The Hottest American Gigolo Trivia Quiz Yet



By: Julie Medina

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About This Quiz

He enjoys the finer things in life bought for him by his grateful clients. Until one day he messes with the wrong woman and gets framed for murder. Seedy and sexy, this movie will help you remember why Richard Gere was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year.

What is the gigolo's name?

Julian Kaye is a high-priced male escort portrayed by Richard Gere. The film is notable for establishing Gere as a leading man, and was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to include frontal male nudity from its main star.


Where does this story take place?

The story takes place in L.A. The film is widely credited to have established Giorgio Armani in Hollywood, since the Italian designer's clothes are featured prominently in Julian Kaye's wardrobe.


Who is Julian's love interest?

Julie Christie was originally cast in the role of Michelle Stratton but her departure was precipitated by Gere's replacement of Travolta. By the time Gere had returned to the project, Lauren Hutton had already been hired. Meryl Streep was also offered the part of Michelle but declined because she didn't like the tone of the film.


What does Detective Joe Sunday find in Julian's apartment?

Detective Joe Sunday found the handcuffs in Julian's apartment. The murder weapon was found a block from Julian's house. Julian found the jewels stashed under his car. Detective Joe Sunday is portrayed by Héctor Elizondo. Elizondo's first major role was that of God in the 1970 Off-Broadway play Steambath, for which he won an Obie Award. He has appeared in more than eighty films and has made numerous television.


Who is Annie to Julian?

Anne is one of Julian's pimps. But she does more for him - so he will be more profitable for her. She makes him more cultured, refined, he learns languages and art. Annie is portrayed by Nina van Pallandt, a Danish singer and actress. Nina also appeared in several Robert Altman films during the 1970s, including The Long Goodbye, A Wedding, and Quintet. In 1969, she sang "Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?" in a James Bond movie. During 1969 and the early 1970s she appeared as a guest on several television series.


Who is Leon?

Leon is Julian pimp and Julian tells him that he will do anything-gay, kinky and rough sex. Leon is played by William Henry "Bill" Duke, Jr., an actor and film director. He is known for his roles in Commando, Predator, Action Jackson, Bird on a Wire, Payback, Exit Wounds, Menance II Society, X-Men, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Bad Country.


Anne sends Julian on an assignment with a wealthy old widow, Mrs. Dobrun, who is visiting town. Julian makes some conversation to get her to relax. What part does she like?

He picked her up as a chauffeur from the airport, but once he was in her suite he gave her the pool boy story. He mentions to Anne that Mrs. Dobrun liked the story. Carole Cook portrayed Mrs. Dobrun. Cook is an actress of musical theatre, film, and television. Cook appeared regularly on The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. She also appeared in such feature films as The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Sixteen Candles, Grandview, U.S.A., Summer Lovers, and Palm Springs Weekend. She made guest appearances on such television shows as Darkroom, Knight Rider, Emergency!, Magnum, P.I., McMillan and Wife, Murder, She Wrote, Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, and Grey's Anatomy to name a few.


Who says this? “Jacobean, late 17th century. Estimated at 4,800 to 5,200. This has been worked on, there is glue inside.”

Julian and Lisa Williams are at an auction house and Julian gives Lisa advice on what she is choosing to bid on. Lisa runs into a stockholder in Lisa’s husbands company and introduces Julian as Wilhelm Schoenfeld who is helping her to redecorate the guest house.


Julian had an alibi for the murder with Lisa Williams, why did his alibi fall through?

Though he was with another client, Lisa Williams (K Callan), on the night of the murder, she refuses to give Julian an alibi in order to protect her and her husband's reputations. K Callan is an author and actress known for playing Clark Kent's mother Martha in the ABC television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.


Who said this? "How much. Just one fuck."

Michelle is intrigued, yet uncomfortable with the conversation. Although the conversation doesn't lead to anything that night, she tracks him down and is more forthcoming in his apartment. Lauren Hutton played the role of a politician's wife who risks her and her husband's reputation to provide Julian's alibi. Lauren Hutton appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine on 28 occasions and earned more than any other model within a decade-long period. She is also known for her roles in the Paper Lion (1968), and she won notices for her performances in James Toback's The Gambler (1974), opposite James Caan. She also starred in John Carpenter's TV movie Someone's Watching Me! (1978) among many other movies.


When Julian does a favor for Leon by picking up a trick for an escort who didn't show up, what does the husband of the couple want?

Julian's pimp Leon, sends him to Palm Springs on an assignment to the house of Mr. Rheiman, a wealthy financier. Rheiman asks Julian to have rough, sado-masochistic sex with his wife Judy while he watches them. He then wants to talk afterwards. Mr. Rheiman is portrayed by Tom Stewart an actor and writer, known for American Gigolo (1980), Marooned (1969) and Paul's Case (1980).


