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  • goodbar

    • kevin sellers
    • 7/31/16

    Haven't seen this film since it first came out and I'd forgotten how long, tedious and repetitive it is. Just endless examples of Diane Keaton's low self esteem, as she sleeps with one creepy guy after another, until she is brutally murdered. And her sister is just as bad. Maybe writer/director Richard Brooks has a point to make, but if so he keeps it well hidden. God knows he doesn't have much of a story to tell. And yes, this was the problem with Judith Rossner's novel, as well. Also causing great annoyance is a film that is purportedly set in Manhattan and Queens that has numerous shots on tacky back lots and locations with palm trees and Spanish tile roofs plainly shown in the background. Talk about cheesy production values! About the only thing that halfway saves it is good acting (as is typical of a Brooks film) from Keaton, Tuesday Weld as the loser sister, William Atherton (a true symbol of the 70s) as the least dysfunctional of Keaton's sleazy male assemblage, Tom Berenger as the murderer and most notably Richard Gere as a De Niro type, New York, working class player/psycho. The scenes between Keaton and Gere are the best in the film, combining humor, menace, and sexuality. They almost lift this film into the "B" category, but the overall conveyor belt feel of the movie just can't be ignored. So give it a C plus. P.S. This film, made in 1977, has to be one of the final ones in which a man's use of a condom is played for laughs. Five years later unprotected sex wouldn't be so funny.

  • Classic movie for sure

    • Kevin
    • 7/19/16

    Yes I was shaken up when watching the final scene back in 1979 I think on HBO (Only at Night) feature after my parents were asleep. The last scene seemed more real back then because movies have continued to be more and more violent and show women being hurt severly. Rape scenes are tough to watch and this was one the original shockers. Also, when I was 15 and saw this movie all of its sexual content was pretty raw for me and it was sort of an awakening because this movie pushed more boundaries than most r-rated movies. Plus, Diane Keaton never had anothe role like this that I know about.It is not great, but very good and still a classic because it is so unique and captivating overall. All the significant characters stand out in a special way. Great music too.I think viewers like me feel very sorry for Theresa and the lesson is to not trust strangers in places sucha as a locked bedroom. And that most men can physically overcome women so they have to extra careful who they trust in sexual settings or even pickup bars. Also, this was before AIDS so wasn't casual sex mostly accepted? Of course, Theresa is a Catholic girl, just like the women in the real story, so that add a little spice to her naughtiness.Most likely most of the people who worked on and starred were, and are still, very liberal, so they chose to make the film. Now everyone is oversensitive to feminism. I know, I teach at a University. The movie is also based on a true story and book so the brutal rape and murder scene is the vital climax of an overall depressing theme of lonliness and alienation. Everyone has those feelings at some time, aeven men like the violent Gary character.

  • Beware - this is NOT Annie Hall Part 2

    • Erich
    • 7/2/16

    As a kid staying at a friend's for the weekend - they had 'the Movie Channel' which showed hard R movies during the day a lot - I stumbled on the last 1/3 of this film while my friend was mowing a neighbor's lawn and his mom was out - so I was alone - I thought it was ANNIE HALL - which I'd never seen, recognizing Diane Keaton and thinking the "NY Singles Bar" tone matched what I'd read about Woody Allen's film. The ending is so brutal and harsh (brilliant as it is) that I was permanently traumatized - I am not joking. What's especially shocking is that so many people either never make it to the end or are monsters, because they're just like "a single woman in NYC in all sorts of wacky singles adventures" - and I can't help but think they think promiscuity warrants such brutal violence, certainly that's the tone of it all... my feminist hatred of misogyny (counter-misogyny, misomisogyny?) has never left me. If you see this and are traumatized too - know that you are not alone - though the world seems full of callous woman-hating sociopaths both in the audience, the critics, the filmmakers, the characters - you are not alone.

  • Looking For Mr Goodbar

    • Brenda Wynant
    • 3/8/14

    Please show this movie. It is a Gere and Keaton classic. I love TCM.

  • Looking for Mr Goodbar

    • penny casteel
    • 10/13/11

    I really would like to see this movie played on TCM. Been watching tcm for it for over 4 years and it never comes on. Please put it on.

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