All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him.
Growing up, I always thought Venetian blinds where the height of sleazy sophistication, and I'm pretty sure this film is to thank for introducing the trend. This film is incredible, stylistically. Giorgio Moroder's score is a thing of beauty, oozing opulence and decadence and offering a backdrop for the seedier side of night-time Los Angeles. I would steal Lauren Hutton's wardrobe in an instance, and - let's face it - perhaps even Richard Gere's.
The film looks and sounds amazing, and the first 45 minutes are thoroughly enjoyable, but once the murder plot sets it, the film becomes a terrible caricature. Is it supposed to be suspenseful? The film is casually homophobic and misogynist, and there is little attention for…
There is quite a bit I do not know about "American Gigolo." For one thing, I can't tell if the film is misogynistic and homophobic, or just so melodramatic that all of its characters seem a bit like caricatures. I also can't quite tell if the film is legitimately well made, or just so strange that I can't help but become absorbed by it. But one thing is for sure: I was never bored by this movie.
Fueled with a synth score that may feel awfully out of place but is pretty damn good, "American Gigolo" is a moody piece of melodrama fueled by surprisingly decent lead performances. Many of the supporting players do a bad job here, but Richard…
American Gigolo is another of Paul Schrader's "God's lonely man" films. His quartet being Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Light Sleeper and The Walker. They are a fascinating set of films, as much for their flaws, as for their successes. They are character studies of opaque, egotistical demons, increasingly pathetic and less dangerous with age. They mirror Schrader himself, and his own career. American Gigolo is the second of quartet and the first directed by Schrader. The film is built around two magnetic aspects, Richard Gere's preening, marvellous central performance and Giorgio Moroder propulsive and unbeatable score. People went crazy for Nightcrawler last year (a weak, overcooked faux-satire almost rescued by an unblinking Gyllenhaal) however the whole film and more is…
Almost a forgotten masterpiece.
Until the final 15 minutes of this movie I was thinking that I rediscovered a 1980’s film that was under-appreciated and possibly lost in the drudgery that was 80’s cinema. Then the ending derailed the movie enough that I am tempted to give it a negative review.
Written and directed by Paul Schrader, who also wrote classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Last Temptation of Christ as well as directing Auto Focus and Affliction, this movie depicts the life of a high class male escort living in L.A. in the early 80’s. The movie’s plot focuses on a murder that the protagonist, Julien as played perfectly by a young and sexy Richard Gere, is…
Richard Gere > Rob Schneider
Whereas Schrader's previous two films "Blue Collar and "Hardcore" feel extremely 70's in their griminess, "Gigolo" steps up the style exponentially basically serving as the blueprint for endless films, music videos and especially advertising in all of it's surface level polish and sleekness. Sexy camera movements, good looking people, expensive things this is the kind of movie that makes you want to do a bunch of cocaine and spend money, that is until the money runs out and your ass gets framed for some weird murder...
This was a part that was shopped around to a number of actors including John Travolta and Sylvester Stallone (!) but really Gere is the only one who could pull this role off. Never…
All time Classic
About 40 minutes in you can see Richard Gere's willy.
Golden Globes, USA - Nomination:
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Best Original Song - Motion Picture (For the song "Call Me")
This makes the 3rd high profile penis I've seen in the last few weeks. First, Tom Cruise's youthful cock in "All The Right Moves", then David Bowie's infamous bulge was revealed multiple times during "The Man Who Fell To Earth", and just now I was pleasantly surprised to see Richard Gere's peepee in this sensual thriller.
I need to stop watching films based on the assumption that they are the 'male version' of other films. American Gigolo is not the 'male version of Pretty Woman. It did however give me Drive vibes for absolutely no reason other than it's a bit stylish and electro sounding.
Not a great deal happens in this until the whole murder plot business, and even then it's all a bit 'meh' and pointless. Richard Gere is pretty though, he looks excellent in a suit and there was a yellow skirt (not worn by Gere) that I am now obsessed with.
Disappointing. But an extra half star for style and being iconic.
Hard to make well to do characters interesting.
The film has a unique tone that's very cool and subdued. Richard Gere drives from one place to another talking with various characters and everything always feels relaxed, laid-back, suave, even when the scenes involve a murder mystery. This tone is fitting to the character Richard Gere plays, but removes any stakes or tension the story could have had. The murder mystery is engaging but not suspenseful, and due to the cold, quiet tone, virtually no emotion comes through in the film. This could have worked fine, but Schrader chose to end the film on an emotional note, which didn't land because neither of the two characters' emotional arcs worked due to the tone and the fact that they were…
Gere is excellent in this movie with a nice 80's atmosphere.
Lauren Hutton is special.
I like the sequence where Gere stops at a theatre where a poster hangs on the wall...........The Warriors!!
This movie could be less good but the director is Paul Shrader and he is famous for his good work.
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