Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) Poster


The events depicted in both the book and the movie were inspired by the events surrounding the brutal real-life 1973 murder of twenty-seven year old New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn.
Actress Diane Keaton's contract explicitly prohibited the manufacture of any production photograph stills from any "sexually suggestive" frames from the film's print.
Tom Berenger admitted in an interview that he had nightmares after he was finished shooting all of his scenes as Gary.
Theatrical film debut of LeVar Burton.
Mary Ellen Mark, a documentary photographer, was asked to go to bars and take pictures of the bars to play during the opening credits. The director rejected the pictures because they were "too realistic."
One of the first theatrical feature films of actors Richard Gere and Tom Berenger. The picture was Gere's first stud role, something which would become a trademark of Gere's early career with Breathless (1983) and American Gigolo (1980).
This picture has had a very limited release on DVD with prices reflecting this accordingly.
In order to get artistic control and creative freedom, director Richard Brooks took the minimum scale director's fee plus % for directing the picture.
According to director Richard Brooks, actress Diane Keaton's salary was US $50,000 or about one third of her usual paycheck for a picture but with % points of profit.
Film debut of Brian Dennehy.
The film's source "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" novel was turned down for filming an adaptation by directors Mike Nichols, Sydney Pollack and Roman Polanski.
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).
The film was made and released about five years after the murder of 28 year old New York City school-teacher Roseann Quinn whose death the film and its source novel was based on.
Director Richard Brooks interviewed around 600 women who had read the film's source novel. This was so as to connect with the film's "magical key" which was the popularity of the book which had become a best seller. Brooks used the meetings for insight and feedback in preparation to make the picture.
"Mr Goodbar" is the name of a chocolate bar made by Hersheys.
One of two feature films that actress Diane Keaton starred in in 1977. The other film was Annie Hall (1977) for which Keaton won the Best Actress Academy Award. Keaton was not Oscar nominated for her performance in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). The movie did receive two Oscar noms though, for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Tuesday Weld) and Best Cinematography (William A. Fraker) but failed to win either.
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.
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Pepe Serna auditioned for the role of Tony.
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The scene when Theresa meets Tony starts with a closeup of the book "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo. Tony walks up and says, "Hey, I saw this movie. Pacino is something." Theresa smiles and just nods. Diane Keaton was in the movie "The Godfather.' She also had an on again/off again relationship with Al Pacino for several years.
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In the brief scene when Katherine's new husband Barney (Joel Fabiani) is introduced to her family, he also meets Mrs. Dunn (Priscilla Pointer) for the first time. Both Fabiani and Pointer had been at the San Francisco Actors' Workshop in the early 1960s, appearing together in stage plays such as "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi".
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One of a handful of films where Richard Gere, during his male sex symbol period, between the late 1970s and mid 1980s, appeared in an 18+ certificate type mainstream movie which was an erotic drama. The pictures include Breathless (1983), No Mercy (1986), American Gigolo (1980), Beyond the Limit (1983), and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977).
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A quote from Gary (Tom Berenger) - "I'm a pitcher not a catcher, and don't you forget that." Twelve years later, in Major League (1989), Berenger played Cleveland Indians player Jake Taylor. In the movie, Jake Taylor is a catcher.
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