Looking for Mr. Goodbar

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

Directed by: Richard Brooks David Silver Marshall Schlom Alan Brimfeld
Genres: Drama,
Production Company: Paramount,

Looking for Mr. Goodbar -  - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 19-10-1977
  • Runtime: 135 Minutes
  • Popularity: 5.60
  • Vote Count: 73
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 22,512,655
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: N/A

Photo Name Character
Diane Keaton - Azwaad Movie Database Diane Keaton Theresa
Tuesday Weld - Azwaad Movie Database Tuesday Weld Katherine
William Atherton - Azwaad Movie Database William Atherton James
Richard Kiley - Azwaad Movie Database Richard Kiley Mr. Dunn
Richard Gere - Azwaad Movie Database Richard Gere Tony
Alan Feinstein - Azwaad Movie Database Alan Feinstein Martin
Tom Berenger - Azwaad Movie Database Tom Berenger Gary
Priscilla Pointer - Azwaad Movie Database Priscilla Pointer Mrs. Dunn
Laurie Prange - Azwaad Movie Database Laurie Prange Brigid
Joel Fabiani - Azwaad Movie Database Joel Fabiani Barney
Photo Name Department
Richard Portman-Sound Richard Portman Sound (Sound Re-Recording Mixer)
Richard Brooks-Writing Richard Brooks Writing (Screenplay)
Richard Brooks-Directing Richard Brooks Directing (Director)
Marion Dougherty-Production Marion Dougherty Production (Casting)
Thomas L. Roysden-Art Thomas L. Roysden Art (Leadman)
Judith Lamb-Production Judith Lamb Production (Casting)
Edward C. Carfagno-Art Edward C. Carfagno Art (Art Direction)
Jodie Lynn Tillen-Costume & Make-Up Jodie Lynn Tillen Costume & Make-Up (Costume Supervisor)
William A. Fraker-Camera William A. Fraker Camera (Director of Photography)
Ruby R. Levitt-Art Ruby R. Levitt Art (Set Decoration)

See Full Cast & Crew of Looking for Mr. Goodbar

John Chard

We're all hurt someplace and we're all looking for a painkiller. Looking for Mr. Goodbar is directed by Richard Brooks and Brooks adapts the screenplay from the Judith Rossner novel of the same name. It stars Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere, Alan Feinstein and Tom Berenger. Music is by Artie Kane and cinematography by William A. Fraker. Theresa Dunn (Keaton) is a dedicated schoolteacher to deaf children by day, but at night she cruises bars looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters. First off it should be noted that the Judith Rosner novel is based on the real life case of the 1973 murder of New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn. Also of note is that Rossner was not enamoured with this filmic adaptation. What we have here is a tragic tale set in the promiscuous pre AIDS era of 1970s America. It's a bleak observation of the swinging singles scene of the era, providing caution of patriarch pressures, religious suffocation and the dangers of casual encounters for sexual gratification. Is it any wonder the big hitting critics of the time were nonplussed by it?... The pic generated a lot of buzz for handsome new actor, Richard Gere, even if he does overact, it actually works in context to the brashness of the period. It also introduced Tom Berenger, in what is a frightening portrayal of a very sexually confused man. Tuesday Weld got a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for playing Theresa's sister, which was richly deserved, so much so one wishes she was in the film more. Yet it's Keaton who absolutely shines here, lifting an overlong picture to greater heights. Proving she had more in her armoury than merely playing kooks, Keaton imbues Theresa with a desperation and loneliness that is shattering for viewing purpose. The whole narrative bites with a crushing inevitability, that the nihilistic back drop can only bring pain and misery, and so it proves. Richard Brooks should have sliced at lest thirty minutes from the run time, especially given that the "Theresa fantasy sequences" just come off as pointless and take one out of the heartbeat of the story. Yet this is still a fine movie, not one to be cheered up by of course, but poignant, relative and with the real life story at the core, important. 7/10

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