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4.0 out of 5 stars 1980's = very bad for movies, 29 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: American Gigolo [1980] [DVD] (DVD)
Talented writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) sees Gere as a lonely man (Male Escort) trying to deal with both his own spinning moral compass and the hypocrisy of the society that's trying to tell him what to do for money. Gere is immaculately dressed; a stud for hire who services the wealthy women of Beverly Hills without ever allowing himself to be touched emotionally.

This is a thriller, but not an exciting one. The music of Blondie complements the film and gives it even more atmosphere. It needs it because the film drags along too much. The plot takes a few twists and turns as the film comes to its surprising conclusion, but one thing that's never made clear, or perhaps I wasn't paying attention, is where exactly Julian(Gere) was on the night of the murder. It's obvious that he's innocent, but where was he? He may have spent all or part of that night with the wealthy woman who, along with her husband, repudiates him, but I'm still not sure. One of the better thrillers of the 1980's even though it was a poor decade for movies.
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