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Looker (1981)

When two of his female patients die, plastic surgeon Doctor Larry Roberts (Albert Finney) is the chief suspect. Yet as he attempts to find the real killers, he comes up against a sinister corporation.


Way before he cloned dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (1993), writer/director Michael Crichton played with similar themes for this underrated blend of techno-horror and suspense.

It’s a slick science-fiction outing about subliminal advertising, in which Dr Roberts joins pin-up Cindy Fairmont (Susan Dey) to investigate the deaths of his supermodel clients and their association with advertising agency chief James Coburn.

Although it’s confusing at times, the design is fabulous, the time-continuum blaster gizmo is a brilliant device allowing Crichton to indulge in some great visual effects and the acting, from Finney especially, is outstanding.

Dr Larry Roberts
Albert Finney
John Reston
James Coburn
Cindy Fairmont
Susan Dey
Jennifer Long
Leigh Taylor-Young
Lieutenant Masters
Dorian Harewood
Moustache Man
Tim Rossovich

Michael Crichton