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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 at odds with her daytime commitment to her children. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Plot Keywords:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,837,976 (USA) (23 October 1977)

Gross:

$16,900,000 (USA)
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(still photograph montages)| (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Pepe Serna auditioned for the role of Tony. 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: I'm alone, I'm not lonely. I'm depressed - you're depressing me.
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Connections

Referenced in 'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by Diane Keaton and her students
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Not for everyone
29 July 2001 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I saw this film last year and I was completely blown away. It's amazing to see how meticulously Theresa's double life has been put together. The scenes are tightly knit in such a way as to not only emphasize the differences between Theresa's multiple roles (patient and kind teacher, lover of many, disco-freak, junkie) but also to steadily bring the story to an unforgettable climax. Diane Keaton is great in a demanding role and should have been nominated for an Academy award.

This is a masterpiece about the complexity of the human soul - although I don't think it has been / will ever be appreciated by many. Conventional life leaders, stay away, you won't even begin to understand this.

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