Manhattan Gigolo


by Tuna

Manhattan Gigolo is an Italian exploitation film with a train wreck of a plot, supposedly set in New York, but clearly shot in Italy

A young man joins his friend in The Big Apple. Both are wannabe actors. In their first night on the town, they meet a popular model who takes them home for a three-way. They later learn that there were voyeurs watching, who paid her well for the show. One of the men lands a major Hollywood role, which causes some problems between him and his friend, but when he returns to New York, he finds they are both in demand as gigolos by wealthy and bored New Yorkers. He is reluctant to continue the stud service and sex show routine.

At some point in the film, the director starts to intercut the successful actor's ride in an ambulance with the rest of the story. The payoff has to do with why he's in the ambulance.

So why am I wasting your time talking about an obscure Italian film which is poorly written and barely acted? I'll bet you can guess. Andrea Thompson (NYPD Blue and CNN anchor) played the model and did full frontal and rear nudity. In fact, when she landed the CNN job, some caps from this film surfaced on the Internet, causing a scandal. Many actresses have made a film early in their career that they later regret. That is the case with this film.

The transfer, based on the credits, is made from a French video tape, but the sound track is badly dubbed English. The transfer quality is horrid. There is one reason and one reason only to watch this film -- the nudity from a CNN anchor.


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


This is a C- for lovers of celebrity nudity in films, purely on the strength of Andrea Thompson. Had the part been played by a B list Italian actress, one would have to rate it based upon its merit as a film, making this an easy F.


Manhattan Gigolo DVD Andrea Thompson (1986)

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  • Andrea Thompson does full frontal nudity with her legs partially open.
  • Two unidentified actresses show breasts.