American Gigolo

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Time Out says

Fascinating but botched attempt to update and translate Bresson's Pickpocket to contemporary California. Gere is the highly paid gigolo who finds himself suspected of murdering one of the women he has serviced; Hutton the rich, married woman who falls for him. Part thriller, part portrait of American malaise, it finally comes to focus on Gere's inability to get in touch with his own feelings, and therein lies the Bressonian theme of redemption. Unfortunately, the film is so determinedly stylish (Gere's costumes, Giorgio Moroder's soundtrack, John Bailey's noir-inflected camerawork), and the performances generally so vacuous (only Elizondo's detective really breathes), that it all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions.
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Release details

UK release:

1980

Duration:

117 mins

Cast and crew

Editor:

Richard Halsey

Art Director:

Ed Richardson

Cinematography:

John Bailey

Cast:

Richard Gere, Bill Duke, Brian Davies, Nina Van Pallandt, Hector Elizondo, Lauren Hutton

Director:

Paul Schrader

Music:

Giorgio Moroder

Producer:

Jerry Bruckheimer

Screenwriter:

Paul Schrader

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