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A botched attempt to remake Jean-Luc Godard's classic nouvelle vague entry, Á Bout de souffle, Breathless follows Jesse (Richard Gere), a fugitive wanted for the murder of a police officer. In the course of his flight from the law, he hitches up with a beautiful French college student (the stunning Valerie Kaprisky), and together the two attempt to escape to Mexico. From start to finish, Breathless places style over substance; the film is almost insufferably hip, although its hipness now seems more dated than a time capsule. More attention seems paid to wardrobe, set design and soundtrack than anything else, yet it lacks any of the stark visual impact the original managed to achieve. Gere is passable as the sociopathic killer (although he relies on shirtlessness to carry him through much of the film), but Kaprisky, though beautiful, demonstrates limited acting range.

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Richard Gere
as Jesse Lujack
Valérie Kaprisky
as Monica Poiccard
Art Metrano
as Birnbaum
John P. Ryan
as Lt. Parmental
Garry Goodrow
as Berrutti
Eugène Lourié
as Dr. Boudreaux
James Hong
as Grocer
Robert Dunn
as Sgt. Enright
Jack Leustig
as Highway Patrolman
Henry Sanders
as Man with pipe
Nora Gaye
as Vegas Girl
Andres Aybar
as Campus Aide
Isabelle Cooley
as Photographer
Javier Grajeda
as Boudreaux Aide
Robert Snively
as Dour Professor
Brien Varady
as College student
Keith Addis
as Vegas Sharpie #1 (uncredited)
Martin Erlichman
as Vegas Sharpie #2 (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Breathless

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

  • A wanton, playful film, belying the stated despair by its boiling energy.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I still don't understand why Mr. McBride and Mr. Carson elected to do the film but, considering the more obvious possible pitfalls, they could have done a lot worse. That is meant to be praise.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • The result is a stylistic exercise without any genuine human concerns we can identify with -- and yet, an exercise that does have a command of its style, is good-looking, fun to watch, and develops a certain morbid humor.

    Aug 12, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The attitudes on display are so distanced and derivative that the picture still seems to have no life or identity of its own.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • "Breathless" is both sexy and maddening in the best way.

    Apr 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A much better remake than its reputation implies

    Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Breathless

  • May 22, 2015
    My logical mind doesn't get what Monica sees in Jesse, but love isn't usually logical.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2011
    I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoy this version a lot more than John Luc Goddard's. I know this must seem like blasphemy to most, but this American counterpart is a lot more fun and worthwhile to me. I think the biggest improvement for me was Richard Gere taking the lead role. He's a great deal more likable and you actually care about him, rather than seeing him as an irredeemable asshole who kills random cops and has no respect for anyone but himself. I much prefer the Silver Surfer reading, Jerry Lee Lewis listening goofball. I'll be honest too, the color scheme in this movie is way too cool. Add that with some nice little changes from the original and it becomes a crazy blend of pop culture and a chase movie.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2010
    Richard Gere plays a great sociopath
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2007
    This remake of the classic French 1959 Godard film is very good drama, romance and a bit thriller. French actress Valerie Kaprisky is apparently the hottest in her debut English-language of USA movie.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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