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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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Michael Crichton
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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 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the research conglomerate was Reston Industries, while the name of the research facility was Digital Matrix Inc. See more »

Goofs

Arriving at the scene of murder #3, the doctor pulls up to the apt building and looking up at the balcony, he recognizes which apartment is the murder victim's after reporting to police that he'd never been social with his clients and could not possibly be able to guess which apartment it was. 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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Looker
Music and Lyrics by Barry De Vorzon and Mike Towers (as Michael Towers)
Performed by Sue Saad
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"Looker" worth another look...
9 May 1999 | by Joshua FSee all my reviews

Nearing its 20th birthday, "Looker" still holds up today as a solid techno-thriller. Expertly tucking a government/industrial conspiracy beneath a blanket of computer-phobic tension, the film manages to predate the success of the "X-Files" before cyberspace became a household word.

Finney and Coburn are subtly superb in their roles, while Crichton (unintentionally) satirizes a media-saturated culture ripe for the string-pulling. Barry De Vorzon's score is hauntingly impressive (and sadly, unavailable in soundtrack form) as is the cheesy 80's title track performed by Sue Saad (later covered by Kim Carnes on her "Voyeur" album).

People have slammed the script for its lack of explanation... however, a 15-minute scene depicting a rather detailed "summing up" of the plot was deleted from the theatrical/home video cut, but did make the film's network TV airings. With or without the scene, the film is an often-overlooked gem I would strongly recommend to anyone in the mood for a slick, sci-fi thriller.


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