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      American Gigolo

      R Released Feb 8, 1980 1h 57m Drama List
      72% Tomatometer 29 Reviews 51% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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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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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) Stylish and deliberately alienating, the film took its lead from European arthouse rather than Hollywood. May 24, 2023 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker Schrader films the action with a glossy, gliding precision, orchestrating the complications and controlling the tempo while sustaining the lurid mood with the glow of neon color and with high design—of architecture, furnishings, and clothing. May 15, 2023 Full Review Michael Blowen Boston Globe 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. Apr 28, 2018 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …strips back the glamour from Julian Kay’s designer lifestyle and lays bare some real drama… Rated: 5/5 Apr 10, 2023 Full Review Tom Huhn Washington Blade If it had gone further and allowed the changes in the character of the protagonist to become fully fleshed, American Gigolo could have been quite remarkable. As it is, the film is merely worthwhile. May 24, 2022 Full Review Ángel S. Harguindey El Pais (Spain) American Gigolo is full of sophisticated contradictions. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 14, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      W. W. W the story itself is uninteresting except its title. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/27/23 Full Review pierce k This movie was awesome i loved it i'll give it 5 stars. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/23/23 Full Review Taylor L There are four or five different versions of Blondie's 'Call Me' in this film, I'm pretty sure one was played on a pipe organ in a Gothic cathedral for some reason. For a movie that established Richard Gere as a leading man and a sex symbol of the '80s, American Gigolo feels strangely detached. It's a bit more of a daring design than erotic thrillers had been willing to entertain before, with Gere (unsurprisingly) playing a gigolo to a group of scandalous older women, and even male nudity from its protagonist. But it just doesn't convey that shocking edge of the erotic angle, though it does deliver a bit of the paranoia that defined the decade prior with the films of Alan J. Pakula, albeit stretched thin across a noir framework. It's got style but doesn't make your pulse pick up either with the sex or with the murder. Gere always portrays relatively muted characters and this is no different; a bit of animation in the small moments, instead of the emotional outbursts on paper, would have picked the film up quite a bit as he frantically runs around trying to piece together a frame-up job in the seedy underbelly of sex work. Instead, if there's a standout performance it's Bill Duke as a calm pimp, someone who knows more than he lets on. Slow-burn thrillers can work, but American Gigolo doesn't have enough suspense to keep the atmosphere thick and heavy. (3/5) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review steve d I like Richard Gere a lot but there isn't a lot here. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Rosana B Surpreende positivamente, com essa tradução pensei se tratar de uma comédia – pastelão, ledo engano, um suspense dramático, que debatem inclusive o prazer feminino na terceira idade, Richard Gere lindo, perfeito, no auge da sua forma física, interessante como desde novinho e apesar de gostoso, eu já o via como um senhor de meia-idade... Uma boa trama, simples, conveniente e envolvente... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/25/22 Full Review Lisa L I always loved this movie back in the day even though I was too young but still naughty enough to go see it. I was sort of obsessed with it loving the name Julian, wanting to live out in California and listening to Blondie on PCH with my top down. This new one brings back a lot of nice memories and I appreciate the acting and willingness to keep it fresh but also centered on the crucial details. I'll give it 5 stars for sure! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/14/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Paul Schrader
      Producer
      Jerry Bruckheimer
      Screenwriter
      Paul Schrader
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 8, 1980, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 57m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby
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