Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.6/ 10 (3707 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Paramount Pictures [us] - (presents) (A Freddie Fields Production)

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(USA) - 19 October 1977
(USA) - 19 October 1977
(Sweden) - 13 March 1978
(Netherlands) - 16 March 1978
(West Germany) - 17 March 1978

Running Time


69-sex-position, apartment, bar, bare-butt, based-on-novel, bathtub, beaten-to-death, black-panties, bra-removing, catholic-church, christmas, city, city-girl, cocaine, condom, controversy, deaf-child, deafness, disco, drug-abuse, fake-knife, father-daughter-relationship, female-nudity, guilt, homosexual,

Technical Support
CAM:Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Adams, R.J. as (uncredited) [Man in Bar]
  2. Atherton, William as [James] <3>
  3. Berenger, Tom as [Gary] <7>
  4. Bright, Richard (I) as [George] <12>
  5. Burke, Robert (XII) as [Patrick] <23>
  6. Burton, LeVar as [Cap Jackson] <13>
  7. Chong, Phil as (uncredited)
  8. Courtney, Alex (I) as (as Alexander Courtney) [Arthur] <20>
  9. Dennehy, Brian as [Surgeon] <21>
  10. Fabiani, Joel as [Barney] <10>
  11. Fant, Lou as (as Louie Fant) [Teacher] <18>
  12. Feinstein, Alan as [Martin] <6>
  13. Fields, Robert (I) as [Rafe] <24>
  14. Garrett, Eddie as [Bartender] <19>
  15. Gere, Richard as [Tony] <5>
  16. Harris, Julius as [Black Cat] <11>
  17. Hawkins, Tony (I) as [Chuck] <26>
  18. Kiley, Richard as [Mr. Dunn] <4>
  19. Lafferty, John (IV) as (uncredited) [Undercover Police Officer]
  20. O Brien, Richard (II) as [Father Timothy] <25>
  21. Spangler, Dick as (as Richard Spangler) [TV Announcer] <28>
  22. Venture, Richard as [Doctor] <22>
  23. Willens, Bill as (uncredited) [Club Hustler]
  24. Cheshire, Elizabeth as [Little Theresa] <29>
  25. Coleman, Marilyn as [Mrs. Jackson] <14>
  26. Dellenbach, Jolene as [Teacher] <17>
  27. Kaye, Caren as [Rhoda] <27>
  28. Keaton, Diane as [Theresa] <1>
  29. Mallis, Mary Ann as [Principal] <16>
  30. Mallory, Carole as [Marvella] <15>
  31. Pointer, Priscilla as [Mrs. Dunn] <8>
  32. Prange, Laurie as [Brigid] <9>
  33. Roberts, Marilyn as [Woman in Bar] <30>
  34. Weld, Tuesday as [Katherine] <2>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

Theresa is a successful teacher of deaf children during the day but after a short unhappy affair starts to spend her nights cruising bars. Her craving first for sex but later also for drugs leads into increasingly demeaning and dangerous situations completely at odds with her daytime commitment to her children. Jeremy Perkins Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Copyright © MCMLXXVII by Paramount Pictures Corporation - All Rights Reserved (on print) GR: USD 22,512,655 (USA) (1978) GR: USD 1,837,976 (USA) (23 October 1977) OW: USD 1,837,976 (USA) (23 October 1977) (110 screens) RT: USD 16,900,000 WG: USD 1,540,635 (USA) (23 October 1977) (110 screens)

Movie Certificate

K-16 (Finland)(1988)
K-18 (Finland)(1978) (cut)
16 (Iceland)
-18 (France)
16 (Netherlands)(uncut version)
MA (Australia)(TV rating)
-16 (France)(re-rating)
18 (South Korea)
X (Argentina)(original rating)
18 (Argentina)(re-rating)
R (Australia)
Approved (USA)
VM18 (Italy)
18 (Norway)
R21 (Singapore)
18 (Spain)
15 (Sweden)
18 (UK)

