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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

Writer:

Paul Schrader
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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Hired for love. Framed for murder. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$23,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Christie originally was to play the role of the politician's wife when Richard Gere was first attached to the project, but she backed out when Gere was replaced by John Travolta. Travolta later dropped out and Gere was hired for the film, but Christie was not offered the role that was eventually played by Lauren Hutton. See more »

Goofs

At the hotel bar, when Julian and Michelle are talking, he is looking at her when she tells him that she used to travel a lot. In the next shot, when she tells him that her husband is involved in local politics, Julian is seen turning his head to look up at Michelle. See more »

Quotes

Julian Kaye: [begs to Leon] I'll do fag tricks. I'll do kink. I'll do anything you want me to do.
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Love and Passion
by Giorgio Moroder and Paul Schrader
Performed by Cheryl Barnes
Courtesy of Polydor Records
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A review: American Gigolo
21 July 2008 | by Chaves7777See all my reviews

American Gigolo (1980)

Directed by Paul Schrader

Starring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Bill Duke

Stylish and full of sense love story about Gere being a very sensual gigolo who gets involved in a murder. Schrader makes and obvious critic, not only of American high society life, is about loneliness and, at the end, change. The film is full of colors and sticky Giorgio Moroder score (Inclcuding Blondie's hit "Call Me"). Of course, it tries to be a thriller, but it really doesn't work like that. Is about Gere character, how he think, how he dress and how he smiles making a interesting character study as a study about the sordid and lost life of pleasures. Co-starring Lauren Hutton as a women searching for a new life.


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