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Beauty Break: The Men of "Mr. Goodbar"

by Seán McGovern

Annie Hall turns 40 this year and Diane Keaton will be the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award next month (June 8th to be exact). Keaton, a perennial A-lister, reminds us every few years about the extent of her talents. She's been enjoying recent success in The Young Pope and her upcoming projects Hampstead and Book Club sound promising at least. Since Annie Hall turns 40 this year so too will Keaton's other '77 triumph, Looking For Mr. Goodbar. 

Though Goodbar is remembered for Keaton in a dramatic role (which this author will pay attention to here at a later date), the film is definitely what we'd call in contemporary parlance "problematic". I recently watched Goodbar for my own podcast, but amongst the reprehensible moments I finally understood why so many women of a certain age (i.e. my mother) swooned over Richard Gere - who we get to see plenty of in this film, as well as co-star Tom Berenger who never looked so gorgeous.[More, slightly NSFW, after the jump...] 

It actually feels quite rare to really be presented with male bodies to drool over in cinema of the 20th centrury, probably why Mandy Patinkin feels so delightfully woofy in Yentl - knowing that it's directed by a woman, Barbra Streisand.

Gere or Berenger in Goodbar? You decide. 


 One more for the sake of gratuity... 


And some Tom Berenger, who has celluloid memories of a banging body.

And just one more miscellaneous one...




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Berenger had those sexy lips

May 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Yes but Gere had the Bum.

May 26, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

How did you watch this? I can't find it anywhere...

May 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Can I choose Mandy? Because, you know, chest hair.

I get Richard Gere, but I'll pick Tom Berenger, but more from The Big Chill than from this movie. I think I have a thing for mustaches.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Let's add politics to the flesh fest! Gere recently said that doesn't get offers for mainstream movies anymore because China banned him.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Wow, that's quite a tush. Who knew?

I read that article about Gere, and it's wild to realize he hasn't been in a studio film (Nights in Rodanthe) since 2008 because China has banned him—and his films—for life. Hollywood can be so soulless, apart from callous.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Gere was a beautiful young man and has aged very well.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjaragon

A little bit of opportunistic Googling and i found it. ;)

@forever1267 Tom Berenger was sooooo hot. But have you seen him recently?

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeán

Richard Gere fairly dripped sex in the 70's and is still very handsome. Gere all the way!

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob

All that comes to mind now with Tom Berenger is Titus Andromedon's Pinot Noir.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterstarlit

Richard Gere is so weirdly unhinged in Goodbar... it's a bit shocking compared to how controlled he usually is onscreen.
And I think he gets my vote, but it's a close one.

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

@Tony - There's actually a copy of it on YouTube (weirdly with the French subtitle, À la recherche de M. Goodbar, though it's entirely in English):

May 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko


May 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Sean, I just discovered your fantastic podcast. You and Brian are doing the Lord's work! Your analysis of Carrie is the blueprint. Thank you!

May 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

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