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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.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Judith Rossner (based on the novel by), Richard Brooks (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:
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
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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Mr. Goodbar See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mary Ellen Mark, a documentary photographer, was asked to go to bars and take pictures of the bars to play during the opening credits. The director rejected the pictures because they were "too realistic." See more »

Goofs

Despite ostensibly being set in New York City, 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 »

Quotes

Tony Lo Porto: Kiss my ass.
Theresa: I did.
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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 Dharma & Greg: Looking for the Goodbars (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons
Sung on a TV show
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Wonderfully disturbing. .
29 November 2000 | by UntouchableFace5See all my reviews

Well. . after viewing this movie for the first time, I must admit. . it is one of those movie experiences that you will remember for a very long time.

Released in 1977, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" must have shocked quite a few people with it's tale of sex, drugs . . . and more sex and drugs. Diane Keaton plays Theresa, an elementary school teacher specializing in deaf education who's nighttime excursions to the single's bars in New York City seldom bring her back to her apartment alone.

I must admit this movie was shocking to me throughout the first 2 hours. . but the last fifteen minutes will leave you breathless. . you must see this film. .


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