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

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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13 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

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Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,837,976, 23 October 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,900,000
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1.85 : 1
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This picture has had a very limited release on DVD with prices reflecting this accordingly. 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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Referenced in Seed of Chucky (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Hangover
(1975)
Written by Marilyn McLeod (uncredited), Pamela Sawyer (uncredited)
Performed by Diana Ross
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Not for everyone
29 July 2001 | by 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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