GATOR
1976, Park Circus/MGM, 115 min, USA, Dir: Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds directs and stars in this lively action sequel to WHITE LIGHTNING. As Gator McKlusky, he is blackmailed by federal agents to betray his friend - and local crime czar - Bama McCall (Jerry Reed). With an incompetent federal agent (Jack Weston) and a TV reporter (Lauren Hutton) following Gator’s every move, what follows are car and boat chases galore in the backwaters of the "good ol' boy" American South. Reynolds proves a natural in his feature debut behind the camera, getting terrific performances from such novice actors as C&W singer Reed.


AMERICAN GIGOLO
1980, Paramount, 117 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Julian Kaye (Richard Gere) is a suave, Armani-clad prostitute embroiled in a steamy affair with a senator’s wife (Lauren Hutton) when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of one of his previous clients. Helmed by RAGING BULL scribe Paul Schrader, this stylish, ’80s-chic crime drama is driven by Gere’s layered portrait of the vulnerable, hopelessly empty playboy. “Call Me,” the endlessly catchy Blondie theme song written for the film, is both a literal reference to the protagonist’s work as a callboy and an allusion to the brilliantly rendered, desperate yearning for human connection that underlies practically every relationship in this seminal film.


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