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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 ... 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:

Looking for Mr. Goodbar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,540,635, 23 October 1977

Gross USA:

$22,512,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,512,655
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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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Trivia

Theatrical film debut of LeVar Burton. 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: Talk about amateur, played for a hooker by a square and ripped off as a sucker by a dick.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Six Feet Under: The Dare (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

She's Lonely
Performed by Bill Withers
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Excellent style, excellent acting, excellent atmosphere
10 December 2004 | by canewyorkerSee all my reviews

The movie really gets the whole 1970s drug sniffing, gay liberation, pro swinger pre aids lifestyle down, and then closes with what may be one of the most depressing endings ever shot for a movie. As we all know, Diane Keaton is the straight laced teacher by day, and bar hopper by night. Her Catholic background and domineering father all contribute to her rampant promiscuity, and she ends up paying for it in the end. Sad, because the sexual revolution of the time gave women the right to do what she does in the film without being called whores, and then she had to pay for it. Such a good flick though, although it could have used a little editing for time. See it, and decide for yourself. Highly recommended, and perfect depiction of a life that really is impossible to imagine in this day and age.


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