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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | | Drama | 19 October 1977 (USA)
A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Judith Rossner (based on the novel by), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Theresa
Tuesday Weld ... Katherine
William Atherton ... James
Richard Kiley ... Mr. Dunn
Richard Gere ... Tony
Alan Feinstein ... Martin
Tom Berenger ... Gary
Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Dunn
Laurie Prange Laurie Prange ... Brigid
Joel Fabiani ... Barney
Julius Harris ... Black Cat
Richard Bright ... George
LeVar Burton ... Cap Jackson
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Mrs. Jackson
Carole Mallory ... Marvella
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Storyline

Theresa is a successful teacher of deaf children during the day but after a short unhappy affair starts to spend her nights cruising bars. Her craving first for sex but later also for drugs leads into increasingly demeaning and dangerous situations at odds with her daytime commitment to her children. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Mr. Goodbar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,837,976, 23 October 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (still photograph montages)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Teresa meets Tony in the bar, she is reading "The Godfather", just as she does in the original novel. He comments that he has seen the movie. Diane Keaton (Teresa) plays the part of Kay in The Godfather (1972). See more »

Goofs

In the book, Theresa's sister Katherine goes to Puerto Rico to procure an abortion during a scene that takes place in the mid-1960s. In the movie, the timeline is changed so that this scene is set in 1975, two years after abortion was legalized by the Roe v. Wade ruling, making the trip to Puerto Rico unnecessary. See more »

Quotes

Theresa: I don't believe in the future.
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Crazy Credits

A still version of the Paramount logo is seen at the beginning, in black and white. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Looking for Mr. Goodsex (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Leave Me This Way
(1975)
Written by Kenny Gamble (uncredited), Leon Huff (uncredited), Cary Gilbert (uncredited)
Performed by Thelma Houston
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Gritty, Real, Unapologetic Look at Young Woman's Struggles
18 July 2016 | by brightsidesSee all my reviews

Saw this film on AMC last week and it still holds up. I first saw this film in 1977 as a college student living in a one room apt away from home for the first time, and it had a major impact on me. Diane Keaton made the move from the comedic heroine to the troubled Theresa Dunn, a sensitive, caring teacher by day, looking for love in all the wrong places at night. Her inner turmoil from her childhood disfiguring disease; to the relationship with her hard-nosed, Notre Dame loving, Irish Catholic father; to subsequent lovers is heartbreaking. Her search for the male attention and acceptance that she didn't receive at home is portrayed with honesty and depth by Keaton. Richard Kiley skillfully plays her father, who is of a different generation, where women knew "their place". He would rather turn and look the other way than face some hard family truths. It's evident that Teresa has a love/hate relationship with him when she refuses to accept the nice guy social worker, James, as a suitor mostly because her father admires him. She would rather engage in dead-end conquests than have a committed, romantic, relationship. Tuesday Weld was nominated for a Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Kathryn, Teresa's high-flying, stewardess sister; who can do no wrong in her father's eyes. Richard Gere's energy is electric and frightening during his scenes with Teresa. He has the raw male sexuality and danger Teresa finds exciting yet she is clearly his intellectual superior. Interesting stuff. Tom Berenger is great as the sociopathic loser, and look for a split-second role for Brian Dennehey as a doctor. This movie can serve as both a cautionary tale and a history lesson....the sexual revolution never seemed so scary.


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