Who actually killed Mrs. Rheiman?

It was Leon's new boy who did it and Leon is helping to cover it up by framing Julian. Judy Reihmen is portrayed by Patricia Carr, who is known for The Edge of Night (1956) and A Stranger Is Watching (1982). She is also a producer and married to Tom Bosley of Happy Days Fame.


What did Michelle think Julian’s apartment would be like?

All of the above, she thinks it should look like a bordello. Michelle thought he worked at his apartment, however, Julian’s work takes him to hotels and his client’s home. The actress herself, was probably more aware of the seedier side of life as she was a Playboy bunny. When she began working at the Playboy Club upon first arriving in Manhattan, she was still going by her birth name, Mary. There were already several bunnies named Mary, however, so management suggested that she choose another name. Using actress Lauren Bacall as her inspiration, she shortened her middle name of Laurence to Lauren, and went with that.


Who said this to Julian? "You know you're getting awful cocky Julie. All the other boys are happy with a car, house in the hills. Not you. You've got all your rich pussy lined up, once a month tricks-a little tennis, a dip in the pool ...and orgasm. I just wanna warn you, as a friend. If those bitches ever turn on you, you're through."

Leon said this to Julian to provide some insight into the character for the audience. Writer-director Paul Schrader viewed American Gigolo 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.


Who said this? "Julie, I made you! I taught you everything you know! How to dress, table manners, how to move, how to make love..."

Anne taught him how to be a sharp dresser and be cultured in the finer things in life. In fact, the make and model of the sports car that Julian Kaye (Richard Gere) drove was a two-door black convertible 450SL (R107) Mercedes Benz coupe.


Who says this? [begs to Leon] "I'll do fag tricks. I'll do kink. I'll do anything you want me to do."

Julian Kaye needs an alibi to get off the murder charge. And Leon was supposed to provide it for Julian but now he is saying he can't. Richard Gere was not the first choice for the role. Christopher Reeve reportedly turned down the part of Julian Kaye despite being offered a million-dollar fee. John Travolta became interested in the part and briefly acted in it before getting "cold feet" and being replaced by Gere. This is not the only role that Travolta has turned down only to be taken by Gere: it had previously happened with Days of Heaven (1978) and occurred again when Travolta was offered the lead in both An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Chicago (2002).


What happened to Leon in the movie?

During a brief scuffle, Julian accidentally pushes Leon over the apartment balcony and he falls to his death. Leon was being paid to frame Julian for the death of a client. When confronted my Julian the scuffle occurs. When it came to understanding the character of Julian, Gere said "I wanted to immerse myself in all of that and I had literally two weeks. So I just dove in."


We watch Gere use gravity boots to do upside-down sit-ups in the movie. Has Gere always been in great shape?

Gere has always been in good shape. He graduated from North Syracuse Central High School and was a member of the student council, gymnastics team, lacrosse, and ski team. He also received a Gymnastics scholarship from the University of Massachusetts. While in college he majored in Philosophy.


Who replies to Julian? Julian: “How do you know I was lying? “Because I was with her for the entire evening.”

They all had a reason to cover up for their wives when it came to Julian’s involvement. In this case it was Lisa Williams’ husband. It’s as Leon warned Julian, “I just wanna warn you, as a friend. If those bitches ever turn on you, you're through.”


Does Julian take any drugs in the movie?

Julian reaches down and takes some cocaine off a mirror and rubs it on his gums. He gets dressed because he is going out. But then Michelle comes to his apartment and he ends up staying in, with her. Even though earlier he says to her, “This is my apartment, women don’t come here.”


Who says this? “I love it when you kiss and hug me. But when we make love, you go to work”.

Michelle is confronting Julian on his behavior with her. She loves him and wants their love separate from his work. Speaking of being true to yourself, Lauren Hutton is an example of that. She was advised to hide the gap in her teeth and tried using morticians' wax to cover the gap; then came the use of a cap, which she would often swallow, laugh out, or misplace. Hutton eventually retained this "imperfection" and the All Movie Guide stated that it "gave her on-camera persona a down-home sensibility that other, more ethereal models lacked."


When Julian runs into a guy tailing him, what does he do?

Julian roughs up the Senator’s aide, Floyd, who is following him. He humiliates Floyd by going through his wallet and making comments about Floyd’s girlfriend. He also learns Floyd is Senator Charles Stratton’s aide and was told to follow Julian. He tells Floyd to have his boss call him and writes his number on Floyd’s forehead. Eventually Julian and the Senator meet where the Senator tries to pay him off to leave his wife alone.


Why didn’t Julian want to take any money from Senator Stratton?

