Looker is a 1981 American science fiction film[1] written and directed by Michael Crichton and starring Albert Finney, Susan Dey, and James Coburn.[4] The film is a suspense/science-fiction piece that comments upon and satirizes media, advertising, television's effects on the populace, and a ridiculous standard of beauty.

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Directed byMichael Crichton
Written byMichael Crichton
Produced byHoward Jeffrey
CinematographyPaul Lohmann
Edited byCarl Kress
Music byBarry De Vorzon
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 30, 1981 (1981-10-30)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8-12 million[1][2]
Box office$3 million[3]

Though sparse in visual effects, the film is the first commercial film to attempt to make a computer-generated, three-dimensional, solid-looking model of a whole human body. However, as with its predecessors Futureworld, Star Wars, and Alien, this was an example of "CGI representing CGI", and only depicted on CRT screens in the movie, rather than being used as a special effect. The model had no skeletal or facial movements and was not a character. Looker was also the first film to create three-dimensional (3D) shading with a computer,[5] months before the release of the better-known Tron.

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