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"He's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one."

The film opens on a man laying out several suits, matching them with shirts, and then picking out the perfect tie for each. This is Julian. He is a male escort working in Los Angeles. He lives a fast lifestyle and sells sexual services to finance it. He has two pimps. One is named Anne and the other is named Leon. His relationship with Anne seems less adversarial than his relationship with Leon.

On a job given by Anne, he meets a woman in a hotel bar. Her name is Michelle and she is an unhappy wife of a politician. She becomes fascinated by him.

Meanwhile, Leon sends Julian on a much darker assignment. He is to have sex with a man's wife while the man watches. Julian agrees. He starts out gentle with her, but the man wants it to be rough. Julian finds his desires distasteful but obliges. The man's name is Mr. Rheiman, a wealthy financier.

Julian builds a relationship with Michelle. They have an emotional connection, but Michelle is unsatisfied by the sex. She feels Julian is programmed to please but that he does not allow an emotional connection with it. They discontinue their relationship.

Mrs. Rheiman turns up dead. Julian becomes the primary suspect due to all the physical evidence against him caused by the rough trick Mr. Rheiman engineered.

Julian confronts Leon and forces him to admit that another prostitute killed Mrs. Rheiman. During their argument about it, Julian accidentally shoves Leon off a balcony killing him.

Julian is arrested for the Rheiman murder. Michelle, however, knows he did not do it because she was with him the night of the murder. Her testimony comes with a high cost, though. Her reputation and the reputation of her husband will be severely damaged if she comes forward.

R
| 1980 | 1 hr 57 min | 6.2/10 | 57/100
Cast
Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt
Director
Paul Schrader
Produced By
Jerry Bruckheimer
Language
English
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Also starring Lauren Hutton

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