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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
I remember seeing this show late on night on either HBO or Showtime in the 80's. What a great find I have been hunting for this jem for close to 20 years. Read morePublished 23 days ago by M. Lennartz
Good Communications. Great Product. Quick Service. Rated AAA+++. Thank You. BEGPublished 29 days ago by Barry G.
Beyond bad, total bore and had to fast forward to try to find the reason for the great reviews
Typical silly TV movie
I am glad I bought Looker. A truly unusual movie.
Buy it. See for yourself.
Always liked this movie and was one of the reasons i got into Usability/eyetracking/Human Factors
However, somewhat dismayed at the video quality
I first saw this during it's original release on cable TV back in 1981. Always a fan of Michael Crichton and his take on potential medical technology misuses, this early work is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Edward Ewens