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)
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.
Nina Van Pallandt
(as Patti Carr)
(as MacDonald Carey)
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
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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.
A Stylish Morality Play
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.