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Looker -- Plastic surgeon Albert Finney goes after big business execs when he realizes his glamorous young patient Susan Dey is next in line for computerized cloning -- and murder.
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30 October 1981 (USA) See more »
If Looks Could Kill...
Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Dated, poorly written and directed, yet still not bad! See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Finney ... Dr. Larry Roberts

James Coburn ... John Reston

Susan Dey ... Cindy Fairmont

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Jennifer Long

Dorian Harewood ... Lieutenant Masters
Tim Rossovich ... Moustache Man

Darryl Hickman ... 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

Terry Kiser ... Commercial Director

Georgann Johnson ... Cindy's Mother
Richard Venture ... Cindy's Father
Anthony Charnota ... Master's Assistant
Terrence E. McNally ... Technician in Scanning Room (as Terrence McNally)
David Adams ... D.M.I. Guard

John Sanderford ... D.M.I. Policeman
Scott Mulhern ... D.M.I. Policeman
Arthur Taxier ... D.M.I. Truck Technician
Richard Milholland ... D.M.I. Truck Technician
Jeana Keough ... Suzy (as Jeana Tomasina)

Barry Jenner ... Commercial Producer
Derrel Maury ... Commercial Assistant Producer
Paul Jasmin ... Steve
Eloise Hardt ... Mrs. Emerson

Melissa Prophet ... Commercial Script Girl
Lila Christianson ... Tammy
Lorna Christianson ... Pammy
Gary Combs ... Non-Descript Man
Kelly Black ... Reston Girl
Kim Johnson ... Reston Girl
Lori Sutton ... Reston Girl

Vanna White ... Reston Girl
Jacqui Evans ... Reston Girl
Theresa Hunt ... Reston Girl
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Reston Girl (as Pamela Bryant)

Anita Merritt ... Reston Girl (as Juanita Merrit)
Carol Teasdale ... Reston Girl
Jackie Forsythe ... Reston Girl
Stefani Kiessig ... Reston Girl
Kathryn Redding ... Reston Girl
Lourinda Cordero ... Reston Girl
Pamela Bromshagen ... Reston Girl

Jerry Douglas ... Laxative Spokesman
Randi Brooks ... Girl in Bikini
Jesse Logan ... Exercise Instructor
Joseph G. Medalis ... Husband (as Joe Medalis)
Estelle Omens ... Wife
Steve Strong ... Warrior

Tawny Moyer ... Warrior Housewife
Dick Christie ... Father
Katherine De Hetre ... Mother (as Katherine DeHetre)

Allison Balson ... Daughter
Adam Farrar ... Son (as Adam Starr)
Joyce Fell ... Windsurfer
Jerry Flattery ... Windsurfer
Loring Pickering ... Windsurfer
Kelby Anno ... Windsurfer

Randall England ... New Wave Model
Irena Ferris ... New Wave Model
Gordon Gavin ... New Wave Model
Tom Holleron ... New Wave Model
Maile Souza ... New Wave Model
Cynthia Mobley ... New Wave Model
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Erwin ... Commercial Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Susanne Severeid ... Tour Guide (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Crichton 
Writing credits
Michael Crichton (written by)

Produced by
Howard Jeffrey .... producer
John Lugar .... associate producer
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon  (as Barry DeVorzon)
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann 
Film Editing by
Carl Kress 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Dean Edward Mitzner 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judith Cory)
Jene Fielder .... body makeup
Eric Serena .... hair designer: Ms. Dey
Production Management
Jack Roe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... first assistant director (as Scott Easton)
John T. Kretchmer .... second assistant director (as John Kretchmer)
Art Department
Gene Anderson .... assistant props
Barry Bedig .... property master
Bruce Behan .... special props supervisor
Cameron Birnie .... set designer
Nigel A. Boucher .... leadman (as Nigel Boucher)
Harold Broner .... construction coordinator
Frank L. Brown .... leadman (as Frank Brown)
Ron Frazier .... carpenter foreman
Daniel Gluck .... set designer
George Jenson .... illustrator
Daniel Maltese .... set designer
Joe Olsen .... assistant props
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (as Bill Skinner)
Bo Welch .... set designer (as Robert Welch)
Sound Department
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Marsha Hoke .... sound assistant
David J. Kimball .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Andrew Patterson .... sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles M. Wilborn .... production sound mixer (as Chuck Wilborn)
John S. Coffey .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Ballentine .... creative assistant: Information International, Inc.
Gary Demos .... technical supervisor: Information International, Inc.
Art Durinski .... creative assistant: Information International, Inc.
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process coordinator (as William Hansard Jr.)
Mark Jaffe .... technical assistant: Information International, Inc.
Michael Lawler .... 3D photographer: Information International, Inc.
Larry Malone .... creative assistant: Information International, Inc.
Malcolm McMillan .... technical assistant: Information International, Inc.
Craig Reynolds .... technical assistant: Information International, Inc.
Richard Taylor .... creative supervisor: Information International, Inc.
Bert Terreri .... optical services: Looker commercials "Liberty", "Ravish", "New Wave"
John Whitney Jr. .... marketing services: Information International, Inc.
Fred Waugh .... stunt coordinator
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Eurlyne Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer (as Mike Marlett)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Guy Polzel .... key grip
Timothy E. Wade .... camera operator (as Timothy Wade)
Frank Detone Jr. .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Culotta .... costumer: women
Victoria Snow .... costumer: women
Bruce Walkup .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Richard Ritchie .... color timer
Mary Scott .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Michael Boddicker .... musician: synthesizers
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Michael Tronick .... music editor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Fritz Braden .... transportation coordinator
Mike Padovich .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Janet Beroza .... production assistant
Kevin Alyn Elders .... assistant auditor (as Kevin Elders)
Vince Heileson .... auditor
Kathy Kenworthy Roe .... production secretary (as Kathleen Kenworthy)
Trish Kinney .... script supervisor
Rich Klein .... video consultant: Worldstage
Robert H. Kovoloff .... promotional services courtesy of
Judith Lovejoy .... assistant: Mr. Crichton
Vahan Moosekian .... location manager
Carolyn Ray .... assistant: Mr. Crichton
Art Sarno .... publicist
Brent Sellstrom .... video coordinator
Jacqueline Weiss .... assistant: Mr. Jeffrey
Anna Zappia .... production coordinator

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Writer-director Michael Crichton once said of this film: "Television commercials are already manipulative. That's exactly what they're supposed to do. I don't consider that kind of manipulation evil, but what would happen if someone with a bit more scientific knowledge began tampering with commercials?"See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Lisa Convey:You probably think I'm beautiful, Dr. Roberts, but I'm not. I have lots of defects to fix. I have a list right here. My nose is .2 millimeters too narrow. And my cheekbones are .4 millimeters too high. And my chin has a little .1 bump here. And my areola distance is 5 millimeters. And I have a mole here on my ribs. So I need plastic surgery.See more »
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Dated, poorly written and directed, yet still not bad!, 10 October 2003
Author: Snake-666 from England

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.

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