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American Gigolo (1980)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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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

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May 23, 2000

Paramount Home Video

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Schrader's development of the frame-up story is mechanically melodramatic, and Gere, essentially a boring actor, doesn't help much either. He just cannot carry a picture, even when his passivity and gentleness well serve some aspects of his character...

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The whole movie has a winning sadness about it; take away the story's sensational aspects and what you have is a study in loneliness.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Stylish but emotionally hollow, Paul Schrader's morality tale of a callboy (played by Richard Gere), offers some visual pleasures, including Armani's slick wardrobe.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The story becomes increasingly implausible as its thriller elements kick in, but the moving last shot achieves a sense of spiritual transcendence and grace rare in American movies.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although the film rather loses its grip in the last two reels, this is, on the whole, an impressive piece of work.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Pure fantasy.

May 24, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

Turn off the sound and just enjoy the visuals.

October 2, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Slick, empty and far from sensual

July 9, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

American Gigolo explores the flashy career of a male hustler.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A trama policial é fraquíssima, e nem Schrader (também roteirista) sabe como lidar com ela, já que o ato final da história abusa de cenas episódicas em fade, só para amarrar o desfecho.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

While certainly not Schrader's best film as either a writer or director, it is still an interesting signpost of the early 1980s

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for American Gigolo

Paul Schrader's homage to Bresson's Pickpocket proves three things:

1) Being a good screenwriter doesn't automatically make you a good director.

2) Hector Elizondo was bald even when he was young.

3) Richard Gere cannot carry a film to save his life.
February 8, 2012
JonathanHutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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I think that American Gigalo is an underrated movie to say the least. Most people who do admit to being a fan of it say that it's just because they like Richard Gere in anything. Not only do I think this is a whole-heartedly good movie, it's way more conscious of its time period and atmosphere than pretty much everything else that it was released against. Sure we have some great criticisms of the 80s, made a full decade later. This judges contemporary lifestyles and even narrative expectations. It doesn't hurt that American Gigalo is a beautiful movie to look at; it makes all the content so much more digestible and even backs up the argument. This shows beautiful people doing bizarre things, having a shady moral code and getting away with murder (practically).
April 16, 2011
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

First of all, excellent cinematography and cool music (it was all based on Blondie's song call me). What I didn't like was the cast, they weren't that great, especially Gere. The best part was the end. Overall, it's a pretty good drama, but it really could have been better.
March 23, 2011
ajv2688

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Richard Gere is electrifying as the title role in this stylish, sexually charged drama film.
August 12, 2007
deano
Dean McKenna

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    1. Julian Kaye: Cheese please!
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