Staff Picks: American Gigolo (1980)

For this next Staff Picks selection, I’m gonna pick a criminally underrated movie deserving of the utmost critical acclaim, in my opinion: Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo”.

MY RATING: 10/10

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Plot: 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.

Featuring one of Richard Gere’s most accomplished, brilliant performances and one of Paul Schrader’s most well-crafted screenplays, “American Gigolo” is a stylish, exotic tale of prostitution and murder. Pair it with brilliant cinematography from John Bailey and fantastically overtly-stylish direction from Paul Schrader, and with an intoxicating original soundtrack from Giorgio Moroder (featuring the ever-so wondrous “Call Me” from Blondie), it just gets even more watchable. I don’t know how this movie can be so over-looked, it’s not only Richard Gere’s best movie (in my opinion), but it is one of the best movies from Paul Schrader. I hope this post helps people find, view, and appreciate this movie (if possible for them) much more than people have.

Thank you for reading!

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