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Breathless (1983)

aka Breathless

"He's the last man on earth any woman needs - but every woman wants..."

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Details: 100 mins · English · R (USA)

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Cast:

Small Jesse Lujack
Small Monica Poiccard
No_movie_poster Birnbaum
No_movie_poster Parmental
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No_movie_poster Enright
No_movie_poster Tony Berrutti
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Crew:

Small François Truffaut Author
No_movie_poster Richard H. Kline Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Robert Estrin Editor
No_movie_poster Jack Nitzsche Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jim McBride Director
No_movie_poster L.M. Kit Carson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Keith Addis Producer
No_movie_poster Martin Erlichman Producer
No_movie_poster Rachel Igel Editor
No_movie_poster Jim McBride Writer
Small François Truffaut Story Contributor
Small Jean-Luc Godard Story Contributor

Taglines:

"He's the last man on earth any woman needs - but every woman wants..."

Plot:

Jesse Lujack (Richard Gere) is a cocky, nihilistic drifter in Las Vegas, obsessed with Marvel Silver Surfer comic books, the rock and roll music of Jerry Lee Lewis and Monica Poiccard (Valérie Kaprisky), a UCLA architecture undergraduate whom he knows only from a weekend fling in Vegas. As the film opens late at night, he steals a Porsche, intending to drive to Los Angeles. As he speeds down the highway and looks through the owner's possessions, he discovers a handgun in the vehicle's glovebox. Seeing his reckless driving, a policeman gives chase and Jesse is forced off the road and becomes stuck. When the policeman orders him to step away from the car, Lujack impulsively grabs the gun and shoots the officer. Fleeing to Los Angeles, Lujack finds his picture splashed all over the newspaper and TV news as the "cop killer."

On the run, under the alias of Jack Burns, he breaks into Monica's apartment and waits for her to return home. She discovers him naked in her bed. She initially declines his advances but later has sex with him in her shower. He then moves in with her. She is captivated by this reckless American and resumes her affair with him. However, she is a star student with big plans and Jesse is jealous of the powerful, successful men in her life.

After Jesse's photograph appears in the newspaper, he is recognized on the street right after dropping Monica off at a groundbreaking ceremony downtown. The police find her and question her on the street. She seems increasingly ambivalent about Jesse, repelled by his instability but drawn to his sense of risk and danger; she does not turn him in. When the police start following her right before Jesse comes back to pick her up, she impulsively accepts his offer to flee to Mexico together.

On the way to Mexico, Monica finds that her picture is on the front page of the national newspaper alongside Jesse's. Realizing the impossibility of her romantic fantasy, she phones the police, but then returns to tell him she did so and plead with him. The police corner them on the street, and he sings Jerry Lee Lewis' "Breathless" to her before grabbing a gun from the ground at his feet as she runs towards him. The film ends in a freeze-frame of Jesse turning to face the police with the gun.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1983-05-13 : United States of America

DVD : 2001-05-15