American Gigolo

Director: Paul Schrader

Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina Van Pallandt, Bill Duke, Brian Davies, K Callan, Tom Stewart, Patricia Carr, David Crier, Carole Cook, Carol Bruce, Frances Bergen, Macdonald Carey, William Dozier, Peter Turgeon, Robert Wightman, Richard Derr, Jessica Potter

Julian Kay (Gere) is a charismatic young man and a master at the art of seduction. He is a lover for hire, a man whose company well-to-do women pay for, and who sees himself as a kind of sexual therapist. Julianís life of decadent leisure is disturbed by events that unfold after his chance meeting with attractive Michelle Stratton (Hutton), and when one of his more eccentric clients is found dead in Palm Springs. Julian visits Anne (Van Pallandt), the woman who taught him social graces, and who sets up his meetings with wealthy socialite customers. As Julian embarks on a liaison with Michelle, Police Detective Sunday (Elizondo) begins to question him about the Palm Springs murder. Julian met the murdered woman and her husband through a tryst arranged by Leon (Duke), a procurer and the operator of a sleazy Los Angeles club, but he cannot disclose details of his engagements to the Police. Julianís love affair with Michelle, a Senatorís wife, introduces him to her world of political events and privileged acquaintances. Detective Sundayís persisting inquiries drive Julianís clients away and make him realize that being the prime suspect in a murder case imperils his existence. As the Police tighten the noose, Julian launches his own investigation, questioning Leon and the murdered womanís husband. Julian realizes that he is being framed for the murder, and he must solve the crime or find a way to exonerate himself before Detective Sunday puts him away. Set in 1980ís southern California. Slick scenery, elegant costumes, music by Giorgio Moroder, and songs including Blondieís "Call Me" support the stylishly cosmopolitan feel of the film.


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