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Breathless (1983)

When Jesse Lujack steals a car in Las Vegas and drives down to LA, his criminal ways only escalate- but when will it end?

Director:

Jim McBride

Writers:

François Truffaut (story "A Bout De Souffle"), Jean-Luc Godard (screenplay "A Bout De Souffle") | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Jesse Lujack
Valérie Kaprisky ... Monica Poiccard
Art Metrano ... Birnbaum
John P. Ryan ... Lt. Parmental
William Tepper ... Paul
Robert Dunn Robert Dunn ... Sgt. Enright
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Tony Berrutti
Lisa Jane Persky ... Salesgirl (as Lisa Persky)
James Hong ... Grocer
Waldemar Kalinowski Waldemar Kalinowski ... Tomachoff
Jack Leustig Jack Leustig ... Highway Patrolman
Eugène Lourié Eugène Lourié ... Dr. Boudreaux (as Eugene Lourié)
Georg Olden Georg Olden ... Kid
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Carlito
Henry G. Sanders ... Man with Pipe
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Storyline

Jesse has to get out of Las Vegas quickly, and steals a car to drive to L.A. On the way he shoots a police man. When he makes it to L.A. he stays with Monica, a girl he has only known for a few days. As the film progresses, the police get closer to him, and the crimes escalate. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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He's the last man on earth any woman needs... and every woman wants.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin aliento See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,384,369, 15 May 1983

Gross USA:

$19,910,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,910,002
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Thunderbird was the same car (resprayed) that starred in Vega$ (1978). See more »

Goofs

At the start, when Jesse is driving the stolen Porsche to L.A, he is seen taking off his jacket. the next shot is a shot from behind, which shows him with his jacket still on. In the shot after that, he is seen continuing to take off his jacket. See more »

Quotes

Paul: You've heard of Frank Lloyd Wright? This is Frank Lloyd Wrong.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was uncut, the 1986 video release suffered 24 seconds of detailed edits to the scenes where Richard Gere breaks into and hot-wires a car, plus his breaking into 'Valerie Kaprisky''s flat using the lock pick. The cuts were fully restored in 2001 and the certificate downgraded to a "15". See more »

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References Let's Make a Deal (1980) See more »

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365 Is My Number / The Message
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Mehico! Mehico! Mehico!
14 March 2004 | by huckfunnSee all my reviews

I got tired of watching my censored taped-from-TV version of this film, so I finally bought the DVD. I am one happy hombre. In addition to the superior video and audio quality, one gets several unobstructed views of the object of Gere's love/lust -- and that's no insignificant treat.

One reviewer aptly referred to this film as Gere doing his "early-80s cheeseball riff on the sexiest man alive." I concur. "Breathless" could be seen as an expansion of his minor role as Diane Keaton's dangerous pretty-boy in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" -- transposed from wintery Chicago to sultry L.A.

I won't analyze this film. It doesn't hold up under criticism, and certainly there is plenty to dislike, starting with the relentlessly sociopathic behavior of its protagonist. Rather, in the spirit of the film's love-almost-conquers-all theme, here's just a partial list of what I love about "Breathless":

1. Kaprisky in her see-through swimsuit. Rowrrrr! The rest of her wardrobe is pretty damn sexy, too. (The jury's still out on Gere's blue 'soot.')

2. The kiss at the diving board. It has to be one of the best in cinema history. Kaprisky is a goner after that.

3. Gere's line: "I think maybe I was rolling dice when I should have been rolling you." Cheesy, sure, but look at her face when he says it.

4. The shower scene, together. Kaprisky running hot and cold. "Jesse, you're crazy." ... "So what?" ... "It's OK. I like it."

5. Gere turning female heads wherever he goes, as he exudes his studly scent.

6. Los Angeles as The Place to Be. I lived and loved in L.A. during the early/mid-80s, and can vouch for the intoxication of being young and on the go in the City of Dreams. It's one big-ass place. McBride and veteran lensman Richard Kline do a superb job of capturing its heat, light (L.A. sunsets put a glow over the whole city), and diversity -- from the downtown hotels and office towers, to the industrial sections, to the Hollywood hills, to upscale West L.A., to the beach communities (where we see what must be every mural in L.A.).

7. The amazing ending. Gere taking his "all-or-nothing" motto to the wire. In what other movie will you see a dude dancing and singing to his woman while the cops have their guns drawn on him?

"Breathless" is Gere at his best. Maybe Kaprisky, too, for whatever that's worth. Don't think too hard about it. Just enjoy the ride.


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