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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 ...
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Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina Van Pallandt, Bill Duke 2008 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 117 mins. Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1. ... Originally released: 1980. Julian Kay (Richard Gere) is a master at the art of seduction. He is an intelligent charismatic man who knows what women want. Him. As a lover-for-hire he's a man that priveleged women are compelled to pay for. His life of luxury capsizes when he embarks on a torrid affair with a Senator's wife (Lauren Hutton) and when one of his high-profile clients is murdered. Julian goes from Amirican Gigolo to prime suspect. As the police being to tighten the noose he finds himself alone unable to vindicate himself and unwilling to ruin the life of the only woman who hasn't abandoned him. In a film directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) Richard Gere sizzles in the role that made him a star. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/LOVE & ROMANCE Rating: R UPC: 097361378145 Manufacturer No: 137814 Read more Show Less

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • UPC: 097361378145
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Paul Schrader
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 --
1. Call Me [3:25]
2. Business Management [:15]
3. The International Language [6:54]
4. Palm Springs Trick [6:00]
5. Leon [:45]
6. Wardrobe [3:54]
7. Michelle [2:28]
8. Pre-Auction Viewing [:26]
9. From this Bed [2:04]
10. Detective Sunday [6:18]
11. Mrs. Charles Stratton [2:17]
12. Shoeshine [5:42]
13. In a Frame [4:50]
14. Our On a Limb [1:39]
15. Line-Up [5:35]
16. The Williams Mansion [4:37]
17. Followed [:59]
18. Country Club [3:14]
19. Probe [:43]
20. Garden Walk [2:51]
21. Apartment Search [4:11]
22. Jewels [:45]
23. Rented Car [2:32]
24. Perino's [2:43]
25. The Fall [:34]
26. Scandal [3:56]
27. "It's Taken so Long..." [4:21]
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Disc #1 --
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   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Surround
         English 5.1 Surround
         French Mono
      Subtitle Options
         English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
         Subtitles: None
   Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it

    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.

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