Fading Gigolo

Synopsis: Murray, the bankrupt owner of a bookstore, is forced to close his family business. His dermatologist, Dr. Parker, dreams of having a threesome and would pay a thousand dollars to have one with her friend Selima. Murray then proposes to his friend Fioravante that they start a male prostitution business, with Murray acting as the pimp. However, when Fioravante meets a Hasidic Jewish woman, Avigal, who is the widow of a rabbi, they fall in love with each other. But a Jewish neighborhood patrolman, Dovi, is in love with Avigal too, and might make life difficult for Fioravante and Murray.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): John Turturro
Production: Millenium Entertainment
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

You know, my

grandfather started the shop,

my father had it,

and now I have to close it.

This is the end

of an era, my friend.

Let me tell you.

Nowadays, only...

rare people buy rare books.

You'll get back on your feet.

Hey, I have a very

funny story to tell you.

- Mm-hmm.

- Today I was at my dermatologist's

for a little procedure,

nothing serious.

You know, I'm talking

to her for a while.

- Mm-hmm.

- She tells me she was with her girlfriend,

and they... they were

discussing things.

And they came to the conclusion

that they both wanted

to have a mnage.

This is what she tells me.

And I... I'm flabbergasted.

I say, "A mnage a trois?"

And she said, "Yeah."

This is what she wants.

- This came out of nowhere.

- Out of nowhere.

The... apparently,

she and her girlfriend

want to experience,

you know, a threesome.

And... and she asked me,

do I know anybody?

And I... I said...

I said, "Yeah.

"I know somebody,

but it'll cost you

a thousand bucks."

And... And you know,

the truth is,

I was thinking of you.

- Me?

- Why not?

You... You were always

great with women.

And, you know, she's attractive.

She's round and curvaceous...

I saw a photograph

of her friend in a thong.

And her friend

is a crippler, and she's...

Are you on drugs?

Apart from my Zoloft, no.

Well, why would I ever

entertain something like that?

How many... How many days

you working now

at the flower shop?

- Two.

- Two, okay, so you're living

hand to mouth. Jesus.

Who bailed you out when you couldn't

make the rent money last month?

Yeah, but I paid you back.

Yes, you paid me back,

but basically you're out of work.

And you're closing shop.

And I'm closing shop.


Of course, I would, you know,

get a little taste of this.

I mean, I... I saw myself

getting a small fee.

How long do you know me?

Long? I've known you

since you were a kid,

since you broke into

this bookstore and tried to rob it.

Papa Mo, I'm sorry

you lost your job.

Your mother still has her job,

so thank God for that.

Papa Mo, what does

this word mean?


"Ensorcelled" is, you know,

like "enchanted," like when a...

a sorceress casts

a spell on you.

Don't you go getting

yourself enchanted

while mama's away at work.

This is how she talks

to the man who put her

through bartender school.

- Mm-hmm.

- There's lice in my class, Papa Mo.

- I think I got lice.

- Lice?

My hair itches.

- Oh my God.


No, no, no! Don't touch,

don't touch anything.

Nothing in the house.

Don't touch a thing.

Now I'ma have to bring your ass

back to the lice lady.

- Hello?

- Hello, Murray.

It's Dr. Parker.

Dr. Parker, is something wrong?

Were you serious?

Knowing someone?

Oh. Oh.

My husband's got

a lot of money, Murray,

- and I'd like to...

- Hang on a second.

Excuse me.

Let me take this in my office.

Maybe I should

try your guy out first.

Alone. Just me and him.

You know, kind of like

an out-of-town tryout.

Exactly, like a sneak preview.

Yeah. Is he clean?

Yes, of course he's clean.

I mean, I don't want to get AIDS.


- Or gonorrhea.


Jesus, what are you talking about?

He's a nice kid.

I know him personally.

- And he would tell you?

- Yes, he would.

You know, as far as I know.

And he's got protection?

Sure, he's got protection.

The guy's a pro.

I'm a little crazed.

I just came from an AIDS benefit.


- We're really going to do this?

- We're definitely going to do it.

I mean, I'm not going to be there.

- Okay.

- You know, I just have to,

you know, check out his availability,

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John Turturro

John Michael Turturro (; born February 28, 1957) is an Italian-American character actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Quiz Show (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and four entries in the Transformers film series, most recently The Last Knight (2017). He has appeared in over sixty films and has worked frequently with the Coen brothers, Adam Sandler and Spike Lee. An Emmy Award winner, Turturro has also been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. more…

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