American Gigolo 1980

American Gigolo

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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.

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Julian (Richard Gere), a gigolo, commands high prices for his services, living a lavish if 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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Richard Gere
Julian Kaye
Lauren Hutton
Michelle Stratton
Héctor Elizondo
Detective Sunday
Brian Davies
Charles Stratton
K Callan
Lisa Williams
Tom Stewart
Mr. Rheiman
Patti Carr
Judy Rheiman
David Cryer
Lt. Curtis
Freddie Fields
Executive Producer
Giorgio Moroder
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John Bailey
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Critic Reviews for American Gigolo

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (8)

  • Richard Gere, the highly touted actor critics invariably defend as a talent in search of a script, proves that his method acting can't propel him through a bad script.

    April 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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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…

    Geoff Andrew

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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 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • American Gigolo is full of sophisticated contradictions. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Gigolo

  • 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.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • 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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