MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 569 this week

Looker (1981)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 2,808 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 40 critic

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 16 Feb 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Looker" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Looker (1981)

Looker (1981) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Looker.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response his brain.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton
Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down
Westworld (1973)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

Director: Michael Crichton
Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin
Wolfen (1981)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dr. Peter Carey is a pathologist at a Boston hospital. The daughter of the hospital's Chief of Staff dies after an illegal abortion goes wrong, and Carey's friend and colleague Dr. David ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: James Coburn, Jennifer O'Neill, Pat Hingle
Futureworld (1976)
Thriller | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two reporters, Tracy and Chuck, get a message from a third one who discovered something about "Futureworld" and becomes killed before he could tell anyone about it. They visit Futureworld ... See full summary »

Director: Richard T. Heffron
Stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill
Loophole (1981)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Director: John Quested
Stars: Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

Directors: John McTiernan, Michael Crichton
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Diane Venora, Vladimir Kulich
Millennium (1989)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An NTSB investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster meets a warrior woman from 1000 years in the future.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Daniel J. Travanti
Alpha Beta (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The burning end of an unhappy relationship.

Director: Anthony Page
Stars: Albert Finney, Rachel Roberts
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

While doing a story on the intrusion of surreptitious surveillance in peoples' private lives, a television reporter rents some surveillance equipment to get a feel for what it's like to spy... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Jim McMullan, Katherine Woodville, James A. Watson Jr.
Beyond Westworld (TV Series 1980)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The security chief of an android manufacturing company must stop a mad scientist using the failed theme park's androids for his own ends.

Stars: Jim McMullan, James Wainwright, William Jordan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dr. Larry Roberts
...
...
...
Jennifer Long
...
Lieutenant Masters
Tim Rossovich ...
Moustache Man
...
Dr. Jim Belfield
Kathryn Witt ...
Tina Cassidy
Terri Welles ...
Lisa Convey
Michael Hawkins ...
Senator Robert Harrison (as Michael Gainsborough)
Ashley Cox ...
Candy
Donna Kei Benz ...
Ellen (as Donna Benz)
Catherine Parks ...
Jan
...
Commercial Director
...
Cindy's Mother
Edit

Storyline

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If Looks Could Kill...

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Belas São Assassinadas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first ever film to create 3D shading with a computer that produced the first ever CGI human character was the model Cindy (Susan Dey). This movie achieved this feat before Disney's more famous TRON (1982) hit the screens. The Web site Filmsite said of Cindy: "Her digitization was visualized by a computer-generated simulation of her body being scanned--notably the first use of shaded 3D CGI in a feature film. Polygonal models obtained by digitizing a human body were used to render the effects." See more »

Goofs

At precisely 4:50 (DVD timing), when the model opens her apartment door and her dog barks, you can clearly see the trainer's hand motioning for the dog to turn around (lower right hand corner of the screen). See more »

Quotes

John Reston: Television can control public opinion more effectively than armies of secret police, because television is entirely voluntary. The American government forces our children to attend school, but nobody forces them to watch T.V. Americans of all ages *submit* to television. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? ...
See more »

Connections

Features The Lucy Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

"Flute Concerto, Op.10, No.2, RV439, La notte) (uncredited)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dated, poorly written and directed, yet still not bad!
10 October 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Dr. Larry Roberts (Albert Finney) is a top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who finds himself embroiled in a sinister mind-control conspiracy. After three of his patients are killed in suspicious circumstances, Larry takes it upon himself to protect the apparent next victim, Cindy (the beautiful Susan Dey) and also solve the mystery.

‘Looker' is possibly director Michael Crichton's most criminally underrated film. Admittedly the screenplay often leaves a lot to be desired but the initial premise is both intriguing and fear-provoking. Crichton's script makes some rather fascinating, and in hindsight rather perceptive, comments about how corporations can abuse both the media and the general public simply through the use of television. Towards the end a particularly pertinent speech is made by John Reaston (James Coburn) on how the general public is willing to submit automatically to the enormous power that television possesses. However, much of the power that ‘Looker' could have potentially possessed is lost with poor pacing, inappropriate and unrealistic dialogue and a couple of major plot-holes. In fact, some eminent questions remain unanswered and the movie ends on a sort of anti-climatic note.

Crichton's direction appears to be somewhat disjointed as the pace of the movie alternates constantly. To begin with ‘Looker' has the correct proportion of suspense to action and is quite thrilling to behold. Unfortunately, certain scenes such as a car chase drag on and become somewhat tedious. One particular sequence of events towards the end of the movie drags on for fifteen minutes and while to begin with is compellingly suspenseful, the sequence begins to feel old and certainly spoils what could have been an effective ending. ‘Looker' also suffers from some particular bland performances, particularly from central actor Albert Finney. His performance was predominantly lacklustre and featured uninspired sequences in which Finney would avoid gunfire by unenthusiastically throwing himself across the floor. That being said Finney did seem to fit the role of Larry Roberts and was fairly entertaining to watch. Susan Dey and James Coburn were both enjoyable in their respective roles and one wonders why more was not done with their characters. Had more time been spent trying to develop these characters then maybe something more could have been done with the movie.

Surprisingly, despite all its flaws ‘Looker' is still somewhat compelling. It is certainly not Crichton's best film but is still vastly underrated in my opinion. The opening sequence is suspenseful and intriguing which is occasionally echoed throughout the rest of the movie, though unfortunately not enough. ‘Looker' is blessed with some wickedly delightful black humour, particularly towards the end and a bizarre, yet mesmerizing, electric musical score from Barry de Vorzon. Some fans will be happy to know that there are unnecessary scenes of full frontal nudity, including one from Susan Dey. The humorous overtones of that particular scene undoubtedly shine through. The ideas of hypnotic and subliminal messaging are what make ‘Looker' compelling even though the film is still heavily damaged by the lack of decent characterisation and storytelling. I think ‘Looker' is worth watching but is most certainly not to everyone's taste. My rating for ‘Looker' – 6.5/10.


23 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What about Farrah Fawcett?!? ChiefEngr
Is LOOKER the most DUMBLY EDITED mainstream film of all time? HighPlainsFlabster
The L.O.O.K.E.R. Gun (an awesome concept!) ashthecat3
Opened against Halloween II VINCE-61
Soundtrack!? brockabbe
Tim Rossovich clintc73
Discuss Looker (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?