There is a pervasive heat to the film that seems to color the corners of every shot, lingering like a soft haze as we peer into the lives of the affecting characters in this seedy story. High-priced male escort Julian Kaye Richard Gere is a favorite in the business and the women he sleeps with all pay top dollar for his companionship. For better or worse, it has made him self-centered, narcissistic, and of a very particular taste in clothes, food, cars, and lifestyle. One evening, after a night with an older widow, he meets Michelle Stratton Lauren Hutton , a woman married to a powerful politician, in a hotel bar. She expresses interest and he likewise and they begin to explore some shared feelings.
As their affair heats up he finds himself in danger and suspected of murder. Richard Gere finds himself in various stages of undress in this movie. He goes shirtless in a number of scenes and wears some sexy clothes. During his primary nude scene, Richard lets it all hang out.
How American Gigolo flipped Hollywood sexism on its head
American Gigolo. Paul Schrader min. X Certificate. Review Our Score. Richard Gere romped his way to stardom in this glossy and controversial for its time story of a Los Angeles stud who services the bored wives of Beverly Hills.
And what an introduction. Julian spends a lot of time taking care of his appearance and enjoys the attention that preparation brings. Considering the depressing debates that Instagram selfies still spark today, it is incredibly refreshing to see a film made 36 years ago which does not condemn male narcissism. He is always the best dressed man in the room for obvious reasons.