American Gigolo

1980, Drama, 1h 57m

26 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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While Paul Schrader's clinical direction and Richard Gere's muted performance don't stir much passion, American Gigolo succeeds as a stylish character study. Read critic reviews

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Julian (Richard Gere), a gigolo, commands high prices for his services, living a lavish and emotionally unattached lifestyle under the management of Anne (Nina van Pallandt). While secretly working for pimp Leon (Bill Duke), Julian is assigned to service Mr. Rheiman (Tom Stewart) and his wife, Judy (Patti Carr), but leaves when their violent requests make him nervous. When Mrs. Rheiman is found dead and no one is willing to testify on his behalf, Julian finds himself the primary suspect.

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  • Feb 08, 2012
    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.
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  • Nov 24, 2011
    'American Gigolo' is yet another gritty story from Paul Schrader about loneliness this time around making the unfortunate decision to cast Richard Gere, who has a dead screen presence and is vapid as an actor. Travis Bickle as LA prositute, essentially, it's not a huge leap of logic to see the connections between Travis and Julian, both forlorn characters in a world of ugliness. In some respects this can be seen as a problem but then one would have to discredit every Chaplin movie where he plays the tramp, or Woody Allen playing a neurotic. It's Schrader's schtick, often an erudite creation, which is a useful tool for many reasons obvious in 'Taxi Driver' and less so in 'American Gigolo'. So yes, 'American Gigolo' is a fascinating character study but I cannot help but wonder how it would have turned out with a different actor.
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  • Mar 23, 2011
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2011
    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).
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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