American Gigolo starring Richard Gere from 1980
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ABOUT THE MOVIE
American Gigolo is the movie that set Richard Gere’s career in motion.
Gere plays a high-priced male escort in Los Angeles who becomes romantically involved with a prominent politician’s wife (played by Lauren Hutton) while simultaneously becoming the prime suspect in a murder case.
The movie is also one of the first ‘mainstream’ movies from Hollywood where frontal male nudity was on display.
Giorgio Moroder, the forward-thinking electronic music producer (Donna Summer, Irene Cara and more) who also created the score and hits for “Flashdance” as well as the 1978 movie “Midnight Express” created the musical score and composition that earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
Hector Elizondo is also in the movie as a detective. Gere and Elizondo would together again in the 1989 movie “Pretty Woman.”
The movie also featured the number-one single “Call Me” by Blondie.
The movie was budgeted at 6 million dollars and brought in over 52 million dollars that year at the box office.