Looking for Mr. Goodbar
- Original title
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
- Running time
- 135 min.
- United States
Richard Brooks (Novel: Judith Rossner)
William A. Fraker
Drama | Disability. Deafness
- Synopsis / Plot
- Theresa Dunn (Diane Keaton) is sensitive grade-school teacher who leads a very different life after hours. Throwing off the emotional shackles of her troubled childhood, she enters the seemingly liberated world of singles bars and one-night stands in 1970s New York. But the self-degradation takes its toll and her loneliness only intensifies, catapulting Theresa into a volatile world of drug addiction and sexual alienation. This vivid and intense portrait of the free-spirited swinging-singles scene in New York City captures the naive spirit of early feminism as well as the turmoil of a woman's attempt to find her own sexual and spiritual identity. Theresa's own dreams and struggles are uniquely brought to life in delightful and disturbing fantasy sequences that bring a brash and complex nature to her own soul searchings. Diane Keaton's performance is raw and bittersweet, portraying the delight of sexual freedom as well as the volatile need and desire that she cannot quelch. Richard Brooks brilliantly employs a hard-hitting soundtrack, brutal cinematography, and intense realism to create a masterful cautionary tale and intimate portrait of the new woman of the 1970s.
: 2 nominations for Oscar: Supporting Actress (Tuesday Weld), Cinematography
: Nominated for Golden Globe: Motion Picture Actress - Drama (Diane Keaton)
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Diane Keaton)
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
- Critics' reviews
"Brooks hasn't improved the story by changing its focus, and he's distracted from the heart of the narrative by several unnecessary scenes. (...) But, all the same (...) is very much worth seeing, particularly for the Diane Keaton performance. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
Roger Ebert: Chicago Sun-Times
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