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Breathless (1983)

Richard Gere , Valérie Kaprisky , Jim McBride  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P. Ryan, William Tepper
  • Directors: Jim McBride
  • Writers: Jim McBride, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, L.M. Kit Carson
  • Producers: Keith Addis, Martin Erlichman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792844807
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breathless" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Sometimes a thief can steal your heart. Richard Gere gives "a breakthrough performance" (Time) as a rockin' 'n' rollin', hustlin' and bustlin' crook in a film about chasing after your dreams no matter how high the stakes.Jesse Lujack (Gere) is a smalltime car thief who loves livin', Jerry Lee Lewis and his Silver Surfer comic books. But most of all, Jesse loves Monica (Valerie Kaprisky), the sexy French architecture student he just met in Vegas. Determined to provide her with the good life, Jesse uses all his rockabilly charm to convince the resistant Monica to drop everything and join him on a trip to sunny Mexico. In a fire-red Caddy with the top down and the woman he loves finally at his side, Jesse feels on top of the world. But no matter how much rubber he burns, there's something that Jesse just can't outrun. As he races faster and faster away from his past and toward his dreams, Jesse must keep everything that's important to himespecially Monicaclose by his side...or risk losing them forever!

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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best remake of all time... February 26, 2000
By A Customer
Actually, I would argue that this is one of the greatest films ever made. Enough time has passed for us to get over the shock of McBride / Carson / Gere's desecration of that French classic (which was all about breaking taboos in the first place). Hopefully this re-release will bring this funny, passionate, beautiful film to a new generation of filmmakers and film buffs who heard somewhere that Tarantino actually prefers this version. He does, and he's right! Where the original was remote, cynical, and yes, pretentious (seen it lately?), this one is romantic, exciting, and intensely felt. It's a creative, complete reworking of the original material which manages to transpose the story from Paris to Los Angeles, substitute Eno and Glass and Jerry Lee Lewis for that anonymous cool jazz, replace Bogart with the Silver Surfer, etc. And it all works! It does all this without losing one iota of the dashing spirit that made the original so memorable, and yet like the few great remakes it's totally its own film. I'm telling you, folks, the McBride "Breathless" is the GREATEST!
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great performance by Gere and an entertaining film. October 8, 2000
This film is a remake of Godard's "A Bout du Souffle" but that is more of a problem than a blessing for this film. Breathless is not good enough to cut it as a worthy US version of the original but, seen as a film it it's own right, it makes a lot more sense and it is entertaining to watch.
Richard Gere plays Jesse Lujack, a small time criminal who just happens to kill a cop. He doesn't set out to do so, it just happens but this one act drags him into a trap which is, of course, of his own making.
His flight from the police who are determined to nail the cop killer takes him back to student Monica Poiccard (Kapriski) an old girlfriend. To him, she was an important and significant part of his life but to her, he was just an interlude whom she never expected to see again but, in a kind of "what the heck" mood she takes up with him and his troubles.
Gere really is doing a fine job here. The script favours him but nonetheless, he is totally convincing in this film He really is Lujack.
However much he tries to prevent it, the ending is pretty much inevitable but on the way Gere and Kapriski have some laughs. They live for the moment and, essentially they do enjoy the moments despite the bigger picture and that is what this film is all about. It's good to watch and enjoy. It is not a polarising moment in cinema history but, if you can forget the film's origins and hope only for an entertaining movie, it will not let you down.
If you like this film, I'd recommend "The Passenger" with Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider. It shares the same theme of a woman taking up with a man in big trouble and it is a much better movie although it is a serious film and does not have the laughs of Breathless.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decadent, guilty pleasure. November 25, 2002
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This seems to be a movie people either absolutely love or absolutely hate. I lean toward the former camp. I would have given five stars, but the soft-porn proclivities of this film -- and Richard Gere's annoying character (who does have redeeming qualities) -- were reasons for the deduction.
Any good girl who's ever been in love with Mr. Wrong (myself included!) will hold an appreciation for this movie. The central characters, Monica Poiccard (Kaprisky) and Jesse Lujack (Gere) are perfect in their diametric opposition to each other. Monica is an honors Architecture student at UCLA with a bright future ahead of her; Jesse is a small-time, smart-alec hood whose big ambition in life is to emulate his hero, the comic-book character Silver Surfer. While speeding through the desert, he is pulled over by and accidentally shoots and kills a cop. Needing a place to hide, Jesse pops back into Monica's life. He was merely a fling she'd had while on vacation in Las Vegas, but she was something much more to him. Jesse's lifestyle revolts and excites Monica at the same time, which is why she takes up with him as he drags her along with him on a high-energy run from the law.
I consider this film to be one of my guilty pleasures. Despite its aforementioned drawbacks, it possesses a lush decadence that's quite entertaining. I recommend it to anyone who wants to indulge!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Gere is sensational February 29, 2000
By Oddur
I loved Breathless the first time I saw it and I have watched it many, many times now. The main reason is Gere's performance. It may not be his best but it's his most original and spaced-out performance of his career. The movie itself is quite entertaining, but no masterpiece. It never takes itself too seriously and mostly depends on the charms of Gere to keep it going. The ending is the best part, where his character seems to have nowhere to go and everything is closing down on him, and his only answer is to escape to his fantasy world and of course; sing the opening lines to Jerry Lee Lewis's Breathless. Another plus is the music, for this is the only film I know of that has Presley's Suspicious Minds playing in the background.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
OK, here's the real review. Breathless is essentially about character, so if you don't like Jesse, played by Richard Gere, then you probably will not like the movie. Jesse is a flake and he has a knack for getting himself into trouble. But he also has good qualities. He is earnest, free-spirited, and he has an all-or-nothing approach to all that he does in life. And he applies all of these qualities to his pursuit of Monica's heart.

