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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Bogart Slept Here  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only ever Neil Simon written film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. With five nominations, it is also the most ever Oscar nominated Simon film. In its year at the Oscars, it was up against another New York writer's film, Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977), which took home most of the awards this film was nominated for, The Goodbye Girl (1977) just winning the one Oscar for Best Actor - Richard Dreyfuss. See more »

Goofs

When Paula is on the balcony at the end of the film holding the guitar, the position of her hands changes after they cut back from a quick shot of Elliot. See more »

Quotes

Paula McFadden: Are we going to sleep with each other tonight?
Elliot Garfield: [laughing] You know, of all the right up front girls I know, you are the right up frontest. How do you feel about it?
Paula McFadden: Nervous. A pushover, but nervous.
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Connections

Remade as The Goodbye Girl (2004) 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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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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