Theresa (Diane Keaton), a prim young teacher of deaf children, seeks excitement in singles bars, drugs and one-night stands, with tragic results.
Her quest for high-risk sexual adventures lead her to a violent encounter with a bisexual psychopath convincingly played by Tom Berenger.
A strong performance by Keaton in a sordid and ultimately depressing film which is based on a bestseller by Judith Rossner; a fictionalised account of the real-life murder of a New York schoolteacher by a man she met in a singles bar.
Also making an impact in the film is Richard Gere in the role of Tony Lopanto, chilling as the self-styled “greatest fuck of your whole life”, from whose sadistic treatment Theresa derives a perverse pleasure.
Writer and director Richard Brooks said of Keaton; “I wondered if Diane could handle the dark side, but she’s sensational”.