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656 Ratings

American Gigolo

Directed by Paul Schrader
United States, 1980
Drama, Crime, Mystery


Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. 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.

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American Gigolo Directed by Paul Schrader

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1981 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Critics reviews

Long before the crime plot was to lead Julian to lose all his friends, she had already realised that he was all alone; that he had already worked himself into a more metaphorical corner than a prison cell. Only then, after he has lost everything that had no value in the first instance, does Julian realise that love isn’t merely a distraction but something he had always needed. It’s a melancholy and poignant ending to a film that is rich with superficial pleasures.
November 14, 2016
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A film that’s long been considered more iconic than particularly good, it’s a slick, fashionably beige murder mystery that’s Cruising’s aesthetic opposite in almost every way: it’s brightly lit where the former was murky and demonic, a Los Angeles daydream rather than a New York nightmare, an aphrodisiac instead of an atrocity.
September 04, 2012
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