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Looker (1981)

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Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »

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Michael Crichton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Dr. Larry Roberts
James Coburn ... John Reston
Susan Dey ... Cindy Fairmont
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Jennifer Long
Dorian Harewood ... Lieutenant Masters
Tim Rossovich ... Moustache Man
Darryl Hickman ... Dr. Jim Belfield
Kathryn Witt Kathryn Witt ... Tina Cassidy
Terri Welles Terri Welles ... Lisa Convey
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Senator Robert Harrison (as Michael Gainsborough)
Ashley Cox ... Candy
Donna Kei Benz Donna Kei Benz ... Ellen (as Donna Benz)
Catherine Parks ... Jan
Terry Kiser ... Commercial Director
Georgann Johnson ... Cindy's Mother
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Storyline

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix. Written by alfiehitchie

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If looks could kill...

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looker See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,282,232
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The piece of Western classical music selected by plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Roberts (Albert Finney) was the Flute Concerto in G-Minor, Op. 10, No 2, RV439, la notte IV: allegro by Antonio Vivaldi. See more »

Goofs

Arriving at the scene of murder #3, the doctor pulls up to the apt building and looking up at the balcony, he recognizes which apartment is the murder victim's after reporting to police that he'd never been social with his clients and could not possibly be able to guess which apartment it was. See more »

Quotes

John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? ...
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Alternate Versions

The broadcast television version contains additional footage, including a scene where Reston (James Coburn) explains to Dr. Roberts (Albert Finney and Cindy ('Susan Dey') why Digital Matrix had the "perfect" models killed. See more »

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Soundtracks

Looker
Music and Lyrics by Barry De Vorzon and Mike Towers (as Michael Towers)
Performed by Sue Saad
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Great movie with some interesting points
2 February 2007 | by sidlaneSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on HBO as a child. I couldn't remember the name of th movie or who played in it, but I couldn't get the scene of Albert Finney on the commercial set near the end of the movie out of my mind. After asking around using that scene as my only guide, I was finally able to get someone to tell me.

After watching it again, I was very interested in the movie's plot despite how ridiculous it seemed. For example, why would RI security officers be at the scene of a car accident? Why didn't DMI use computers to generate locations as well as models? Or why did the mustachioed man suddenly remember he had those special glasses in the car chase scene only AFTER being shot by the LOOKER gun? There are others.

But it has it's redeeming qualities as well. The music is captivating and helps to build on the excitement of some of the action scenes. And I don't believe I've seen a more passionate kick to the groin than the one given by Albert Finney. All in all, Looker would probably not stand up next to today's movies, but it has a charm about it. It must have made some kind of impression on me as a child to remain in my head for the past 25 years. Recommended rental. Buy it if you like off-beat, quasi-mainstream movies. I bought it and plan on getting good use out of it. Perfect for unsuspecting house guests.


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