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Looker (1981)

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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 »

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Dr. Larry Roberts
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Jennifer Long
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Lieutenant Masters
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Moustache Man
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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
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Commercial Director
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Cindy's Mother
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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

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If Looks Could Kill...

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30 October 1981 (USA)  »

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As Belas São Assassinadas  »

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LOOKER is an acronym in the film that stands for Light Ocular-Oriented Kinetic Emotive Responders. It has a double-meaning as its dictionary definition defines it as a very attractive person; in this movie, it refers to good-looking female models. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Roberts is looking for a hiding place for the key card, the clock on his bookshelf indicates that the time is 2.30. Seconds later, it has jumped forward 15 minutes, showing 2.45. We know this is before he's been hypnotized because the negative effect hasn't been used yet and the background music has been playing continuously. See more »

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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? ...
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"Flute Concerto, Op.10, No.2, RV439, La notte) (uncredited)
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"Looker" worth another look...
9 May 1999 | by (Redondo Beach, California USA) – See all my reviews

Nearing its 20th birthday, "Looker" still holds up today as a solid techno-thriller. Expertly tucking a government/industrial conspiracy beneath a blanket of computer-phobic tension, the film manages to predate the success of the "X-Files" before cyberspace became a household word.

Finney and Coburn are subtly superb in their roles, while Crichton (unintentionally) satirizes a media-saturated culture ripe for the string-pulling. Barry De Vorzon's score is hauntingly impressive (and sadly, unavailable in soundtrack form) as is the cheesy 80's title track performed by Sue Saad (later covered by Kim Carnes on her "Voyeur" album).

People have slammed the script for its lack of explanation... however, a 15-minute scene depicting a rather detailed "summing up" of the plot was deleted from the theatrical/home video cut, but did make the film's network TV airings. With or without the scene, the film is an often-overlooked gem I would strongly recommend to anyone in the mood for a slick, sci-fi thriller.


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