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Looker (1981)

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Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kathryn Witt ... Tina Cassidy
Terri Welles Terri Welles ... Lisa Convey
Michael Hawkins Michael Hawkins ... Senator Robert Harrison (as Michael Gainsborough)
Ashley Cox ... Candy
Donna Kei Benz Donna Kei Benz ... Ellen (as Donna Benz)
Catherine Parks ... Jan
Terry Kiser ... Commercial Director
Georgann Johnson ... Cindy's Mother
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Storyline

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

If looks could kill...

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Belas São Assassinadas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,282,232
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first ever film to create 3D shading with a computer that produced the first ever CGI human character was the model Cindy (Susan Dey). This movie achieved this feat before Disney's more famous TRON (1982) hit the screens. The Web site Filmsite said of Cindy: "Her digitization was visualized by a computer-generated simulation of her body being scanned--notably the first use of shaded 3D CGI in a feature film. Polygonal models obtained by digitizing a human body were used to render the effects." See more »

Goofs

Lieutenant Masters arrives on the scene where the model has fallen from the balcony. His car's tires squeal to a halt, yet we see that his car pulls to a normal stop. See more »

Quotes

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. Television is the American ideal. Persuasion without coercion. Nobody makes us watch. Who could have predicted that a *free* people would voluntarily spend one fifth of their lives sitting in front of a *box* with pictures? ...
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Alternate Versions

The broadcast television version contains additional footage, including a scene where Reston (James Coburn) explains to Dr. Roberts (Albert Finney and Cindy ('Susan Dey') why Digital Matrix had the "perfect" models killed. See more »

Connections

Featured in Room 237 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Looker
Music and Lyrics by Barry De Vorzon and Mike Towers (as Michael Towers)
Performed by Sue Saad
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The culture of manipulation
9 July 2012 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Susan Dey is Cindy Fairmont, a patient of plastic surgeon Dr. Roberts (Albert Finney), who might be the next one targeted for murder after his previous patients have been killed for apparently being too pretty. Roberts is about to uncover a huge sprawling conspiracy involving high-tech research company, Digital Matrix.

A somewhat prophetic little film that again has author Crichton mining his massive mistrust of technological advancements. Much of the movie is absolutely married to the '80s but there are certain elements of the film that are very much still relevant to today. I liked the film on the whole, but it does drag on in places. Furthermore I kind of wished that it would have been as scathing to the superficiality of the cosmetic surgery business as it was technology, but that's a more personal gripe.

Eye Candy: Terri Welles gets topless; Susan Day goes fully nude


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