Music Composers

  1. Kane, Artie


  1. Fraker, William A. (director of photography)


American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1980) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (19??) (Argentina) (VHS)
Cinema International Corporation (CIC) [nl] - (1978) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Consorcio Ibérico Cinematográfico (CIC) [es] - (1978) (Spain) (theatrical)
Fotomat (Drive-Thru Movies) Video [us] - (1979) (USA) (VHS)
Paramount Pictures [us] - (1977) (USA) (theatrical) (as Paramount) (A Gulf+Western Company)

Film Editors

  1. Grenville, George (edited by)


  1. Buehrlen, Justin (location auditor)
  2. Schlom, Marshall (script supervisor)


Theresa: Honeymoon? I thought you went to get an abortion! Theresa: I'm alone, I'm not lonely. I'm depressed - you're depressing me. Martin: Teaching's a waste of time, I'm writing a novel. Theresa: Isn't everybody. Martin: Getting divorced too. Theresa: Isn't everybody. Tony Lo Porto: Kiss my ass. Theresa: I did. James: Is that why you don't wash the dishes, because the roaches are hungry? Theresa: Why else? Theresa: Most guys first time out they try to score, they expect it. And some of them get pretty nasty if they don't get it. So by the 2nd time it's either fuck or forget it. Theresa: Everybody's taking something or they'd never make it till morning. Katherine: We're all hurt someplace and we're all looking for a painkiller. Theresa: First thing, on with the tv. Next - nothing. Just sit there on the bed watching the porno movie, I honest to God expect he's going to bring out a bag of popcorn. Finally, the big moment. He doesn't even take off his pants. And all the time he's doing it to me, he's watching them do it on tv. Theresa: Talk about amateur, played for a hooker by a square and ripped off as a sucker by a dick. Theresa: I don't believe in the future. Man in bar: Me, queer! Jesus, I'm a married man, I've got 2 kids and a very expensive mistress. I'm an animal. Theresa: That's why you go to gay bars ? James: What are you hooked on? Theresa: Anything I can get. Theresa: Go set the world on fire. Tony Lo Porto: On a couple of bucks! Theresa: Find a smaller world. Bartender: Confidentially, with me... one's too many and a million's not enough. Theresa: I got the same problem with men. Theresa: When your nightlife interferes with your daylife... Gary: In my neighbourhood if you didn't fight you were a fruit. In prison if you didn't fight you spread ass. Theresa: By parted lovers it is writ/Oh darling, thou art still a shit. Gary: I'm a pitcher not a catcher, and don't you ever forget that.

Other Titles

  1. Auf der Suche nach Mr. Goodbar (1978) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  2. In cerca di mr. Goodbar (1977) (ENG)

  3. Auf der Suche nach Mr. Goodbar (1977) (GER)
    (West Germany)

  4. In cerca di mr. Goodbar (1977) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. Los Angeles, California, USA


- When Teresa meets Tony in the bar, she is reading "The Godfather", just as she does in the original novel. He comments that he has seen the movie. 'Diane Keaton' (qv) (Teresa) plays the part of Kay in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv).

- The events depicted in both the book and the movie were inspired by the events surrounding the brutal real-life 1973 murder of twenty-seven year old New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn.

- 'Mary Ellen Mark' (qv), a documentary photographer, was asked to go to bars and take pictures of the bars to play during the opening credits. The director rejected the pictures because they were "too realistic."

- The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by 'Judith Rossner' (qv) had been first published in 1975.

- The film's source "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" novel was turned downed for filming an adaptation by directors 'Mike Nichols (I)' (qv), 'Sydney Pollack' (qv) and 'Roman Polanski' (qv).

- Director 'Richard Brooks (I)' (qv) interviewed around 600 women who had read the film's source novel. This was so as to connect with the film's "magical key" which was the popularity of the book which had become a