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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shawn ...
Gene Castle ...
Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levins ...
Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol ...
Anita Dangler ...
Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Bodine
Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ...
Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)


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 <>

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Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again. See more »


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1 February 1978 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Bogart Slept Here  »

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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 »


When Elliott leaves the apartment to go make the movie at the end of the film, the scarf he is wearing goes from wrapped around his neck, to hanging loose, to wrapped again between shots. See more »


Paula McFadden: What happened to your eye?
Elliot Garfield: I used it to stop a fist from going through my face.
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Goodbye Girl
Written and Performed by David Gates
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Gives you a warm glow
24 October 2000 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

Simply my favourite movie of all time. First saw it with my fiancee (at the time) and it was her favourite also. We saw it 3 times. Whenever it is on TV I watch, and I have two video copies (in case one gets lost or spoiled!).

It stars Richard Dreyfuss at his best, and Marsha Mason and the "kid" are excellent too. Perhaps it is one of the best of films because it is able to make you laugh and cry, and sometimes at the same time. Neil Simon's writing is so comic and never allows the pathos to drown you. I believe it won a number of Oscars when first released yet almost no one I rave to about it has ever heard of it. Strange!

This film is very much under-appreciated. It is a wonderful tale of of family, of career, of relationships and of love. The rooftop scene is just fantastic and leaves a knot in my stomach every time I see it. A warm glow and a feeling of "this is how life should turn out". Great movie, great script. Fantastic.

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