Breathless is a love story. The action, and the trouble that is closing in on Jesse, drives the urgency of his attempt to win Monica's heart and her partnership. It is a story about trying to win the favor of a young girl who is still weighing her options in life. And in doing so, Jesse brings his uncompromising attitude and does all he can think of to win her.

Any criticism of Gere's performance is dead wrong. Gere brings the character to life, and makes him appealing despite his flakiness, by showing that Jesse is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, and believes that love is the power supreme. The director also does a great job of intermingling popular songs with a nice score. He includes songs by Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis, which are not haphazardly placed in the picture, but that add to the character of Jesse, who is freewheeling like Jerry Lee, and caught in a trap as Elvis sung.

If you can root for a guy who is flakey, flamboyant, and still believes in the power of love, then give this one a spin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless is " one of my all time favorite comedy movies
Breathless is " one of my all time favorite comedy movies . Richard Gere " is so fantastic " as the " drifter, loser, con-man " - " Jessie ". Read more
Published 14 days ago by LINDA PETRONGELLI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Theodore W. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Frank Ambrosius
2.0 out of 5 stars Greatly disppointing.
People told me this was a great movie. Then I found out they were referring to the original French version. The American version leaves much to be desired.
Published 3 months ago by Pete N. Austira
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Movie
This film is funny, passionate, and exciting. Richard Gere can surely make a person 'Breathless] at times. The story is interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Hottie Pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars I SAW THIS MOVIE BACK IN 1983 AND LOVED IT !!!!!!
Okay, so the idea is to achieve emptiness so that we may be actually informed by what it is we see. To train an eye for details that doesn't react or classify or evaluate but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christopher E. Mason
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not buy this movie
It was filthy. I felt like I wasted my money! The acting was horrible and it had no plot besides being pornographic.
Published 8 months ago by Allison White
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless
If you can get around the fact that this is a remake of the french classic you might enjoy it. When I saw it back in 1983 I didn't even know who the Silver Surfer was! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love Richard Gere this movie rocks!
I just loved this movie! Richard Gere is such an awesome actor! Quite the handsome man too. He's only gotten better since he's aged!
Published 9 months ago by Kathryn A. Stefaniak
4.0 out of 5 stars for a friend
I bought this video for a friend's birthday. She had been trying to find it in pawn shops for years. It was... interesting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alex King
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