- Julian (Richard Gere) to Michelle (Lauren Hutton)
Entertainment Weekly - 10/18/1996
"...Gere [gives] a seductively low-key performance....One of his best films..." -- Rating:B+
Variety - 01/30/1980
"...A hot subject....A cool style....Gere is notably convincing in look and manner..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Julian Kay is on the prowl and looking for someone to please. Boyish and sensual, he speaks five or six languages, and is equally comfortable as a chauffeur for a wealthy middle-aged matron, and as a translator/companion for the lonely wife of an executive. He is the American Gigolo. But Julian's love-for-sale lifestyle turns deadly when a client is murdered and Julian becomes the prime suspect. Richard Gere is electrifying as Julian in this stylish, sexually charged drama from Paul Schrader (Light Sleeper, Cat People).
Richard Gere is Julian Kay, a slick emotionally and spiritually deprived L.A. hustler in AMERICAN GIGOLO. While servicing an upscale clientele in the Hollywood area, he becomes involved with a rich senator's wife (Lauren Hutton), their relationship extending beyond Julian's normal encounters. Little does he know he is about to be framed for murder, forcing him to rely on alibis from Madame Anne (Nina Van Pallandt), a crooked pimp (Bill Duke), or the senator's wife herself. A stylishly sleazy look at moral decay and redemption, director Paul Schrader combines a European cinematic sensibility with his usual themes of moral drift and emotional alienation in this vivid portrait of early 1980s chic Hollywood decadence.
An escort for hire becomes framed for murder and needs his secret lover, wife of a noted politician, to provide his alibi.