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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

 -  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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Mr. Dunn
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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 film was made and released about five years after the murder of 28 year old New York City school-teacher Roseann Quinn whose death the film and its source novel was based on. 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

James: What are you hooked on?
Theresa: Anything I can get.
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Spoofed in Looking for Mr. Goodsex (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by party goers on New Year's Eve
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emancipation vs. growing up
2 April 2004 | by (Middlebury, VT) – See all my reviews

Trying to escape her "perfect" Catholic world under a tyrannic father and the enslaving idea of love, Theresa, a compassionate sister and patient teacher of deaf children, goes out to live her own life. But her freedom turns into bar hopping, drugs, and meaningless sex.

This movie grips you by neck, shakes you, and screams at you "I didn't make this up!". The screenwriting takes us on a path that has been travelled many times before (protagonist goes out to "find herself"), but only few movies struggle with it so skillfully on these levels. It tries to go down the road of the sexual revolution and women's rights, but finds that at the end of that road "free love" is not as free as it might seem. It praises their achievements and condemns them at the same time. Even love is not painted in its traditionally positive color - in fact it is (part of) the culprit that throws Theresa into her decision to leave behind her traditional life in the very beginning. A painful, dark movie, really.

Talking about darkness... the lighting design is innovative and absolutely noteworthy, but extremely low at times - so make sure you watch it on a quality screen.


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