Looker 1981 PG CC

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Plastic surgeon Albert Finney goes after big business execs when he realizes his glamorous young patient Susan Dey is next in line for computerized cloning -- and murder.

Starring:
Albert Finney, James Coburn
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Looker

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Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
Director Michael Crichton
Starring Albert Finney, James Coburn
Supporting actors Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dorian Harewood, Tim Rossovich, Darryl Hickman, Kathryn Witt, Terri Welles, Michael Hawkins, Ashley Cox, Donna Kei Benz, Catherine Parks, Terry Kiser, Georgann Johnson, Richard Venture, Anthony Charnota, Terrence E. McNally, David Adams, John Sanderford
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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It has a very catchy theme song as well as a great story line.
S.A.L.
Today I am a computer Graphics, VFX artist doing work similar to, and with tools very much like what was shown in this film.
Chris Dawson
I also really liked the concept of the weapon that they used which caused people to blank out without knowing it!
AJ Feldman

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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Terranova on 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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2003
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 By AJ Feldman on 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 By A Customer on May 4, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
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 By Michael D. Kelley on March 11, 2007
Format: DVD
"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 By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2007
Format: DVD
Michael Crichton's workman-like thriller "Looker" made over twenty years ago looked into the digital age of today.
SPOILERS BELOW:

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.

"END OF SPOILERS:

Warner has created quite a "Looker". The film receives a very nice, clean transfer to DVD.
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