Watch Now: LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR
When Judith Rossner's novel titled Looking for Mr. Goodbar hit bookstores in 1975, it not only garnered critical acclaim, but also reached 1st place on The New York Times’ bestseller list. Rossner drew inspiration for her book from a real-life event, namely the 1973 murder of Roseann Quinn who had allegedly led a double life. In 1977, the novel’s film adaptation opened in theaters and became a box office success. Written and directed by Academy-Award-winning director Richard Brooks, Looking for Mr. Goodbar follows Theresa Dunn, school teacher for deaf children by day, single woman who frequents bars and clubs by night. But by engaging in one-night-stands with shady individuals she encounters on her nights out, Theresa ends up endangering her own life.
The female protagonist is perfectly portrayed by Diane Keaton who got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress (Annie Hall was released earlier that year and went on to earn her an Academy Award), while her sister is played by Tuesday Weld who got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, alongside cinematographer William A. Fraker who was nominated for Best Cinematography. Some of the men that Theresa encounters were played by Richard Gere, Tom Berenger and LeVar Burton who were at the very beginning of their film careers. Looking for Mr. Goodbar also served as inspiration for the music video to Madonna’s 1993 song Bad Girl.