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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
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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Drama | Romance

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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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(still photograph montages)| (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Judith Rossner had been first published in 1975. 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

Gary: In my neighbourhood if you didn't fight you were a fruit. In prison if you didn't fight you spread ass.
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Connections

Referenced in Seed of Chucky (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Leave Me This Way
(1975)
Written by Kenny Gamble (uncredited), Leon Huff (uncredited), Cary Gilbert (uncredited)
Performed by Thelma Houston
Courtesy of Motown Records
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A MEMORABLE ONE OF A KIND FILM.DIANE KEATON IS SUPERB
27 September 2000 | by (ny,ny) – See all my reviews

DIANE KEATON IS MAGNIFICENT IN RICHARD BROOKS' OUTSTANDING ADAPTATION OF JUDITH ROSSNER'S NOVEL. A quarter of a century later, this unforgettable film still packs quite a wallop. Only slightly dated,it's the story of a sexually repressed, disabled young Roman Catholic girl and her sexual awakening in the wild '70s. In virtually every scene, Keaton gives one of the greatest performances in film history. Aided by a great soundtrack and superb support from Tuesday Weld and Richard Kiley, the film also features the breakthrough performances by Richard Gere and Tom Berenger, destined to become two of our biggest actors of the '80s. You'll never forget them, especially Berenger in an offbeat role that was quite a risk for an up-and-coming actor. Like it or hate it, you've got to admit there has never been a film like this on the screen.


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