“I made you! I taught you everything you know — how to dress, table manners, how to move, how to make love.”
A high-paid gigolo (Richard Gere) is framed in the murder of a wealthy client, but is reluctant to expose his alibi (Lauren Hutton).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Amateur Sleuths
- Murder Mystery
- Paul Schrader Films
- Prostitutes and Gigolos
- Richard Gere Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary loathes this flashy thriller, calling it a “thoroughly unconvincing, terribly made movie,” and arguing that it was made “solely to arouse viewers unaccustomed to seeing big stars like Gere taking such embarrassing roles.” I disagree. While I don’t think this film is up to the gritty standards of director Paul Schrader’s earlier outings — such as Blue Collar (1978) — he nonetheless manages to convincingly portray the loneliness experienced by a man like Gere, someone who commands top dollars for his services and lives a life of luxury, but ultimately (like all prostitutes) can’t buy his own fulfillment. In addition, the film contains many moments of genuine tension, especially during the final scenes as Gere is trying desperately to find the evidence that will exonerate him. While this isn’t a great movie — ultimately it’s too slick, and the romance between Gere and Hutton is underdeveloped — it’s certainly not the “ugly and dirty” piece of “trash” Peary makes it out to be.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Handsome young Richard Gere in an early role
- Atmospheric cinematography
No, but it’s worth a look.