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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

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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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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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1 February 1978 (Australia)  »

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Bogart Slept Here  »

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Originally entitled "Bogart Slept Here" with Robert De Niro as the leading man and Mike Nichols as director. The story was supposedly based on Dustin Hoffman's life as a struggling actor, reportedly, it was the story of what happened to Hoffman after he became a star. Hoffman wanted the lead role in the film but was turned down. Artistic differences ultimately forced De Niro and Nichols out, two weeks into the shoot, after several table readings. Other actors who were also candidates for the role were Jack Nicholson, James Caan and Tony Lo Bianco. Dreyfuss was brought in to test opposite Marsha Mason. At the end of the read-through, writer Neil Simon ruled, "It doesn't work, but they do." From this, the two leads for the picture were finalized. See more »

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When Paula falls in the street, a box of spaghetti remains intact. But when Elliot goes back to help her, the box is open and spaghetti is strewn on the ground. Also, Paula is now beside a completely different parked vehicle. See more »

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Elliot Garfield: [Lamenting yet another bad review of his performance in the play] Channel 5 was honest. Direct and honest: 'Richard the III stunk. And Elliot Garfield was the stinkee.'
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A film for everyone who loves a blend of comedy & romance
31 May 2003 | by (Glens Falls, New York) – See all my reviews

Great movie that established Richard Dreyfuss as an accomplished

actor in Hollywood. Together with Marsha Mason,who is perfect in her role as a divorced woman soured on romance and more concerned with rebuilding her life and raising her daughter, Dreyfuss puts together a blend of wit,charm and sarcastic "one liners" as an out of work

actor trying his hardest to "make it " in New York while sharing

an apartment with Mason on a "strictly business" arrangement. Neil Simon's script is not only outrageously funny but at times compelling and few in Hollywood can shed tears as only Ms. Mason can. Herbert

Ross' direction is flawless and the chemistry between Dreyfuss and

Mason is electric. Richard came away with the Oscar but Marsha won

our hearts in this one. If you haven't yet seen this movie...... run out and buy it now ! You won't be sorry


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