He's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 10, 2017
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- PCM Mono - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Gere & Lauren Hutton|
|Performer:||Hector Elizondo, Nina Van Pallandt, Bill Duke, Robert Wightman, K Callan, Brian Davies, Carole Cook, Frances Bergen, Carol Bruce & Richard Derr|
|Directed by||Paul Schrader|
|Edited by||Richard Halsey|
|Screenwriting by||Paul Schrader|
|Composition by||Giorgio Moroder|
|Produced by||Jerry Bruckheimer|
|Director of Photography:||John Bailey|
|Executive Production by||Freddie Fields|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"My God, it's taken me so long to come to you."
- Julian (Richard Gere) to Michelle (Lauren Hutton)
Rating: C+ -- Stylish but emotionally hollow, Paul Schrader's morality tale of a callboy (played by Richard Gere), offers some visual pleasures, including Armani's slick wardrobe. Full Review
Richard Gere, the highly touted actor critics invariably defend as a talent in search of a script, proves that his method acting can't propel him through a bad script. Full Review
...Gere [gives] a seductively low-key performance....One of his best films... -- Rating:B+
Schrader's development of the frame-up story is mechanically melodramatic, and Gere, essentially a boring actor, doesn't help much either. He just cannot carry a picture, even when his passivity and gentleness well serve some aspects of his character... Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The story becomes increasingly implausible as its thriller elements kick in, but the moving last shot achieves a sense of spiritual transcendence and grace rare in American movies. Full Review
Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside. Full Review
It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions. Full Review
Richard Gere is Julian Kay, a slick emotionally and spiritually deprived L.A. hustler in AMERICAN GIGOLO. While servicing an upscale clientele in the Hollywood area, he becomes involved with a rich senator's wife (Lauren Hutton), their relationship extending beyond Julian's normal encounters. Little does he know he is about to be framed for murder, forcing him to rely on alibis from Madame Anne (Nina Van Pallandt), a crooked pimp (Bill Duke), or the senator's wife herself. A stylishly sleazy look at moral decay and redemption, director Paul Schrader combines a European cinematic sensibility with his usual themes of moral drift and emotional alienation in this vivid portrait of early 1980s chic Hollywood decadence.
An escort for hire becomes framed for murder and needs his secret lover, wife of a noted politician, to provide his alibi.
- Theatrical Release: February 8, 1980.
- AMERICAN GIGOLO is very losely based on French director Robert Bresson's PICKPOCKET.
- The film was originally developed for John Travolta, who backed out of the project.
At the time of its released, much was made over Richard Gere's full-frontal nudity scene.
- The film catapulted the little-known Gere into stardom.
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