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Story

Writer-director Paul Schrader viewed this as the second part of a trilogy that began with Taxi Driver and concluded with Light Sleeper--each dealing with a lonely man trying to deal with both his own dizzily spinning moral compass and the hypocrisy of the society that's trying to tell him what to do. Richard Gere plays a high-priced prostitute, an immaculately dressed stud for hire who services the bored women of Beverly Hills without ever allowing himself to be touched emotionally. His affair with a politician's wife (Lauren Hutton) changes that, at a point when he is being framed for a murder he didn't commit. Even as he tries to elude the law, he allows himself to become enmeshed with her in unexpected ways. Too cool and distant for some viewers, the film has a distinctive look and deliberate pacing--and about two endings too many. But it will keep you watching in spite of yourself. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Richard GereJulian
Lauren HuttonMichelle
Hector ElizondoSunday
Bill DukeLeon
Brian DaviesCharles Stratton
K CallanLisa Williams
Nina Van PallandtAnne
Carole CookMrs. Dobrun
Carol BruceMrs. Sloan

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 117 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 8, 1980
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 23, 2000
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