Synopsis

Set in the heart of New York City, John Turturro's touching and sophisticated comedy Fading Gigolo, featuring an all-star cast, tells the story of a New York City book store owner Murray (Woody Allen) who manages to convince his friend Fioravante (John Turturro) that there is a fortune to be made by becoming a professional gigolo. Also starring Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schrieber, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara what follows is a funny, touching story of love in the heart of New York City.

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Director

John Turturro
John Turturro studied at the Yale School of Drama and for his theatrical debut played the title role in John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, for which he won an Obie Award and a Theater World Award. He has since starred in the off-Broadway plays La Puta Vida Trilogy, “Italian American Reconciliation, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, the title role in Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Souls of Naples, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza’s Life (x) 3. In 2011, Turturro appeared as Lopakhin in the highly acclaimed CSC production of The Cherry Orchard. He appeared in the title role of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder at BAM for the spring 2013 season. Turturro has also directed plays, including the off-Broadway production of the US premiere of Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play in 2007, and the 2011 Broadway production of Relatively Speaking, three one-act comedies by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen. Turturro was nominated for a SAG Award for his portrayal of Howard Cosell in the television movie Monday Night Mayhem and won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on the series Monk. In 2007 he appeared in the miniseries The Bronx is Burning as notorious Yankee skipper Billy Martin, which garnered him a SAG Award nomination. Turturro has performed in over 60 films, including Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever, Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, Francesco Rosi’s La Tregua and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou? For his lead role in the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink, Turturro won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He also received Cannes' Camera d’Or Award for his directorial debut, Mac, in 1991. Turturro has also directed Illuminata, Romance & Cigarettes and Passione: A Musical Adventure.

Cast

John Turturro: Fioravante Woody Allen: Murray Vanessa Paradis: Avigal Liev Schreiber: Dovi Sharon Stone: Dr. Parker Sofia Vergara: Selima Bob Balaban: Sol


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DVD catalogue number: CFW708DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: CFW119BD

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Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Comedy, Drama

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: John Turturro

CAST:
John Turturro: Fioravante
Woody Allen: Murray
Vanessa Paradis: Avigal
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DURATION: 90 Mins

COUNTRIES: USA

LANGUAGES: English

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  • “It's tailor-made for Allen; not only is he as funny as he's been in years, he and Turturro make a wonderful double act”

    James Mottram, Total Film


  • “If you've missed the fumbling Allen of the likes of ‘Broadway Danny Rose', that guy is back”

    Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

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