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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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Brigid
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Barney
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Black Cat
Richard Bright ...
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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13 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

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Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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$16,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Tom Berenger admitted in an interview that he had nightmares after he was finished shooting all of his scenes as Gary. 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: Go set the world on fire.
Tony Lo Porto: On a couple of bucks!
Theresa: Find a smaller world.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Lowdown
(1976)
Written by Boz Scaggs (uncredited), David Paich (uncredited)
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Under-rated classic.

Diane Keaton stars as a first grade teacher for deaf students by day. And at night she is a player at single's bars seeking sexual gratification. When this came out critic's ratings were very mixed. But I can tell you, it is very well acted and very well made. And even though it is a bit overlong, it remains a fascinating portrait from the start all the way to its shocking and disturbing ending. By the way, Tuesday Weld is excellent, and makes very effective use of her limited screen time. Rating 9 out of 10.


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