Directed by Paul Schrader • 1980 • United States
Starring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo
Decked out in Armani, Julian Kaye (Richard Gere, in his star-making role) is shallow, narcissistic, and utterly irresistible, a male escort who caters to the needs of bored, rich, middle-aged women in Beverly Hills. But when he gets involved with a senator’s wife (Lauren Hutton), Julian finds himself the prime suspect in a murder he did not commit. Set to a cool, driving synth score by Giorgio Moroder (including the hit Blondie single “Call Me”), Paul Schrader’s stylish existential thriller has earned comparisons to the work of Robert Bresson for its themes of transcendence and salvation in the modern world.