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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R  |   |  Drama  |  13 March 1978 (Sweden)
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A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

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This made-for-TV sequel to the 1977 theatrical film "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" follows a New York City detective's quest to find the murderer of a schoolteacher.

Director: Bill Persky
Stars: George Segal, Shelley Hack, Alan North
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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 completely at odds with her daytime commitment to her children. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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13 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

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Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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$16,900,000 (USA)
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The events depicted in both the book and the movie were inspired by the events surrounding the brutal real-life 1973 murder of twenty-seven year old New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn. 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 »

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Theresa: Honeymoon? I thought you went to get an abortion!
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Back Stabbers
(1972)
Written by Leon Huff (uncredited), Gene McFadden (uncredited), John Whitehead (uncredited)
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Courtesy of CBS Records
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29 July 2001 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I saw this film last year and I was completely blown away. It's amazing to see how meticulously Theresa's double life has been put together. The scenes are tightly knit in such a way as to not only emphasize the differences between Theresa's multiple roles (patient and kind teacher, lover of many, disco-freak, junkie) but also to steadily bring the story to an unforgettable climax. Diane Keaton is great in a demanding role and should have been nominated for an Academy award.

This is a masterpiece about the complexity of the human soul - although I don't think it has been / will ever be appreciated by many. Conventional life leaders, stay away, you won't even begin to understand this.

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