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Breathless [VHS]

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P. Ryan, William Tepper
  • Directors: Jim McBride
  • Writers: Jim McBride, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, L.M. Kit Carson
  • Producers: Keith Addis, Martin Erlichman
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 10 July 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TIUF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On the run after killing a cop, small-time crook Jesse Lujack (Richard Gere) teams up with Monica (Valerie Kaprisky), a French architectural student he encounters in Las Vegas. Tempting Monica with the offer of a trip to Mexico, Jesse takes her along for the ride, but it isn't long before his criminal activities catch up with them both. Jim McBride directs this remake of Jean-Luc Godard's 'A Bout de Souffle'.

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Breathless, Jim McBride's 1983 remake of Au Bout de Souffle rewrites Godard's existential hipster as a vain, style-obsessed hood and in the process loses some of the point. Godard's hero was a translation and productive misunderstanding of a quintessentially American sort of delinquent; because it is a retranslation, Gere's intelligent, nervy performance as Jesse Lujack suffers by comparison, however admirable it is taken in itself. McBride's direction strokes Gere's face and body lovingly--his every foxy smile, or glance at himself in a mirror, is played for passionate significance. This is also a good-looking film: the back alleys of LA and sunset over the Mojave desert have rarely looked as good. Valerie Kaprisky's Monica is inevitably given secondary importance; the decision to make the woman who goes along with Jesse's wild final ride on a whim an exchange student makes her at once more and less like her equivalent in the Godard--she has a touching exoticism that is at the same time somehow beside the point. The DVD includes the original theatrical trailer. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Although it seems to have a lot of negative feedback, Breathless remains my all time favourite film. The soundtrack (which I have tried desperately to find) and cinematic shots of Los Angeles alone make this film worth a watch. It's quite nostalgic and I tend to yearn for hot summer evenings now long past while watching it. This is Gere at his best for me. His cheeky 'bad boy' image in Breathless earns him the hearthrob status he deserves. I find myself hopelessy in love with lovable rogue Jesse Lujack and I am pleasantly surprised whenever Lujack mannerisms pop up in Gere's other movies!
I have watched this film countless times and it still hasn't lost its appeal for me. I'd say it's a must for Richard Gere fans who haven't yet seen it!
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one of my all time favourite films
had it on video and just had
to get the dvd, Richard Gere is suberb
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First film I ever saw of Richard Gere and still good even after all these years.
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Like an energetic spayed pup yapping and humping your leg, frantically begging for attention (except not cute and lovable), you might just feel like putting Richard Gere down and saving the poor guy from his own horrid, tumultuous existence. It's really quite a performance to behold, and probably the main reason to watch the film, as you can't quite imagine how he was allowed to prance around like an anachronistic Teddy Boy reject in need of a good horse tranquilliser to bring him down. He is just too over the top and far too ridiculous to believe that anyone could have known this character for more than an hour and not killed him, or themselves, on the spot. And yet...

...at times painful, hilarious (for absolutely the most wrong reasons but in the best possible way), disturbing, sexy, or just down right rubbish, this is one of those films that really shouldn't work. And it doesn't work. But then kind of does, in a way that is almost the wrong kind of appealing, and is pretty much just dire and tragic but you want to try and find some solace from it. It's quite often cringingly bad to watch, as Richard Gere is just so contemptible you couldn't conceive. I don't mean contemptible for lack of morals, a struggling, imperfect anti-hero, I mean contemptible as in relentlessly irritating and loathsome character of the highest degree with no redeeming features whatsoever. Who knows, maybe that's what he was going for.

Given his loathsomeness, the most amazing aspect of the film is for Valérie Kaprisky to be enamoured with the guy.
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This is one of my favourite films, I love it.The funny bits where Richard Gere breaks into song such as in the shower scene and at the end makes it very memorable.I watch it when I feel down and it cheers me up
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By A Customer on 25 Dec. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This American remake of Jean-Luc Godard's classic, A Bout de Souffe, is incredibly funny. Not because it is meant to be, but because it is so laughably bad. Godard's existential ramblings were perfect for the original and the film (Jean-Paul Belmondo especially) was effortlessly cool. However, apply the same existential ramblings to a conventionally-told American film and you have a story that goes nowhere and bores you in the process. Richard Gere is incredibly irritating as the hero, Jesse and Valaire Kaprisky is the eiptomy of bland. The film would have worked better as a basical love story, or perhaps if McBride hadn't tried to be quite as faithful to Godard's original, but sadly what is left over is a film that will please nobody. If you've never seen it before, it's really nothing special. If you've seen the original, you could always watch this afterwards for pure comedy value.
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The remake of A Bout de Souffle leaves a lot to be desired. The only reason I ever cast eyes at it was because of a University presentation. Comparing the two in intimate aesthetical detail alone led me to locking myself up in a bedroom with coffee and cigarettes desperately trying to analyse Gere's performance without laughing myself into a coma. I indeed became John Paul Belmondo, on the run from the law after attempting to break into Gere's household and shake him until he came up with an explanation for his acting style. Belmondo admires Bogart, Gere idolises the Silver Surfer. If he'd remained stationary throughout the entire film with comic book speech bubbles appearing from his mouth then the film might have been 100 times better. Godard's original may have had it's ego but it is surpassed by Gere's misguided sense of his own talent. My advice, watch the orginial instead
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This is a great early richard gere movie who plays a car thief and falls in love with a school student who is contantly on the run from the police for stealing cars and driving too fast, only to have the police eventually catch up with him!!
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