American Gigolo

Synopsis: Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. 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. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Paul Schrader
Production: Paramount Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

- Julian.

- Hey.

- You came all the way out here?

- Yeah.

I had to leave somebody off

up on the beach.

- Thought I'd drop by.

- It's been weeks.

- Hi.

- Hi.

Hello, girls.

You mean you didn't fly down to Rio

for the weekend?

- Don't mind them. They're just jealous.

- I don't mind.

I've been trying to reach you all day.

Yeah, I got the message. Number?

Tonight. It's a woman

from Charlottesville.

She's flying in to close a negotiation

on her husband's estate.

- First time?

- Yeah.

She's meeting with the lawyers

in the morning.

They want a chauffeur.

Is she into drugs?

No, no drugs.

$1,000, right?

$600 for me.

Julie, don't start this up again.

Look, you want 50-50? You go get Mike.

Or one of those high school dropouts

you like so much.

There's no percentage in it

if I don't get 50-50.

You already cut me out of the repeaters.

It's only fair. Only fair.

It ain't fair, Julie,

but I don't have any choice.

You got a choice.

You got a lot of choice.

You can keep dealing

those retarded faggots

- who don't know class from...

- Look who's talking.

All right. 50-50.

Who'd you drop off up the beach?

Wouldn't you like to know.

Julie, why do you do this to me?

Look, you know anybody else

who gets in the LA Country Club?

And that's not the Hillcrest,

or the Riverside, or the Riviera.

I gotta run now, so why don't you

leave the info on the service?

You don't want to take some sun?

I'm sure the girls

would like some company.

No, thanks. No way. See you later.

How's the Swedish coming?


Do you want me to help you?

Listen to the recording

and repeat what you hear.

Listen and then repeat.

I am not interested in that.

How much farther have we to go?

Is this your first visit?



Okay, let him through.

Hey, Leon, what's up?

Hey, Julie, baby, listen,

I hate to bug you like this,

but you gotta help me out.

I had this Palm Springs gig

set up for Joey

and the b*tch split.

Least he ain't nowhere around.

No, I can't do it.

Getting a haircut now.

I got something on later this afternoon.

Baby, baby, this is a two-hour gig.

- Plus the drive.

- Plus the drive.

Five C's. Straight in-and-out job.

Nothing fancy. Come on.

Do me a favour.

I don't know. Maybe. If I get some time.

I'll give you 50 bucks.

You go f*** yourself.

You think I'm in this for charity?

Hey! Hey, hey, wait a minute, here.

Who's doing who a favour?

Who called who up, begging for a sub?

Okay, okay. I'm sorry. I appreciate it.

Anything for a friend.

Excuse me.

Mind if I take my cap off, ma'am?

No, of course not.

Thank you.

I think I know this hotel

better than I do my own apartment.

All the important people

come and stay here.

You know, I used to be a pool boy here.

Anything I can do to help you?

Look, I'll open up

the champagne for you.

- You don't have to open up the...

- Julian. My name is Julian.

You don't have to open the champagne.

I will give you a tip, don't worry.

Oh, Jesus.

Look, I'm sorry, Mrs Dobrun.

That's not what I meant at all. I was...

I'm sorry.

This your first time in LA?

- Maybe you can be a help to me.

- Yeah?

Well, I haven't been here

for several years

and I was wondering if there are

any new really good restaurants.

You know,

where the famous people go?

Yeah, well,

it's probably safer to recommend

the more established restaurants.

There's Ma Maison and La Scala,

and Scandia.

And of the newer ones,

I hear that Le Dome is quite nice.

Very popular.

My, you are making me

thirsty just standing there.

Now you can open the champagne.

Pour me a drink,

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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