)
  • The Escort (Canada, English title)
  • The Escort (United States)
  • Жиголото (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Lourdes Faberes's debut. See more »
Goofs After Pierre is beaten up, he says that he is badly bruised, but when we see him soon afterwards wearing only a towel, there is no sign of bruising. See more »

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