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Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Theresa
... Katherine
... James
... Mr. Dunn
... Tony
... Martin
... Gary
... Mrs. Dunn
Laurie Prange ... Brigid
... Barney
... Black Cat
... George
... Cap Jackson
Marilyn Coleman ... Mrs. Jackson
... Marvella
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Storyline

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}

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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13 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Mr. Goodbar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$16,900,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Mr Goodbar" is the name of a chocolate bar made by Hersheys. See more »

Goofs

In the book, Theresa's sister Katherine goes to Puerto Rico to procure an abortion during a scene that takes place in the mid-1960s. In the movie, the timeline is changed so that this scene is set in 1975, two years after abortion was legalized by the Roe v. Wade ruling, making the trip to Puerto Rico unnecessary. See more »

Quotes

Theresa: Go set the world on fire.
Tony Lo Porto: On a couple of bucks!
Theresa: Find a smaller world.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Six Feet Under: The Dare (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by party goers on New Year's Eve
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Not for everyone
29 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film last year and I was completely blown away. It's amazing to see how meticulously Theresa's double life has been put together. The scenes are tightly knit in such a way as to not only emphasize the differences between Theresa's multiple roles (patient and kind teacher, lover of many, disco-freak, junkie) but also to steadily bring the story to an unforgettable climax. Diane Keaton is great in a demanding role and should have been nominated for an Academy award.

This is a masterpiece about the complexity of the human soul - although I don't think it has been / will ever be appreciated by many. Conventional life leaders, stay away, you won't even begin to understand this.

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