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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shawn ...
Gene Castle ...
Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levins ...
Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol ...
Anita Dangler ...
Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Bodine
Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ...
Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)


A divorced woman and her daughter come home to find that her boyfriend has left for an out of town job with no warning. This has happened before. The second surprise comes in the form of another actor who has sublet the apartment from her boyfriend (who did not mention the pair of females who would be in residence). After some negotiation the two decide to share the apartment even though she has vowed to stay away from actors. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again. See more »


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Release Date:

30 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bogart Slept Here  »

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Neil Simon likened the experience to collaborating on a play. "During the shooting, if I felt a line or even a word was needed," said Simon, "I'd just call it out. When Elliot confronts Paula about keeping herself and her daughter out of his way in his newly acquired apartment which he has agreed to share with his two new tenants, he warns her that he likes to walk around the house at night without pajamas, which he doesn't own in the first place. I called out to Richard, 'buffo!' Richard, without blinking an eye, said the speech again and threw in 'buffo' at the end of the sentence, putting, as we say, a button on it. Marsha and Richard were a perfect match and you could practically see the sparks between them lighting up the screen." See more »


When Paula tells Elliot that somebody stole her purse, there is a NYC Police car in the background. Additionally, when Elliot confronts the muggers at the red light, there is another NYC Police car right before the intersection in the left corner. See more »


Paula McFadden: I thought you said you were decent.
Elliot Garfield: I am decent. I also happen to be naked.
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Goodbye Girl
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Marsha Mason Does Helen Trent ***1/2
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Marsha Marson. All of her relationships end in failure. The guy simply walks out. She has a precocious daughter, devilishly played by Quinn Cummings. The latter received a supporting actress nomination and faded from the movie scene real fast. Where are you Quinn darling?

Forced to share an apartment with a stranger, Mason may finally be on the right track. Richard Dreyfuss is that man and in a surprise Oscar winning performance (Richard Burton was also up for Equus that year), he is perfect in the role as the charmer.

By movie's end Dreyfuss has to go off to somewhere but unlike the other men in her life, will return. How do we know he is coming back? Just see this delightful film and find out.

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