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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)
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Anita Dangler ...
Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Bodine
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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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Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again. See more »


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30 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bogart Slept Here  »


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The feature film debut of Quinn Cummings. See more »


During the spaghetti dinner, Lucy holds a fork wrapped with spaghetti; a second later, in mid-sentence, it is empty. See more »


Paula McFadden: Would you be interested in my bedroom?
Elliot Garfield: You talking to me?
Paula McFadden: You can have the big bedroom for 50 dollars more a month, payable in cash right now. We'll move into yours in the morning.
Elliot Garfield: Oh, you mean a rent increase for getting what I should have gotten and what I didn't get in the first place? No, thank you.
Paula McFadden: Well then, would you be interested in lending me 50 dollars. I'll pay you either 7 and a half percent interest or do your laundry. Take your pick.
Elliot Garfield: They really cleaned you out, huh?
Paula McFadden: Everyone from...
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Goodbye Girl
Written and Performed by David Gates
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Marsha Mason Does Helen Trent ***1/2
9 January 2006 | by 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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