Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Photos
as Tony Lo Porto
as Mr. Dunn
as Cap Jackson
as Gary Cooper White
as Theresa Dunn
as Black Cat
as Mrs. Dunn
as Brigid Dunn
as Mrs. Jackson
as Little Theresa
Critic Reviews for Looking for Mr. Goodbar
What makes the film ... so fascinating and repellent at once is precisely the confusion and anxiety it articulates about women's sexual freedom.
In Looking for Mr Goodbar, writer-director Richard Brooks manifests his ability to catch accurately both the tone and subtlety of characters in the most repellant environments.
Judith Rossner's calculated bestseller, about a contemporary woman's sexuality and her 'descent' into the world of New York singles bars, gets what it deserves in this old-fashioned adaptation.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar is very much worth seeing, particularly for the Diane Keaton performance.
Goodbar features flash forwards and flashbacks, hallucinations so hammy they would fit right into a Naked Gun movie and religious and sexual subtext so heavy-handed you'd think if a studio couldn't get Oliver Stone, Brooks would be next on the speed dial.
Brooks, hardly a great director, doesn't quite pull off this adaptation of the Rossner novel.
Audience Reviews for Looking for Mr. Goodbar
A provocative edgy drama based on the best-selling novel by Judith Rossner, about a repressed young teacher named Theresa Dunn, brilliantly played by Diane Keaton in a powerful and emotionally complex performance. whose initially innocent search to find a man of her dreams escalates into promiscuous and dangerous encounters with men she meets in bars, she begins to wallow endlessly in her new "liberated" sexual lifestyle, the thrill of the evening trysts, which eventually involves drugs and violence has her life spinning out of control with this self-destructive behavior. Diane Keaton wonderfully balances the dual aspect of her character's life, by day a outwardly caring teacher to deaf children living a banal existence, and by night a drug-fueled bar tramp, this film is a indictment against the sexual attitudes of the 70s, where disco was the music and coke and weed was the new drugs of choice, the sexual revolution was at it's peak here, before herpes and AIDS made their dreaded entrance. This is one of the few and rare instances where the film is better than the book, thanks to the brilliant screenplay and direction of Richard Brooks. It is difficult to watch at times but this film is pure cinema at it's highest level. Superlative performances from Tuesday Weld, Richard Kiley, William Atherton, Priscilla Pointer, Tom Berenger and Richard Gere in a memorable turn as a hyperactive hustler. Shocking then it is thought-provoking now, and builds to a unforgettable and shattering climax. Highly Recommended.
Diane Keaton's performance is stunning. And I am fairly certain that I have dated Richard Gere's character. However, I was a bit disappointed that the movie veered away from the book. It is a more interesting story for Theresa to have a self-destructive bent. She picks up guys because she knows they'll be trouble. In the movie she is just a hedonist.
Former good girl Theresa(Diane Keaton) moves out of her parent''s home to forge a life of her own. During the day she teaches deaf children, but at night she turns into into a promiscuous drug using, party-girl frequenting singles bars. Theresa goes to one last bar and brings home one last stranger. Richard Brooks's LFMG is a straight fwd story with a fascinating character played by Keaton and good supporting roles by Richard Gere and Tuesday Weld and Tom Beranger. Brooks is quite good bringing the 70's vibe with disco music and dark drinking bars and the love Keaton has for deaf children.