almost 4 years
Bet you didn't think Blondie's Call Me could be remixed 50 times into an entire soundtrack
A little too smooth at times when some grit could've helped.Gere goes from bland to boring
over 6 years
Very watchable, but a little too austere to be great
American Gigolo is a 1980 crime drama film, written and directed by Paul Schrader. It is informally considered the second installment in his "lonely man" trilogy, following the Martin Scorsese directed Taxi Driver (1976) and preceding Light Sleeper (1992).
Julian Kaye (Richard Gere) is a male prostitute in Los Angeles whose job supports his expensive taste in cars, stereophonic equipment, and clothes. He is, at times, blatantly narcissistic and superficial; however, he claims to take some pleasure in his work from being able to sexually satisfy women.
When on an assignment for his primary procuress, Anne (Nina Van Pallandt), he meets Michelle Stratton (Lauren Hutton), the unhappy wife of a local politician, who becomes interested in him. Julian's other pimp, Leon (Bill Duke), sends him to the house of a financier, Mr. Rheiman, who asks Julian to physically abuse and copulate with his wife while he watches them.
As Julian begins to get to know Michelle, he learns that the financier's...