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Looking for Mr. Goodbar [VHS] (1977)

Diane Keaton , Richard Gere , Richard Brooks  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton, Richard Kiley
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, Judith Rossner
  • Producers: Freddie Fields
  • Format: Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 6, 1997
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300216853
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.Free upgrade to first class mail.


Based on the mid-'70s novel by Judith Rossner (which itself was based on a true story), this film was supposed to be the one that established Diane Keaton's credibility as a "serious" actress--and yet she won the Oscar for the other film she did the same year, Annie Hall. Still, Looking for Mr. Goodbar is a solid and intriguing film, which offered the first substantial film roles to Richard Gere and Tom Berenger. Keaton is a repressed Catholic school teacher who works with deaf children. In the midst of the sexual revolution, she discovers her own appetite for carnal pleasure--but tries to keep it physical, avoiding emotional entanglement, until she meets Mr. Really Wrong. Keaton is solid but director Richard Brooks can't keep this from dragging. --Marshall Fine

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of what cinema can be. August 7, 2005
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This is raw, risk-taking cinema--from the no-holds-barred performance of a lifetime by Dianne Keaton to the bold and imaginative direction of Richard Brooks. Moreover, it captures the woman's point of view more convincingly than any other film that comes to mind. As spectators we remain inside Keaton's head as well as capable of judging her in her obsessive, doomed quest for personal fulfillment at all costs. The sordid climax (no wonder profit-dependent Hollywood swore off such films) is all the more remarkable because we see it through the eyes of the victim. When Dianne Keaton's desire and death wish converge and she loses the capacity to see, the movie necessarily fades to black as well.

I was so blown away by the film that I immediately read its literary source. This is one of the few times the book has proved a disappointment compared to the movie. As a prose stylist, Judy Rossner doesn't begin to match the artistry of Keaton and Brooks not to mention the psychological depth that is normally off limits to a medium as surface-bound as film.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this on dvd?? June 9, 2008
It's been ages since i saw this film as an adult. Last time i did- i lived alone, was fairly "active" in the bar scene and it was during the time that the Dahmer stuff was going on. Needless to say- this movie gave me more of a hesitant pause before bringing just ANYone home, that's for sure.

I mentioned it to my partner of 12 years and he said he had never seen it (much to my surprise). So i kept hunting and checking back at Amazon to see if it may be coming to dvd any time soon. No such luck. I've since written to Paramount asking them to please consider a nice, digital transfer dvd release of the film. Who knows for what good that was worth.

So- i go to my video store which has a huge, vault of a selection of just about anything. Grab the very ancient looking vhs copy to bring home to watch.
Besides the fact that it didnt look great- this movie is STILL as powerful, provacative and shocking as it was all those years ago when i first saw it. Even when you know how it's going to end- it is still jaw-dropping and brutally harsh and yes- even quite sad, frankly.
This movie will stick with you after you've seen it for a while. Sort of haunts you.

Keaton is SO fantastic in her performance. Just AH-mazing. The dialog and writing and direction are top notch and still not dated even with the advances that cinema has made since.

This movie needs and deserves a good dvd release. I will be first in line to grab a copy if and when it does. I am thinking perhaps since there is a HUGE amount of music in it- that maybe that could be part of why no dvd release so far. Sometimes too much ASCAP red tape to get a movie released the way it was originally shown. Not sure how that works, honestly.

Anyway- too long now.. apologies.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart-breaking... January 26, 2001
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'Looking for Mr. Goodbar' is saturated with tangibility and keenness.By a very forituous event, I got this movie and popped it into the VCR. Two hours later, my heart was pounding and my hands were sweating. I was in inertia for perhaps, oh, twenty minutes. That's how much the movie impacted me.
Diane Keaton and her unique, rare talent stands out as Theresa Dunn, a lonely, sexually insatiable woman searching for so many things:unconditional love, understanding, and a happy life. Oppressed by her rigid father, the morals of Catholicism, the dread that nobody truly loves her, and insecurity, she tries to break out of her shell, experimenting by getting involved in the wild partying life. Compassionate teacher of deaf kids by day, heavy partyer/hooker by night. Two characteriscs entirely different, yet in one woman. She searches for true love by getting involved with eclectic men, and was just beginning to find it when inhumanity and brutality invaded her, snuffing out her weak voice once and for all...
On another point, I have to say I'm very impressed with the way this movie approached deafness. I'm deaf myself, and I know back in the seventies, most deaf schools didn't offer signing/speaking at the same time. They only offered speech classes, with absolutely no signing at all. So far, most deaf schools have broken away from this rule, but with this movie, made in the seventies... I could understand what they were saying without having to read the closed-captioning. I'm very impressed with how smoothly they signed.
But that's not the main reason why I was so taken with this movie. The subtle dialogue blends very well. The bar scene adds to the mystical aura, along with the mood and lighting.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Annie Hall Meets Mr. Goodbar November 25, 2002
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Released in 1977 and based on Judith Rossner's best-seller, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" was touted as the star turn for Diane Keaton, but it was "Annie Hall" that swept her to the Academy podium that year. A Catholic teacher of deaf children, Keaton's portrayal of a sexually repressed woman looking for scores in all the wrong places is unsettling in an generally inaudacious - and brutal - film. But, the talent that she is, Keaton keeps our attention and is nearly upstaged by Tuesday Weld in an Oscar-nominated supporting role. "Goodbar" takes us to the darker side of casual sexal encounters and issues a warning that we ought not delve too deeply into the darkness without a light on in our brains. The film also marked the first substantial work of Richard Gere and Tom Berenger. But it remains Keaton who carries the film, and she does it splendidly and achieves the intended goal of making us squeamish about the dangerous underpinnings of sexual experimentation. The film's closing scene is harrowing and also achieves its own goal to send the viewer off with an unsoothed boding of doom, and it gives us no hope. Panned critically at the time, the film nonetheless is a showcase of Keaton's dramatic talents, something she'd had little chance to do until then. She alone makes the film worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Since she feels like she can't have the ideal American dream family...
Reading other reviews it strikes me no one notices that Theresa Dunn takes the path she takes because her childhood illness made her unable to have children. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TJ LA
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's ok it's better than the VHS Copy !
Published 1 month ago by Darryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Jekia Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love classics and diane Keaton
haha I got it . if you love classics and diane Keaton. this is for you
Published 2 months ago by billy lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars ... content but Diane Keaton and Richard Gene were both excellent in...
The movie was difficult to watch considering the content but Diane Keaton and Richard Gene were both excellent in the movie.
Published 3 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very adult 1970's theme.
Dark theme, but well depicted of the times. Not the "light" theme Diane Keaton of today.
Published 3 months ago by D. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Why, oh why...
Has this NOT been released at LEAST to DVD! I remember seeing this in the theater when it came out....very powerful. It's not like the movie got trashed by critics or the public. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Craig H. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Cautionary tale of the mid '70s is being slighted by Paramount...
Just scored an excellent DVD-R!!!!! How Diane Keaton won for Annie Hall, and, not this AMAZING portrayal of a woman in search of love, LOTS OF FUN, and self-acceptance.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ray of A '69
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for love in all the wrong places.
I remember reading the novel years ago. My sister had it and I stole it and read it. My God what a haunting book! They actually left out two scenes in the movie....thank God. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pawnchild1
1.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Mr Goodbar
The copy was not clear and was not able to view it. Would love a different copy if it is available.
Published 8 months ago by Nancy D Galloway
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