American Gigolo

February 8th, 1980


American Gigolo

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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

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.

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


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.

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.

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.


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