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Looker (1981)

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Writer-director Michael Crichton's suspense tale stars Albert Finney as a plastic surgeon whose clients keep turning up dead.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Warner Home Video

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Cast

Albert Finney
as Dr. Larry Roberts
James Coburn
as John Reston
Susan Dey
as Cindy
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Jennifer Long
Dorian Harewood
as Lt. Masters
Tim Rossovich
as Moustache Man
Darryl Hickman
as Dr. Jim Belfield
Michael D. Gainsborough
as Senator Harrison
Ashley Cox
as Candy
Terry Kiser
as Commercial Director
Georgann Johnson
as Cindy's Mother
Richard Venture
as Cindy's Father
Anthony Charnota
as Master's Assistant
Terrence E. McNally
as Technician in Scanning Room
David Adams
as D.M.I. Guard
John Sanderford
as D.M.I. Policeman
Scott Mulhern
as D.M.I. Policeman
Arthur Taxier
as D.M.I. Truck Technician
Richard Milholland
as D.M.I. Truck Technician
Barry Jenner
as Commercial Producer
Derrel Maury
as Commercial Assistant Producer
Paul Jasmin
as Steve
Eloise Hardt
as Mrs. Emerson
Melissa Prophet
as Commercial Script Girl
Gary Combs
as Non-Descript Man
Kelly Black
as Reston Girl
Kim Marie Johnson
as Reston Girl
Lori Sutton
as Reston Girl
Vanna White
as Reston Girl
Jacqui Evans
as Reston Girl
Theresa Hunt
as Reston Girl
Pamela Jean Bryant
as Reston Girl
Juanita Merrit
as Reston Girl
Carol Teasdale
as Reston Girl
Jackie Forsythe
as Reston Girl
Stefani Kiessig
as Reston Girl
Kathryn Redding
as Reston Girl
Lourinda Cordero
as Reston Girl
Pamela Bromshagen
as Reston Girl
Jerry Douglas
as Laxative Spokesman
Randi Brooks
as Girl in Bikini
Jesse Logan
as Exercise Instructor
Joe Medalis
as Husband
Steve Strong
as Warrior
Tawny Moyer
as Warrior Housewife
Dick Christie
as Father
Allison Balson
as Daughter
Joyce Fell
as Windsurfer
Jerry Flattery
as Windsurfer
Loring Pickering
as Windsurfer
Kelby Anno
as Windsurfer
Randall England
as New Wave Model
Irena Ferris
as New Wave Model
Gavin Gordon
as New Wave Model
Tom Holleron
as New Wave Model
Maile Souza
as New Wave Model
Cynthia Mobley
as New Wave Model
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Critic Reviews for Looker

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

A silly and unconvincing contempo sci-fi thriller.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Tediously convoluted.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The plot is pretty silly but Mr. Crichton's handling of it is even sillier, though it is bold.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This confusing, silly story from writer-director Michael Crichton concerns hypnotic TV commercials, models, and stun guns.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
TV Guide

...there's little doubt that Looker would've worked a whole lot better as a novel...

Full Review… | February 14, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Looker's surface pleasures are undeniable

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Looker

Hollywood should have learned its lesson - actors & writers are not directors. If Crichton stayed in the writer's chair, a real director could have made a nice little thriller here. "Looker" had an interesting premise and style but immediately plunged into a meaningless waste of 2 hours. Susan Dey, matured from Laurie Partridge into a beautiful actress, served no purpose but to look nice. James Coburn was completely unnecessary, except for box office sales. And the "cat & mouse" detective Dorian Harewood vs. person of interest Albert Finney loses credibility after they reveal the killer early on. This was 1980, the year we entered the age of computers, video games & TV editing consoles. Crichton used these themes only to steer this movie into an outdated digital-video mess.

Michael Fabiano
Michael Fabiano
½

Stylish, but too complicated for its own good, Looker aims to make some political statements but gets lost in a sea of unintelligible, inconsistent garbage.

Alex Suszko
Alex Suszko

I loved this flick and the required stretch of the imagination, wasn't that far fetched for me. Consider this film in light of current and improving CGI technology. If/when the technology is good enough, flesh and blood actors could become obsolete. Think of it: being able to bring back to life some of the really, really great actors. Wow! And the current and not so recent past crop of so called "good actors", Are, well honestly and with very few exceptions, simply pitiful. I personally can't wait. â¢--⢠Russell Johnson.

Russell Johnson
Russell Johnson

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