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Looking for Mr Goodbar

In Looking for Mr Goodbar, writer-director Richard Brooks manifests his ability to catch accurately both the tone and subtlety of characters in the most repellant environments - in this case the desperate search for personal identity in the dreary and self-defeating world of compulsive sex and dope. Diane Keaton's performance as the good/bad girl is excellent.

In Looking for Mr Goodbar, writer-director Richard Brooks manifests his ability to catch accurately both the tone and subtlety of characters in the most repellant environments – in this case the desperate search for personal identity in the dreary and self-defeating world of compulsive sex and dope. Diane Keaton’s performance as the good/bad girl is excellent.

Judith Rossner’s novel was the basis for Brooks’ fine screenplay about a girl who flees from a depressing home environment into the frantic world of singles bars and one-night physical gropings. The Jekyll-Hyde character caroms from sincere concern for teaching children to night-crawling of the seamiest sort.

At its best, the film, through Tuesday Weld’s great performance as Keaton’s sister who wanders from trend to trend, suggests dimly some alternatives.

1977: Nominations: Best Supp. Actress (Tuesday Weld), Cinematography

Looking for Mr Goodbar

  • Production: Paramount. Director Richard Brooks; Producer Freddie Fields; Screenplay Richard Brooks; Camera William A. Fraker; Editor George Grenville; Music Artie Kane; Art Director Edward Carfagno
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 135 MIN.
  • With: Diane Keaton Tuesday Weld William Atherton Richard Kiley Richard Gere Tom Berenger
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