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Looker (2007)

Albert Finney , Susan Dey , Michael Crichton  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-young
  • Directors: Michael Crichton
  • Writers: Michael Crichton
  • Producers: Howard Jeffrey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JP4N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Looker" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Introduction and commentary by Michael Crichton
  • First-time widescreen video release
  • Theatrical trailer

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Looker (DVD)

Someone is killing the supermodel clients of Hollywood plastic surgeon Albert Finney, and because this is a Michael Crichton movie, there has to be a pop-techno-scientific reason for it. Welcome to the daffy world of Looker, a 1981 film that manages to blend one or two interesting cultural ideas with a dismal storyline and a wonderfully cheesy early-Reagan-era look. The trail of murders leads to a corporation called Digital Matrix (Crichton always was prophetic about naming things), where head honcho James Coburn has launched a nonsensical plan involving TV commercials and mind control. Accused of the model deaths, Finney must track down the real culprit, aided by client Susan Dey (in her most appealing non-TV role). There's also a crazy "light gun" that causes victims to black out, a device that leads to some very strange shoot-outs. All of this might have been fun if the movie had any kind of suspense or distinctive characters. Albert Finney made this the same year he did Wolfen, after a hiatus from movie acting--a pair of eccentric choices, to be sure. Adding to the silliness is a truly wretched theme song, made the way they made 'em in the early '80s. --Robert Horton

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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars why they were doing it - response to ophomike June 22, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
this is in response to ophomike's great featured review, wherein he felt there was an unanswered question. namely, why were they killing all the models if they just wanted to use computer doubles to get perfect performances?
i haven't seen the film recently, but i think - if i recall correctly - the reason was explained by coburn at one point. besides the issue of perfect performances, building computer models also meant that they didn't have to deal with the flakiness and mood swings of real actresses and - most importantly - they could use their image forever without ever having to pay them. they would pay the models to submit to the series of full body scans, do some filming in private, and then the models would die. since no one knew of their process, they would keep using the model's image indefinitely wthout ever paying anyone any royalties because everyone would assume all of the "filmed" content had been done prior to the model's death.
one of my favorite parts was susan dey in the scanning sarcophagus with all the grid lines projected onto her as she was rotated. it was in this creepy, dark, deserted lab - but her agency had arranged it, so she didn't ask any questions. haha. oh, and also the scene where a model feels she's being stalked in her own apartment, even though she doesn't see anyone (too many diet pills?) and she then proceeds to work herself up into a fever pitch until she manages to tangle herself up in the drapes and fall over and out the window... now, i can accept the fact that she was at some point zapped with the black-out gun and then lost bodily control, but please - her little model body did not weigh enough to rip those draperie hooks off the rod. haha.
i love this movie and forgive me if my memory has clouded about the details. as a kid, this film left a lasting impression on me and i'm sure it played a part in my fascination (my whole age group's fascination, perhaps) with sinister technology and corporate conspiracy.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Models & Media March 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I used to watch this film on cable ALL THE TIME growing up in the 80's. What I've found over the years is how close we are coming to the realities presented in this film. This film is becoming more and more ironic and brillant each year. It HAS to come out on DVD...PLEASE!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Discovery! September 14, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I recently saw this movie for the first time, and I'll have to say that it was better than I expected! Although I think there are some plot holes and a little lack of explanation, the movie is still very entertaining, thought-provoking, and it holds up pretty well against today's movies of the same type. Great directing by Chrichton and good acting by Albert Finney. I especially liked how Finney's character tried to act intelligent and rational in every tense situation he got into, unlike a lot of heroes in modern films. I also really liked the concept of the weapon that they used which caused people to blank out without knowing it! Some really cool scenes using that, plus, an very entertaining (and slightly humorous) ending sequence! Chrichton scores again! For anyone who hasn't seen this movie yet, pay no attention to Leanard Maltin's review, I disagree with it completely! Just because this movie is old, don't pass it up.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique May 4, 2004
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This is a rather unique film, though the commercials in the movie are rather cheesy, but funny which adds to the essence of the film. The music, acting and dialog are your typical 80's style. I guess that's why I love movies from the 1980's. I highly recommend this film who has a Sci-Fi interest. Albert Finney and Susan Dey do a great job.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film -- terrible transfer March 11, 2007
"Looker" is a very stylish film and was always one of my favorite Michael Crighton efforts (even better than "Westworld") and I would have rated it a solid 4 stars if it weren't for this *terrible* transfer job they did on it.

