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Looking for Mr. Goodbar [VHS]

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300216853
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,671 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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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff Monkey Man on June 9, 2008
Format: DVD
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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Format: VHS Tape
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 Hollywood maverick Richard Brooks. As depressing as the story might be to some fans of traditional films, its representation of one "good" woman's desperate search for the satisfaction of a desire essential to self-realization was previously "taboo" in an industry accustomed to portraying a "bad girl" as either a whore or, more commonly, a femme fatale. Moreover, Brooks' film is revolutionary in its capturing the woman's point-of-view. Previous Hollywood classics by Hitchcock, Ford, Capra, Hawks, Sirk, and even Cukor, invariably betrayed their patriarchal bias because of the persistence of the "male gaze." But in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" we remain inside Keaton's head even as we judge her obsessive, doomed quest for personal fulfillment. The sordid climax (normally considered death at the box office) is all the more remarkable because we see it through the eyes of the victim. When desire and the death wish converge in the mind of the protagonist, causing her to lose her capacity to see, the movie necessarily fades to black. (Small wonder the film generated much discussion among serious filmgoers.)

I was one of those so impacted 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. Judy Rossner's stiff prose and journalist style don'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. Anyone who cares about the history of film--especially movies portraying the woman's point-of-view--can only hope that Brooks' frequently misunderstood game-changer sees its way to Blu-ray soon.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By a 16 year old girl that is a huge fan on January 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
'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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