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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Katherine
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James
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Mr. Dunn
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Tony
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Martin
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Gary
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Laurie Prange ...
Brigid
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Barney
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Black Cat
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George
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Cap Jackson
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 completely at odds with her daytime commitment to her children. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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teacher | bar | scoliosis | deaf | drugs | See All (98) »

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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13 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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Box Office

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$16,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Richard Brooks interviewed around 600 women who had read the film's source novel. This was so as to connect with the film's "magical key" which was the popularity of the book which had become a best seller. Brooks used the meetings for insight and feedback in preparation to make the picture. See more »

Goofs

Despite ostensibly being set in New York City, in the shot right before Theresa fantasizes about running into the street so Martin will hit her with his car, palm trees can clearly be seen reflected in the plate glass store window behind her. See more »

Quotes

Theresa: Honeymoon? I thought you went to get an abortion!
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.161 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

She's Lonely
Performed by Bill Withers
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Wonderfully disturbing. .
29 November 2000 | by (Coal Valley, IL) – See all my reviews

Well. . after viewing this movie for the first time, I must admit. . it is one of those movie experiences that you will remember for a very long time.

Released in 1977, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" must have shocked quite a few people with it's tale of sex, drugs . . . and more sex and drugs. Diane Keaton plays Theresa, an elementary school teacher specializing in deaf education who's nighttime excursions to the single's bars in New York City seldom bring her back to her apartment alone.

I must admit this movie was shocking to me throughout the first 2 hours. . but the last fifteen minutes will leave you breathless. . you must see this film. .


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