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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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Mr. Dunn
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Martin
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Gary
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Laurie Prange ...
Brigid
Joel Fabiani ...
Barney
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Cap Jackson
Marilyn Coleman ...
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Carole Mallory ...
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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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Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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$16,900,000 (USA)
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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

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

Martin: Teaching's a waste of time, I'm writing a novel.
Theresa: Isn't everybody.
Martin: Getting divorced too.
Theresa: Isn't everybody.
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Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
(1976)
Written by Donna Summer (uncredited), Giorgio Moroder (uncredited), Pete Bellotte (uncredited)
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Great performances, classic 70's cinema.
26 April 2005 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Will they PLEASE release this on DVD! As of now, it's only available on PAN/SCAN VHS. ....Diane Keaton reinvents herself, going astray from her Annie Hall persona. Her character is complex and it's entertaining to watch her evolve or de-evolve. The mood is classic gritty 70's. Sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, sometimes bleak. ...The ending is of course what will stick with you forever. It's hard to tell what director Richard Brooks wanted to say with this, but none the less, it's a good ride. Highly recommended. Apparently it created quite a stir when it came out, and even today, critics like Leonard Maltin still bring it down saying it's lewd and pointless. You be the judge. Like it or not it's still a good period piece, showing the seedier side of one young woman's life in the city. I can't wait to get this and watch it again -- if the studio ever gets the nerve to release it. I give it a good 9/10.


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