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American Gigolo


Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle…

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 6.0/10 (8,929 voted)

Paul Schrader

Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo

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.


Richard Gere


Lauren Hutton


Hector Elizondo


Nina Van Pallandt


Bill Duke


Brian Davies

Charles Stratton

K Callan

Lisa Williams

Tom Stewart

Mr. Rheiman

Patricia Carr

Judy Rheiman

(as Patti Carr)

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

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

Release Date: 8 February 1980

Filming Locations: 100 N Oakhurst Dr, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,800,000


Gross: $23,000,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


John Travolta turned down the lead role (which went to Richard Gere). Reportedly, one of the reasons Travolta turned it down was because he wanted final cut and director Paul Schrader would not give it to him. See also
An Officer and a Gentleman.


When Julian and Anne are talking on the beach, the positions of the sun and shadows on them change between shots, indicating that the shots were taken at different times.


Michelle Stratton:
How much?

User Review

A Stylish Morality Play

Rating: 7/10

Richard Gere is perfectly cast in the role of decadent but vulnerable male
gigolo cum prostitute who is framed for a murder he didn't commit. His
emotional entanglement with a married woman (Lauren Hutton) is believable,
but the film is above all a dissection of the emptiness of the kind of
stylish materialism which was to become such a hallmark of cosmopolitan
lifestyle in the 80's. Like many such morality tales, though, the
superficial attractiveness of the 'style' as a way of life is liable to
some to embrace rather than reject it as a way of bringing excitement into
their lives. In any event, a stylish piece of cinema.