The problem is not with clarity, color or sound -- it's with the film gate. They must have used the absolute worst machine in the world, because the image constantly moves even during static scenes.

If you watch this on a small (26" or smaller) set it may not bother you, but anything larger will drive you crazy, I can assure you. Which is a terrible shame, because this little sleeper of a film (it went almost unnoticed when released) is worth seeing.

It contains one of Crighton's favorite themes -- tech misused or gone out of control -- and has the great Albert Finney giving a rare performance as an adventure hero.

My advice -- definitely don't buy this film. Rent it from Netflix and give it a watch, particularly if you don't have a nice big screen TV. Perhaps if and when this is released on high def they'll do a much better job (and then it would indeed be worth a buy).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warner has created quite a "Looker" February 4, 2007
Michael Crichton's workman-like thriller "Looker" made over twenty years ago looked into the digital age of today.

It seems someone is killing the clients of plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Roberts after they have been signed by a specific agency for advertising. Roberts becomes curious and unravels a conspirarcy that will guarantee perfect models forever that never have tandrums, never have to be paid and never grow old. Unfortunately Cindy (Susan Dey) a model that Larry has become involved with seems to be next on the hit list. Featuring a strong supporting cast including James Coburn, "Looker" retains its sleek model curves and nearly flawless surface 20+ years on. The story does have some holes in it but if you're willing to over look some of the flaws of the film you'll enjoy it.

A flawed suspense thriller "Looker" was clearly ahead of the curve when it came to the use of digital images to replicate human beings. This was one of Finney's first role after being away from films for four years (the other two were equally odd choices--
"Wolfen" and "Loophole"). Crichton does a good job with his own material here even setting up the sequences with the "black out" gun so that it's clear to viewers something weird is going on. "Looker" succeeds as long as you are willing to suspend your disbelief and although it's not his best film ("Westworld", "Coma" and "The Great Train Robbery" would be his best), the strong performances and fascinating ideas for the film (which was, like a lot of Crichton's work way ahead of its time)will make this an enjoyable and entertaining flick.


Warner has created quite a "Looker". The film receives a very nice, clean transfer to DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! It's very dated because the sci-fi technology ...
Loved it! It's very dated because the sci-fi technology which didn't exist when the film was made, now all exists except for one item. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michael J. Sackmary
4.0 out of 5 stars When Perfection can Kill
I watched this in the theater after Michael Crichton's "Andromeda Strain", and before one of his greatest hits, "Jurassic Park". Read more
Published 27 days ago by JFalcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look
A funny, satirical movie that people wouldn't expect from Michael Crichton. It predicts a lot of current events and technology, as all Crichton works did, but initial reviews took... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mr. Lucky
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 1 month ago by russell barnett
This movie arrived fast, was packaged perfectly, had no flaws & played like new-for such an old movie, I really love this movie because it was way ahead of its Time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Collage-nikov2010
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKER
A really debonair thriller with Albert Finney and a smaller role by Susan Dey. Also appearing are James Coburn, Rick Rossovich and Leigh Taylor Young. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bones Kelley-McCoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Albert Finney
Published 1 month ago by O's Ma
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this film and highly recommend it
I loved this film and highly recommend it. My only reason for not giving it five stars is because I think it wasn't long enough but that's just me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by onemanforall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Had to have it.
Published 2 months ago by jazzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic
I can't believe I found this movie! I loved it then and love it now! I wanted it because of the looker song! So ecstatic I found it!
Published 2 months ago by Srfnsk8boy
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