American Gigolo

American Gigolo

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Director: Paul Schrader

Cast: Paul Schrader, Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo

     
 

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A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader's ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills' swankiest establishments, and a stable of rich, older female clients. But it all falls apart after he does a favor for his former…  See more details below

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A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader's ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills' swankiest establishments, and a stable of rich, older female clients. But it all falls apart after he does a favor for his former pimp (Bill Duke) and the trick turns up dead a short while later; Julian's actual client won't give him an alibi, and police detective Sunday (Hector Elizondo) doesn't believe the gigolo's denials. The one person who can help him is frustrated politician's wife (and sole non-paying bedmate) Michelle (Lauren Hutton), if only Julian could let down his defenses and accept her gesture of love. Mixing his admiration for European art cinema with a voyeuristic view of the seamier side of sex and affluence, Schrader renders Julian an inscrutable, emotionally disengaged purveyor of pleasure, decked out in Giorgio Armani clothes coordinated with Ferdinando Scarfiotti's meticulous production design. Amid critical doubts about its artiness and distanced eroticism, American Gigolo surprised everyone by not dying on the box office vine. With some audiences reportedly showing up for repeat viewings of Gere's seductive charms, it became a moderate hit, turning Gere into a star and Armani into the new fashion sensation. Whatever reservations one may have about the movie, it provided two indelible images of 1980s decadence to come: Gere's perusing his "artist's palette" of shirts, ties, and jackets, and Gere's cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in his convertible to the New Wave strains of Blondie's "Call Me."

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In retrospect, Paul Schrader's paean to perms, pimps, and playboy peccadillos seems like the first instant of the 1980s. Even while the subject matter remains steeped in a depraved '70s milieu, Richard Gere practices the kind of casual materialism and wears the kind of pastel Miami Vice fashion that confirms the arrival of that decade. The result is a zeitgeist film balancing on a tight rope between one world of underground lairs and street hustles, and another of high-priced hotels and sprawling swimming pools. Even when Julian struts and strides, confidently burning bridges and flaunting his business acumen, all the while enjoying the fruits of his labors, the sword of Damocles is visible over his head. He's ready for the free enterprise of the 1980s, but the debts of the 1970s hold him back -- in more ways than he anticipated. Always good at documenting seedy underbellies, Schrader continued in that vein two years after writing Taxi Driver (and two years before Raging Bull), even if his agenda sometimes softens to lukewarmness, especially in the unfulfilling finish. This film also announced Gere as a handsome new star to be reckoned with, worth more than John Travolta's sloppy seconds. The other lingering impression is the genial malevolence of the pimp created by character actor Bill Duke; his is a simmering presence. American Gigolo is one of the best-known early efforts from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and one of the last not to make a serious chunk of change at the box office.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303786
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
6,064

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Julian Kaye
Lauren Hutton Michelle Stratton
Hector Elizondo Detective Sunday
Nina Van Pallandt Anne
Bill Duke Leon Jaimes
Brian Davies Charles Stratton
K Callan Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart Mr. Rheiman
Patti Carr Judy Rheiman
David Cryer Lt. Curtis
Carole Cook Mrs. Dobrun
Carol Bruce Mrs. Sloan
Frances Bergen Mrs. Laudner
MacDonald Carey Hollywood Actor
William Dozier Michelle's Lawyer
Peter Turgeon Julian's Lawyer
Robert Wightman Floyd Wicker
Richard Derr Mr. Williams
Jessica Potter Jill
Vic Ramos Actor
Paul Schrader Actor
Gordon Haight Blond Boy
Frank Pesce Suspect #4
Harry Davis Park Bernet Representative
Maggie Jean Smith Girl at Daisy
James Currie Bartender Cocktail Lounge
Kopi Sotiropulos Reporter
Ron Cummins Reporter

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director,Screenwriter
John Bailey Cinematographer
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Mark Fabus Set Decoration/Design
Freddie Fields Executive Producer
George P. Gaines Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Richard Halsey Editor
Giorgio Moroder Score Composer
Vic Ramos Casting
Ed Richardson Art Director
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Production Designer
Barry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Gigolo
1. Chapter 1 [3:25]
2. Chapter 2 [:15]
3. Chapter 3 [6:54]
4. Chapter 4 [6:00]
5. Chapter 5 [:45]
6. Chapter 6 [3:54]
7. Chapter 7 [2:28]
8. Chapter 8 [:26]
9. Chapter 9 [2:04]
10. Chapter 10 [6:18]
11. Chapter 11 [2:17]
12. Chapter 12 [5:42]
13. Chapter 13 [4:50]
14. Chapter 14 [1:39]
15. Chapter 15 [5:35]
16. Chapter 16 [4:37]
17. Chapter 17 [:59]
18. Chapter 18 [3:14]
19. Chapter 19 [:43]
20. Chapter 20 [2:51]
21. Chapter 21 [4:11]
22. Chapter 22 [:45]
23. Chapter 23 [2:32]
24. Chapter 24 [2:43]
25. Chapter 25 [:34]
26. Chapter 26 [3:56]
27. Chapter 27 [4:21]
28. Chapter 28 [2:53]
29. Chapter 29 [3:15]
30. Chapter 30 [2:14]
31. Chapter 31 [2:30]
32. Chapter 32 [5:18]
33. Chapter 33 [6:38]
34. Chapter 34 [:36]
35. Chapter 35 [3:58]
36. Chapter 36 [2:23]
37. Chapter 37 [2:30]

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American Gigolo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am biased, because anything with Richard Gere is a hit in my book. I loved the movie. Richard Gere has such sex appeal, Richard and Lauren Hutton clicked in this movie. I wish there were more movies with the pair.