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Nostalgic for the '80's
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I first saw the underrated '70's film "Looking for Mr. Goodbar several years ago, and felt it was an amazing film. Great time capsule of the era, and IMHO Diane Keaton's best work. Amazing 'disco/rock/pop soundtrack as well. '70's NYC may as well have been another character in the movie. The novel the film is based on is also worth checking out.

It's worth noting that the novel & movie are based on true events - which makes this story all the more disturbing.

Unfortunately, I've only seen this once on a sub-par print several years back; it's unavailability makes it tough to track down. I suspect that part/all of the reason this film hasn't made it to DVD/Blu-ray is because of the copyright(s) involving all of the music on the soundtrack. That seems to be the typical reason that many never-released older films are being held up from being available on current home video formats.

I would really like to see this released to DVD/Blu at some point in the near future. The Criterion Collection is the perfect label/venue, since IMHO LFMG is iconic enough to deserve inclusion here.

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Diane Keaton really gives it her all in an uninhibited performance. As I recall, at the time she almost immediately regretted doing the film, but she shouldn't have. (I think that the studio seemed embarrassed by it too.) I think that it probably is her best work in this well made, but disturbing, film. I see that a DVD or VHS copy fetches premium prices these days. It should get a specialty release on DVD/Bluray. It's a seminal time-capsule film from that era.

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I recorded Looking For Mr. Goodbar from a BBC broadcast sometime in the 1990s. It's been a while since i've seen it,
but i actually do still have the tape lying around here somewhere, along with Castaway (1986) and Shy People (1987),
both unavailable as well, unfortunately.

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Glad this film has at least some fans on here. It's unavailability on home video these days makes it tough to find.

To me, the film is really about the sexual revolution of the 1960's/1970's. The main character (Diane Keaton) didn't want to fall into the "traditional" role of getting married, settling down, and being a housewife - probably because that's what her parents wanted her to do. Her behavior was an act of rebellion to a large extent.

That all being said, it's obvious that LFMG is a cautionary tale of sorts about being careful whom you bring home...however, plenty of women (and men, obviously) from the '70's - today are sexually active in non-monogamous relationships, and don't end up killed by their random hook-ups; I don't think the film is trying to insult the intelligence of the viewer by making them think that this is really a serious threat. I actually believe that if you're living this lifestyle you're more at risk of getting a potentially deadly (or at least incurable) STD than you are of getting killed by your partner - if you're not careful, that is.

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I own Looking for Mr. Goodbar US vhs tape. Never seen the film but i´m looking for to see it [Wink]
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Watched the film the other day and it´s a great one. It´s a dark tale with awesome performances from the cast.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar is a long film but watching it certainly pays off.
Keaton should´ve won a trophy or two and there´s nothing to be ashamed of here. She´s a very sexy woman.

So this is how Tom Berenger began his acting career, something different definitely and he has said he had nightmares.

Yeah, this is yet another 70s jewel and it´s too bad that the film is so obscure. I´m glad that i found the US vhs tape.

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Yes, but not all of us have VHS players anymore. I haven't had one since 1996 - mine broke & I never replaced this.

Cool picture of "In Pursuit of Honor" - never heard of this film, but it looks interesting.

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The last VCR was manufactured by Funai in July 2016. ebay!
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