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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | | Drama | 19 October 1977 (USA)
A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.


Richard Brooks


Judith Rossner (based on the novel by), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Theresa
Tuesday Weld ... Katherine
William Atherton ... James
Richard Kiley ... Mr. Dunn
Richard Gere ... Tony
Alan Feinstein ... Martin
Tom Berenger ... Gary
Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Dunn
Laurie Prange Laurie Prange ... Brigid
Joel Fabiani ... Barney
Julius Harris ... Black Cat
Richard Bright ... George
LeVar Burton ... Cap Jackson
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Mrs. Jackson
Carole Mallory ... Marvella


Theresa is a successful teacher of deaf children during the day but after a short unhappy affair starts to spend her nights cruising bars. Her craving first for sex but later also for drugs leads into increasingly demeaning and dangerous situations at odds with her daytime commitment to her children. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




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Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

19 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Mr. Goodbar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,837,976, 23 October 1977, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Black and White (still photograph montages)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diane Keaton and Tuesday Weld both dated Al Pacino. See more »


Despite ostensibly being set in San Francisco, in the shot right before Theresa fantasizes about running into the street so Martin will hit her with his car, palm trees can clearly be seen reflected in the plate glass store window behind her. See more »


Martin: Teaching's a waste of time, I'm writing a novel.
Theresa: Isn't everybody.
Martin: Getting divorced too.
Theresa: Isn't everybody.
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Crazy Credits

A still version of the Paramount logo is seen at the beginning, in black and white. See more »


Don't Ask to Stay Until Tomorrow
Music by Artie Kane
Lyrics by Carol Connors
Vocals by Marlena Shaw
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Gritty, Real, Unapologetic Look at Young Woman's Struggles
18 July 2016 | by brightsidesSee all my reviews

Saw this film on AMC last week and it still holds up. I first saw this film in 1977 as a college student living in a one room apt away from home for the first time, and it had a major impact on me. Diane Keaton made the move from the comedic heroine to the troubled Theresa Dunn, a sensitive, caring teacher by day, looking for love in all the wrong places at night. Her inner turmoil from her childhood disfiguring disease; to the relationship with her hard-nosed, Notre Dame loving, Irish Catholic father; to subsequent lovers is heartbreaking. Her search for the male attention and acceptance that she didn't receive at home is portrayed with honesty and depth by Keaton. Richard Kiley skillfully plays her father, who is of a different generation, where women knew "their place". He would rather turn and look the other way than face some hard family truths. It's evident that Teresa has a love/hate relationship with him when she refuses to accept the nice guy social worker, James, as a suitor mostly because her father admires him. She would rather engage in dead-end conquests than have a committed, romantic, relationship. Tuesday Weld was nominated for a Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as Kathryn, Teresa's high-flying, stewardess sister; who can do no wrong in her father's eyes. Richard Gere's energy is electric and frightening during his scenes with Teresa. He has the raw male sexuality and danger Teresa finds exciting yet she is clearly his intellectual superior. Interesting stuff. Tom Berenger is great as the sociopathic loser, and look for a split-second role for Brian Dennehey as a doctor. This movie can serve as both a cautionary tale and a history lesson....the sexual revolution never seemed so scary.

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