November 21, 1977 12:00 PM

Richard Brooks has turned a brilliant book into an unpleasant movie. In the central role of Theresa Dunn—a dedicated schoolteacher by day and a sex-starved prowler of singles bars by night—Diane Keaton dominates the film with a frightening hot/ cold, kind/ cruel portrayal of schizophrenia. But with the exception of Richard Gere’s searing performance as a switchblade-wielding stud, the secondary characters are reduced to stereotypes by the noisome direction. Brooks does stage a stunning climax, but the rest of the film is like the sex it depicts—cold, impersonal and ultimately disappointing. (R)

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