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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | | Drama | 13 March 1978 (Sweden)
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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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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Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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$16,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Teresa meets Tony in the bar, she is reading "The Godfather", just as she does in the original novel. He comments that he has seen the movie. Diane Keaton (Teresa) plays the part of Kay in The Godfather (1972). 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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Connections

Referenced in Night Court: Looking for Mr. Shannon (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Could It Be Magic
(1976)
( Barry Manilow and Adrienne Anderson)
Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of Casablanca Record & FilmWorks
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One of the Best Performances of Diane Keaton
17 March 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Theresa (Diane Keaton) is the daughter of a very rigid catholic father, and has a serious trauma with a scoliosis she had due to a congenital problem. When she was a teenager, she suffered a lot to heal the scoliosis, being immobilized for one year after many surgeries. When she graduates in teacher for deaf people, she decides to get free from her father and to live alone in a rented apartment. She finds a job in a specialized school, where she is a lovely and affectionate teacher with her kids during the day. However, in the night, like Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, she searches for sexual freedom cruising bars, having sex with the most different men, having a promiscuous and very low life. James (William Atherton), is the only distinct man she meets and she despises him. Her promiscuous life ends in a very tragic way.

I watched this movie in 1977 and I was very impressed with the role and the performance of Diane Keaton. In the same year, Diane Keaton was the star of "Annie Hall", and I found this actress fantastic, capable of acting in the most different roles. Unfortunately, "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" has never been released on VHS, DVD or Blu-Ray in Brazil, and I have not had the chance to see this movie again. However, last month a cable TV channel presented it, I recorded it and yesterday I watched it again. The story is still good, but has aged. Although being a long movie, the reason why Theresa is promiscuous is not clear enough. There is oppression of her catholic family (specially her father), guilty problem due to the religion, there is the trauma of her congenital disease, explaining why she does not want to have babies, the sexual liberation of the woman in the 70's, but some explanation is missing. There is a scene that is very funny in the present days with AIDS, when Theresa laughs of James, because he used condom for having sex with her. Richard Gere has a performance very similar to his characters in 'American Gigolo' and 'Breathless', having the same movements of his body, hitting objects with his fingers like a drum etc. It is amazing the resemblance of his face at that time with the Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'À Procura de Mr. Goodbar' ('Looking For Mr. Goodbar')

Note: On 17 February 2015, I saw this movie again.


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