American Gigolo [Blu-ray] [1980]

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  • Release Date: 10/10/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 9)

Synopsis


American Gigolo
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 detective Sunday (Hector Elizondo) doesn't believe the gigolo's denials. The one person who can help him is frustrated politician's wife (and sole non-paying bedmate) Michelle (Lauren Hutton), if only Julian could let down his defenses and accept her gesture of love. Mixing his admiration for European art cinema with a voyeuristic view of the seamier side of sex and affluence, Schrader renders Julian an inscrutable, emotionally disengaged purveyor of pleasure, decked out in Giorgio Armani clothes coordinated with Ferdinando Scarfiotti's meticulous production design. Amid critical doubts about its artiness and distanced eroticism, American Gigolo surprised everyone by not dying on the box office vine. With some audiences reportedly showing up for repeat viewings of Gere's seductive charms, it became a moderate hit, turning Gere into a star and Armani into the new fashion sensation. Whatever reservations one may have about the movie, it provided two indelible images of 1980s decadence to come: Gere's perusing his "artist's palette" of shirts, ties, and jackets, and Gere's cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in his convertible to the New Wave strains of Blondie's "Call Me". ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Gere
    Richard Gere - Julian Kaye
  • Lauren Hutton
    Lauren Hutton - Michelle Stratton
  • Hector Elizondo
    Hector Elizondo - Detective Sunday
  • Nina Van Pallandt
    Nina Van Pallandt - Anne
  • Bill Duke
    Bill Duke - Leon Jaimes



Overall customer rating

4.8
89%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMERICAN GIGOLO

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    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    American Gigolo is surely one of the most underrated movies of all times. It's a very good movie, in my opinion second best of Paul Schrader's films, right after "Mishima - Life in four chapters", and I never understood why it got all the bad reviews. First of all it's one of the most stylish films I've ever seen, with fascinating scenes from start to finish, vibrant colors and beautiful sets and exterior shots. Paul Schrader, apart from being a great scriptwriter is also the master of photography, maybe the best in modern Hollywood. American Gigolo is a phenomenal character study too, struggle of a lonely man against the society he doesn't belong to, and in which he was artificially implanted by becoming something he's not. Michelle (Lauren Hutton) succeeds in bringing out the true Julian Kay, and their relationship on screen is very close and direct, although it maybe doesn't seem so, probably because both of the actors appear cold and distant, but that's just the result of the world they're living in. Both their lives are fake, and the only time they are real is with one another. The love scene between Julian and Michelle is one of the best in history of the cinema, it tells so much without showing much. Paul Schrader is one of my favorite directors, but that's only a small fraction of why I'm giving this movie

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Richard Gere.... at his prime

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    BearCub1970
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    There are 3 Richard Gere movies that I remember watching growing up....BREATHLESS, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN and AMERICAN GIGOLO!! AG was out of stock last time... but when I saw it was back.. I had to get it!! Great movie. Picture is great. A must have for Richard Gere fans!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie!

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    enzso
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    This movie is so incredible, Richard Gere was born to play this part! He is so irresistible here, plus throw in a murder mystery and you've got a really interesting film. It's a very "80s" film too, that's one of the coolest things about it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Film

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    Pooky2011
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    Character driven film. Subtle camera shots and movement add to the overall development of the lead character. This is a great film. Check out The Walker as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    American Gigolo DVD

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    Graduate
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    One of my favorite movies of all time. Richard Gere is one of my favorite actors. Great movie to add to your library.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    Juleo
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    this movie is awesome seen it many years ago and it's great especially in Blu-ray

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Richard Gere classic

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    BestBuyFan
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    His breakthrough performance from 1980. Blu-ray transfer looks nice too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT

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    rick2hot
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    Richard Gere was born to play this part. Great movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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