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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!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 027616809223
- Director : Jim McBride
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : April 25, 2000
- Actors : Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P. Ryan, William Tepper
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : Keith Addis, Martin Erlichman
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : MGM (Video & DVD)
- ASIN : 0792844807
- Writers : François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jim McBride, L.M. Kit Carson
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Directed by Jim McBride (Rancho Deluxe, Great Balls of Fire, 92 In The Shade, Heaven's Prisoners and The Big Easy.) Co-written by the legendary L. M. Kit Carson (Paris, Texas and the satirical Texas Chainsaw Massacre: part 2). L.M. Kit Carson also directed the infamous (and withheld - but heavily bootlegged - Dennis Hopper documentary, American Dreamer(71?). It has to be seen to be believed. It's now easily available. (It's along the lines of the equally infamous Rolling Stones doc C***s*cker Blues.) However, this film barely rises above as a curiosity.
This 80s nod to Goddard's groundbreaking Breathless - one of the most influential films of all time. This remake is sooo wrong. Richard Gere is wildly miscast - I'm a fan, but he's never been the boyish, likable type. He's plays a 28 year old who acts like a twelve-year old spazz. A still boyish Jeff Bridges, say, might have made this film marginally better. Valery Karpsky's character is so underwritten it's almost shameful. I have a feeling the director had her exaggerate her accent. Big mistake - her performance had critics and viewers snickering on two Continents. Luckily, her H'wood debut is a footnote in a long career. Then again, the same can be said of Richard Gere.
Valery Karpsky, a great actress( or starred in great films, anyway) in a lousy and thankless role. Understandably, she moved back to France, where she enjoys an illustrious career. Alas, "the next Isabelle Adjani/U.S. career" was thwarted - which is too bad, she's a breathtakingly beautiful.
The "logic" of original 60s film worked; one never said "aww..c'mon!!"
Then again, a remake of one of the best - certainty one of the most influential - films ever made must have been daunting. A nobel (and novel) experiment gone wrong. Breathless would be easier to (re)make nowadays: the pop culture references, the protagonist's idea that he's living in a movie, a beauty that (for awhile, anyway) falls for a "rap" - as opposed to an obnoxious man-child would actually be timely nowadays.
This remake is preposterous. Plot, motivation, everything. Not for a single moment do you believe The Girl -she's supposed to be a student on the fast track to a life of prestige and wealth. Good for unintentional laffs, kinda like Loni Anderson playing a nuclear physicist... or something like that.
Great rock and roll soundtrack, though. Including a song commissioned for the film by L.A. punk legends, X - a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis ' "Breathless." Lots of other 50s tunes as well.
If nothing else, it was through this film in which I "discovered" a L.M. Kit Carson/ Jim McBride collaboration from the 60s - a must see!
I think the negative cynical critiques miss the point of the story; the main character Jesse seems to understand human nature as reflected in his summation of Monica's teacher's motives and methods of "society." The university teacher buys everything (sex, loyalty) through the lure of status, power, money and bartering sex in exchange for a place in that society; which Jesse sees as a more repulsive illusion of materialism than stealing cars or doing whatever he needs to do.
His character seems to persuade the audience that his reversal of societal norms as an outlaw is more about non conforming to to the corrupt methods of climbing the social ladder where a woman must use her body to barter with her professor. Is he right ? Yet when he sees Monica being lured by the Professor , he Is repulsed and uses the psychology of rejection to evoke his lover's true emotions- thereby flying under the radar and filters of society's rules; He also simultaneously confronts Monica about her decisions to sell herself for extrinsic rewards rather than living for what she really feels deep inside - her intrinsic natural passion for him, not based upon a monetary and or reward of position of status as a female architect. She has to barter with her body to get there.
He forces her to decide what's really of real value to her in a childlike perspective referencing a comic book. But Jesse also uses social psychology to pursuade and seduce her emotionally
At any rate to me, I found it to be a great film. But I guess it all depends on your view. Jesse's view is more that the rules of the corrupt society he lives in is an illusory trap of "material nothingness."
Richard Gere is my favorite actor next to Denzel Washington. And, of course, Cary Grant.