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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Michael Shawn ...
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Gene Castle ...
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Daniel Levins ...
Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol ...
Linda
Anita Dangler ...
Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Bodine
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Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ...
Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
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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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He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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30 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Bogart Slept Here  »

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Richard Dreyfuss won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Elliot Garfield. At 30, he was the youngest actor to win this Oscar. This record was broken by Adrien Brody when he won the Best Actor Oscar in 2003 for his lead role in The Pianist (2002) at age 29. See more »

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The extent to which Elliott has his head stuck into the headboard changes. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Garfield: Lady Anne! Lady Anne! The black prince is dead! England is yours! You don't want England? How about Spain? Spain I can get you cheap.
Lucy McFadden: What are you doing in that thing?
Elliot Garfield: Come on, let's get going, will ya? This horse has got a meter on it.
Lucy McFadden: Where to?
Elliot Garfield: We're going home! To Tara! Come on! Cynthia Fine, right? I think you've got charisma, too.
Cynthia Fine: Lucy, did you tell him? I never said anything like that. I'm going to get you for that Lucy you big creep.
Elliot Garfield: You want to go to my opening tonight? I owe you a good...
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Connections

References Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music written by Burton Lane
Lyrics written by Ralph Freed
Played on a record and sung by Richard Dreyfuss
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Totally unbelievable--but LOTS of fun!
18 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paula McFadden (Marsha Mason) and her 10 year old daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings) are abandoned in NYC by her married boyfriend. He also sublets the apartment they share to a young actor, Eliot Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss). They agree to live together even though they hate each other. Naturally, they fall in love.

Totally predictable but I really enjoyed it! I loved in back in 1977 and I still love it now! Neil Simon's script is basically just a series of one liners--but they ARE funny and Dreyfuss, Mason and Cummings deliver them perfectly. They come fast and furious and the movie moves very quickly--it doesn't seem like it's 110 minutes long. Dreyfuss deservedly won the Best Actor Award for this film--he's 'on' non-stop and is full of energy and fun.

Mason was nominated for Best Actress and she's almost as good as Dreyfuss (she was a little too whiny for me). Cummings isn't that good--but she WAS only 10 when she did this. It's just that her character is one of those screen kids that talks and acts like an adult--I didn't think having her swear occasionally was cute or funny. Nonetheless she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The movie was also up for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. Also there's a GREAT title song written and performed by David Gates over the closing credits (it was also a big hit song back in '77). Also Nicol Williamson pops up (unbilled) in a short but VERY funny cameo.

The only debit--the romance scenes were corny (but they do work) and some of the dramatic scenes were TERRIBLY written (Simon was always better at doing comedy). And he has two thunderstorms pop up out of NOWHERE in this movie during a big romantic and dramatic scene. That was pushing it a little too much! Still the acting carries those scenes through and it's a minor complaint.

A sweet, very funny, enjoyable film. Just don't think about it TOO much. I give it a 9.


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