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Michael Crichton ("Disclosure," "Jurassic Park," TV's "ER") wrote and directed this smart, high-tech thriller that delves into just how profitable supermodels can be, once you're rid of the models. Plastic surgeon Albert Finney ("The Dresser," "Orphans") goes after big business execs (Oscar-winner James Coburn -- "Maverick," and Emmy Award-winner Leigh Taylor-Young -- "Picket Fences") when he realizes his glamorous young patient Susan Dey ("L.A. Law," "Love and War") is next in line for computerized cloning -- and murder.]]>
- Introduction and commentary by Michael Crichton
- First-time widescreen video release
- Theatrical trailer
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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.
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).
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.
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Warner has created quite a "Looker". The film receives a very nice, clean transfer to DVD.Read more ›
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Great to finally see it in widescreen. I recall watching it over and over on HBO back in the 80's and it's been on telly quite a lot as well,on ESCAPE.Published 7 days ago by Harrison Y. Shinn
I remember when this movie came out, I couldn't of been more than about maybe eight years old and I never forgot it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by ivan-archer
Great flick (albeit a bit dated) - especially for the time it was made (early 80's) - I enjoyed this film growing up. Read morePublished 23 days ago by CaliGuy
A little cheesy based on the release year, but a lot of truth to it that billows over to present day entertainment.Published 26 days ago by Shelbrea McCleese
The VHS tape was in excellent shape when I got it in 2004. At that time, Looker was difficult to find and no DVD versions were available. The original VHS tape came out in 1981. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. Parker
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