American Gigolo

American Gigolo

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

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Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2017
UPC: 0032429284204
Original Release: 1980
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 17,564

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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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.