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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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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
Joel Fabiani ...
Barney
Julius Harris ...
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 <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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Trivia

Actress Diane Keaton's contract explicitly prohibited the manufacture of any production photograph stills from any "sexually suggestive" frames from the film's print. 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

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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Referenced in Dharma & Greg: Looking for the Goodbars (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Back Stabbers
(1972)
Written by Leon Huff (uncredited), Gene McFadden (uncredited), John Whitehead (uncredited)
Performed by The O'Jays
Courtesy of CBS 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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