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American Gigolo

Plot

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)

Director:
Paul Schrader

Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo

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.

Cast:

Richard Gere

Julian


Lauren Hutton

Michelle


Hector Elizondo

Sunday


Nina Van Pallandt

Anne


Bill Duke

Leon


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

Taglines:
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

(estimated)

Gross: $23,000,000
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

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.

Goofs:

Continuity:
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.

Quotes:

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
lead
some to embrace rather than reject it as a way of bringing excitement into
their lives. In any event, a stylish piece of cinema.