In writer-director Paul Schrader’s slick 1980 neo-noir, Richard Gere plays Julian Kaye, an aloof, Armani-clad escort servicing the wealthy women of Los Angeles. While sauntering around the pastel-hued halls of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Julian strikes the eye of a senator’s wife (Lauren Hutton), and the two begin a steamy affair. Things take a sinister turn, however, when the mysterious murder of one of his clients lands Julian on the wrong side of the law. Blending the cool detachment of Robert Bresson, with the heady excess of the disco era, American Gigolo is a film of beautiful surfaces, existential chasms and transcendental style.
Why You Should See This Film
From Gere's Giorgio Armani suits, to the Giorgio Moroder soundtrack featuring Blondie's iconic "Call Me", and the seductive Beverly Hills locations, the allure of American Gigolo is irresistible. While it’s hard to imagine anyone but Gere in the role (which cemented his leading-man status in Hollywood), he only landed the part after John Travolta dropped out.
- Year: 1980
- Rating: M
- Director: Paul Schrader
- Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton
- Duration: 117 minutes
- Language: English