They love each other and want to be together. In the book American Gigolo by Timothy Harris Julian said this, "I made love to women for money, some of them old enough to be my mother. But that isn't why I'd ended up in prison. The truth is very much stranger and a lot more embarrassing. I did something I'd always considered myself incapable of doing. Something a gigolo is never meant to do...the one thing which no one will believe possible of someone in my profession. I fell in love."


How much did Julian ask for, in order to not see Michelle again.

When Senator Stratton asked how much would it take to ensure that Julian doesn’t see Michelle ever again, Julian asked for $5,000 which seems surprising little for a man of Stratton’s wealth. Although he only asked for $5,000, in 1980, $5,0000 had the same buying power as $15,418.84 in 2016. So if you chose $15,000 you were on target for today. However, it didn’t matter how much Julian asked for since Julian says to Senator Stratton that, “I don’t want a dime from you.”


In the movie, Julian speaks a few languages, knows antiques and seems very worldly. How much education did the actor, Richard Gere, have?

After just two years he dropped out of college and made his way to Cape Cod, where he landed a job as a member of the Provincetown Playhouse which cast him the leads in 'The Great God Brown', 'Camino Real', 'The Collection', 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' as well as a few others.


Who says, “All my life I’ve been looking for something, and I don’t even know what I’m looking for.”

Julian is talking to Michelle. He is contemplating his life now that he is under suspicion for murder. The actor who portrays Julian has no issue with what he is looking for in life. In an interview in the 'Shambhala Sun', he states when he met the Dalai Lama for the first time, 'It completely changed my life the first time I was in the presence of His Holiness. No question about it. It wasn't like I felt, 'Oh, I'm going to give away all my possessions and go to the monastery now,' but it quite naturally felt that this was what I was supposed to do-work with these teachers, work within this lineage, learn whatever I could, bring myself to it. In spite of varying degrees of seriousness and commitment since then, I haven't really fallen out of that path.'


Who says this? “It’s all I’m good at.”

When Michelle asks Julian to change his line of work, he realizes all he knows how to do is be a gigolo – that he has no value to the world. Richard Gere has added much value to the world through his acting as well as through his photography. His book of Tibetan photos was published in October 1997 by Bulfinch Press. It's a haunting portrayal of the Tibetan Buddhist community evoked in photographs. Richard is also a founding member of Tibet House, a nonprofit organization based in NYC's Greenwich Village dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture.


Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did Richard Gere get voted 'Sexiest Man Alive' by 'People' magazine before or after the movie came out?

Richard Gere was voted 'Sexiest Man Alive' by 'People' magazine in 1999, nineteen years after the movie opened. But he was on ‘People’ magazine’s radar before that. Only 11 years after the movie opened 'People' named him one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' in 1991.


What song from the movie became very popular?

The film's soundtrack was composed by Giorgio Moroder. The main theme song of the film is "Call Me" performed by Blondie. The song was written by Moroder and Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry, and became a huge worldwide hit in 1980. It peaked at number one in various countries including the US and the UK, and became the highest selling single of 1980 in the United States.


Which of these answers are correct about the song, "Call Me".

Can you imagine the song NOT being performed by Blondie? Soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Fleetwood Mac' singer Steve Nicks to compose, sing and record the main title song for this picture but Nicks had to turn down the offer as she had just signed a new solo contract with Modern Records which prevented her from working with Moroder.


Debbie Harry, who wrote the "Call Me" song, was inspired by what?

Debbie Harry said: "When I was writing it, I pictured the opening scene [of the movie], driving on the coast of California". Harry was first given an instrumental rough track titled "Man Machine by Giorgio Moroder and was asked to write the melody and lyrics for the song. Reportedly, this only took her a few hours to do.


Why did Christopher Reeves and John Travolta choose not to star in American Gigolo?

Reportedly, one of the reasons Travolta turned it down was because he wanted final cut approval and director Paul Schrader would not give it to him. The was no reason noted for Christopher Reeves. Also, according to Richard Gere, the nudity was not in the original script. "It was just in the natural process of making the movie. I certainly felt vulnerable, but I think it's different for men than women."


What year did American Gigolo open in the movie theatres?

The Romantic thriller hit the movie theaters on February 8, 1980. In October 2014, Jerry Bruckheimer announced plans to adapt the movie into a television series. However, the series has yet to go into production.


The movie received two nominations. From which Award Show did it receive those nominations?

American Gigolo received two nominations from the Golden Globes in%0D1981 for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture and Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.


How did American Gigolo do in the box office?

The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, as the film holds a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews. American Gigolo was produced for $5,000,000. Since its release it has grossed over $23,000,000 in ticket sales and $12,000,000 in rental and home sales.


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