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Fading Gigolo (2013)

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Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his "manager", the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.


John Turturro


John Turturro
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Fioravante
Woody Allen ... Murray
Vanessa Paradis ... Avigal
Liev Schreiber ... Dovi
Sharon Stone ... Dr. Parker
Sofía Vergara ... Selima
Abe Altman Abe Altman ... First Rabbi
Michael Badalucco ... Burly Driver
Bob Balaban ... Sol
M'Barka Ben Taleb ... Mimou
Teddy Bergman ... Yossi
Max Casella ... Guy at Counter
Loan Chabanol ... Loan
Isaiah Clifton Isaiah Clifton ... Cyrus
Jade Dixon Jade Dixon ... Cee Cee


Murray, the bankrupt owner of a bookstore, is forced to close his family business. His dermatologist, Dr. Parker, dreams of having a threesome and would pay a thousand dollars to have one with her friend Selima. Murray then proposes to his friend Fioravante that they start a male prostitution business, with Murray acting as the pimp. However, when Fioravante meets a Hasidic Jewish woman, Avigal, who is the widow of a rabbi, they fall in love with each other. But a Jewish neighborhood patrolman, Dovi, is in love with Avigal too, and might make life difficult for Fioravante and Murray. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The oldest profession just got older.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fading Gigolo See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$180,801, 20 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,763,973, 13 July 2014
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the few appearances by Woody Allen in a film not directed by him. See more »


[first lines]
Murray: My grandfather started the shop. My father had it. And now - I - have to - close it. This is the end of an era, my friend. Let me tell ya, now a days only rare people buy rare books.
Fioravante: We'll get back on our feet.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Le Torrent
Written by L. Carmi, C.A. Liman, Pierre Delanoë, Pierre Havet
Published by Music Union S.r.l. / Allegro Edizioni Musicali S.r.l., Milano (Italy)
Performed by Dalida
Courtesy of Barclay France
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An adult comedy romp through postmodern New York City
27 April 2014 | by steven-leibsonSee all my reviews

A cavalcade of top-shelf stars assemble to create a very funny, very New York comedy. John Turturro wrote and stars in this movie along with funny man sidekick Woody Allen playing the only role he can play, Woody Allen. The stars come out of the woodwork including Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, and a host of familiars. The setting is very New York and centers on a Hasidic community, a very sad and lonely Rabbi's widow played by French actress Vanessa Paradis, and an actual pseudo-police neighborhood watch group called the Williamsburg Shomrim. Tightly packed around this story's core are legions of lonely, beautiful New York women. And then there's the fuse that detonates this story: John Turturro, a flower seller and flower arranger turned gigolo by Woody Allen, who has had to go out of business as a rare book seller and, based on a casual remark by his dermatologist, finds pimping Turturro far, far more profitable.

There are hilarious scenes. There are touching scenes. There are sexy scenes. The movie's all over the map, in a very good way.

I found this to be a very funny, witty movie and a fine love story. It's an adult comedy romp through a postmodern New York City. If that sounds good to you, then this is your movie. If you feel there's no way to make fun of ultra-orthodox New York Hasidic Jews or are offended by strong-willed women who know what they want and are willing to pay to get it, then this movie probably isn't your cup of tea.

We saw this movie through the San Jose Camera Cinema Club.

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