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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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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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Bogart Slept Here  »

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The film's theme song "Goodbye Girl", sung and written by David Gates, went to No. #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1977. See more »

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When Paula confronts Elliot for playing his guitar, Dreyfuss' finger movement on the instrument doesn't match the music. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Garfield: [out on the fire escape] Hey! I think I have a clue now as to why all those other guys left. Crackers! Animal Crackers lady! You've got a severe case of emotional retardation. I'm not leaving Paula, I'm escaping.
Paula McFadden: I will personally forward your mail.
Elliot Garfield: Keep it! I'm not giving you a forwarding address.
Paula McFadden: [to woman on the street] Lot of weirdos in this neighborhood.
Elliot Garfield: But just in passing I'd like to say that last night was teriffic, okay? It was the Super Bowl of romance. I give it a fat nine on a scale ...
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Goodbye Girl
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A perfect a romantic comedy. Warm hearted, funny and well, just perfect!
20 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two decades have passed since I first viewed "The Goodbye Girl". I can think of few films that hold up like this Neil Simon comedy. I read in a previous review that the plot is "unbelievable". Am I wrong in recalling that the writer admitted that he got the concept complete from the life of an actor? Just another case of reality possessing more truth than fiction. Richard Dreyfus and Marsha Mason should be added to that rare list of actors whose performances will forever define the characters they portrayed. Elliot Garfield and Paula McFadden belong to them in perpetuity. Played by Quinn Cummings, Lucy McFadden simply made the film work as a sophisticated child who never uttered one cloying word. Bless you Quinn, wherever your are. For someone who has been a friend of actors, and who has adored dancers, every situation in the film rang true. Previous reviews havecovered all the cinematic aspects, so I will just add my accolade: This is a film that rates with the best of Hollywood.


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