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Just a Gigolo (1978)

Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (original title)
After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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David Hemmings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
Sydne Rome ... Cilly
Kim Novak ... Helga von Kaiserling
David Hemmings ... Captain Hermann Kraft
Maria Schell ... Pauls Mutti Frau von Przygodski
Curd Jürgens ... Prince
Erika Pluhar ... Eva
Hilde Weissner ... Aunt Hilda
Werner Pochath ... Otto
Marlene Dietrich ... Baroness von Semering
Rudolf Schündler ... Oberst Gustav von Przygodski
Evelyn Künneke ... Frau Aeckerle (as Evelyn Künnecke)
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Major Alexander von Müller
Karin Hardt ... Frau Uexkull
Rainer Hunold Rainer Hunold ... Lothar
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Storyline

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 November 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Gigolo See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was about Berlin, shot in Berlin and financed partly by Berlin. However, none of the principal cast were from Berlin except for Marlene Dietrich, who was a native Berliner in self-imposed exile. See more »

Crazy Credits

"And featuring, with great pride, MARLENE DIETRICH" See more »

Alternate Versions

The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this version is available on video (Water Bearer Films Video) in the United States. See more »

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Soundtracks

Just A Gigolo
Music by Leonello Casucci
Lyrics by Irving Caesar (German Lyrics by Julius Brammer)
Sung by Marlene Dietrich
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One of a Kind
27 February 2002 | by Zen BonesSee all my reviews

Believe it or not, this was David Bowie's first acting role in a motion picture, despite the fact that this film was released a year after THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. A large portion of this film was destroyed in a fire, so it took director Hemmings nearly three years to piece together a motion picture out of what remained. With that in mind, this is a remarkable film, and one can't help but wonder what the finished product might have been like had it not been for the fire. For what is most intriguing about this film is the use of real footage of the Weimar Republic Germany in all its glorious decadence and decay. Whether this footage was used to buffer the missing footage or planned from the beginning, I guess we'll never know, but it brings an invaluable air of absurdity and black humour to what is already a pretty outrageous film. All the performances are great, especially Bowie, who really is one of the most underrated film talents out there. And the music score, which features some of the glorious songs from that era, as well as the irresistible theme song from Miss Dietrich, is fantastic! If anyone knows where I can get a copy of the soundtrack, let me know!


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