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Release Date:
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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  (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 Teesdale ... Reston Girl (as Carol Teasdale)
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

Richard Christie ... Father (as Dick Christie)
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 .... re-recording mixer
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Andrew Patterson .... sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... 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
Location Management
Vahan Moosekian .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Boddicker .... musician: synthesizers
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator
Michael Tronick .... music editor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
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
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?

In the early 1980s Albert Finney was in high demand as he made nine movies in three years. In fact, he ended his work on this movie on a Friday and and went to work on the movie Shoot The Moon on the following Monday.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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...See more »
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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Author: Bill Treadway ( from Queens, New York

Michael Crichton's "Looker" is a challenging and intelligent thriller that's better than you would expect. Since most reviews of the film are negative, that's created an unfair bias against it. That's a shame because this film is a pleasure to watch.

The plot is like a Rubik's Cube. Just when you thought you had it figured out, WHAM!! a twist comes out of nowhere and confounds the viewer. That's one of the films' pleasures.

The stylish photography is another plus. A key part of all of Crichton's films is the flashy, stylish photography and that's no exception here. Shot by Paul Lohmann in Panavision, "Looker" often looks and feels like "Westworld" mixed with "Coma" polished with lemon pledge. It's atmospheric and great to look at.

The performances are another key. Albert Finney, entering the horror cycle of his career (with this and another 1981 release "Wolfen", which contains many of the same elements that make this so good), projects fear and calm every scene he's in and it's another strong performance from one of our most underrated actors (he's never won an Oscar; a thought that boggled the mind). It seems fitting that he's paired up with another underrated actor, James Coburn. In a time where he was making one horrible film after another (until his renaissance in 1997), it's good to see him in a good film for a change.

I have some problems with the plot, mostly things that are left unexplained (the American TV/European theatrical version restores 15 minutes of story that fills in these holes) Now that I think about it, that's a good thing. Crichton wants us to be confused just like his hero and part of the fun is figuring everything out as he does.

"Looker" is a film that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as "Westworld", "Coma" and "The Great Train Robbery". It shows impeccable skill and masterful direction that lesser talents have shown in bigger hits than this. It's worth a look.

**** out of 4 stars

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