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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 February 1978 (Australia)
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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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He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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1 February 1978 (Australia)  »

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Bogart Slept Here  »

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This film was an original screenplay written for the screen by Neil Simon and was not an adaptation of one of Simon's plays. Ironically, the film was later adapted as a Broadway musical. See more »


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 »


Elliot Garfield: You knocked?
Paula McFadden: May I speak to you in private for a moment?
Elliot Garfield: Well, it's a bad time how about at breakfast?
Paula McFadden: Is that a girl in there?
Elliot Garfield: I certainly hope so.
Paula McFadden: Not in my house. I will not put up with this sort of thing.
Elliot Garfield: What sort of thing? You have a girl in your bedroom and I don't object. Uh, Rhonda, this is Paula McFadden. Mac lives just down the bedroom apiece. Mac, this is Rhonda Fontana a gifted and rising young actress. Don't rise.
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Paula McFadden: Hello. Can we talk? This is serious.
Elliot Garfield: [to Rhonda] Take a break.
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Goodbye Girl
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I LOVE this movie
7 July 2001 | by (Staten Island, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the best romantic comedies ever. Dreyfuss & Mason generate as much chemistry as I have ever seen on the screen from a couple that was never a couple. Quinn Cummings delivers one of the greatest child actress performance in cinema history -- always genuine and winning. The dialogue is witty and brittle. The direction never strikes a false note. And all the dualities of New York are well exploited. I simply LOVE this movie.

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