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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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Dr. Jim Belfield
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Tina Cassidy
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Lisa Convey
Michael Hawkins ...
Senator Robert Harrison (as Michael Gainsborough)
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Candy
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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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The first ever film to create 3D shading with a computer which produced the first ever CGI human character which was the model "Cindy" (Susan Dey). This movie achieved this feat before Disney's more famous TRON (1982) hit the screens. Website 'Filmsite' says 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 »

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At the conference near the end, when Dr. Larry Roberts is disguised as a security guard, during several sequences getting in and out of elevators the wound on the side of his mouth disappears and reappears. 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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HIGH WIRE
Music and Lyrics by Barry De Vorzon (as Barry DeVorzon) and Mike Towers (as Michael Towers)
Performed by Sue Saad
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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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