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American Gigolo (1980)

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A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

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Paul Schrader

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Paul Schrader
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Julian
Lauren Hutton ... Michelle
Hector Elizondo ... Sunday
Nina van Pallandt ... Anne (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Bill Duke ... Leon
Brian Davies ... Charles Stratton
K Callan ... Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart Tom Stewart ... Mr. Rheiman
Patricia Carr Patricia Carr ... Judy Rheiman (as Patti Carr)
David Cryer David Cryer ... Lt. Curtis
Carole Cook ... Mrs. Dobrun
Carol Bruce ... Mrs. Sloan
Frances Bergen ... Mrs. Laudner
Macdonald Carey ... Hollywood Actor (as MacDonald Carey)
William Dozier ... Michelle's Lawyer
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Storyline

Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

He's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish | French | German

Release Date:

1 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An American Gigolo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,559,930, 3 February 1980

Gross USA:

$22,743,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,743,674
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 18th June 1979 edition of 'Playgirl' magazine reported that star Christopher Reeve was offered the lead male role but turned it down. Reportedly, Reeve was offered a paycheck of US $1 million to play the part of Julian Kay which in the end was cast with Richard Gere. The same reported that Gere's salary on this picture was US $350,00 plus back-end percentage points from the picture's box-office profits. Earlier, when John Travolta was attached to star, the 18th January 1978 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times' had announced that Travolta would be starring in this film for a salary of US $2 million. See more »

Goofs

When Julian and Michelle are having a conversation at his apartment, he tells her about the Palm Springs murder he is being framed for. He tells her that it took place a couple of weeks ago. A short time later, she asks him when the murder took place, he tells her it was a week ago Tuesday. This is duplicated later on by Charles (The Senator) when he's talking to Julian, but the Tuesday part is omitted. See more »

Quotes

Julian Kaye: Why me? Why did you pick me?
Leon: Because you were framable. You've stepped on too many toes. Nobody ever cared about you. I never even liked you much myself.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 21 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

References The Warriors (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto in A Major (for Clarinet) K622
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Wolfgang A. Mozart)
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User Reviews

 
Excellent
23 June 2003 | by bsincSee all my reviews

I was under the impression that "American Gigolo" was one of those "cult" movies I never understood why so many people liked in the first place. But I was utterly surprised by the user rating of this movie and the fact that there are only a couple of comments. But the biggest surprise is I actually liked the movie, I found it extremely interesting and thought it had a great 80's feel to it. Richard Gere, who never really impressed me with anything, is in the role of his lifetime, playing his playboy role to perfection.

Director Paul Schrader made a smart movie that doesn't have to show everything in order for the viewer to know what happens and I liked it. The ending is very suitable and I especially love the last scene and Gere's last sentence which really touched me.

I didn't really understand the plot, but with Gere, a great score that manages to keep a single song interesting throughout the entire movie and great directing "American Gigolo" stands high above average and is one of the best movies of the eighties. 8/10


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