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The Goodbye Girl
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Writer:
Neil Simon (written by)
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Release Date:
30 November 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gives you a warm glow See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Elliot Garfield

Marsha Mason ... Paula McFadden

Quinn Cummings ... Lucy McFadden

Paul Benedict ... Mark

Barbara Rhoades ... Donna

Theresa Merritt ... Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn ... Ronnie

Patricia Pearcy ... Rhonda
Gene Castle ... Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levins ... Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol ... Linda
Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Bodine

Robert Costanzo ... Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ... Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
Jose Machado ... Mugger (as José Machado)
Hubert Kelly ... Mugger
Dana Laurita ... Cynthia
David S. Cass Sr. ... Drunk (as Dave Cass)
Loyita Chapel ... Strip Club Dancer
Caprice Clarke ... Strip Club Dancer
Esther Sutherland ... Strip Club Manager

Clarence Felder ... Critic
Kensuke Haga ... Japanese Salesman
Ryohei Kanokogi ... Japanese Salesman
Ruby Holbrook ... Woman in Audience
Kristina Hurrell ... Gretchen
David Matthau ... Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman ... Furniture Mover
Eddie Villery ... Painter

Joseph Carberry ... Strip Club Customer
Eric Uhler ... Strip Club Customer

Raymond J. Barry ... Richard III Cast (as Ray Barry)

Powers Boothe ... Richard III Cast

Tom Everett ... Richard III Cast

Janice Fuller ... Richard III Cast
Munson Hicks ... Richard III Cast

Robert Kerman ... Richard III Cast
Jeanne Lange ... Richard III Cast
Robert Lesser ... Richard III Cast
Fred McCarren ... Richard III Cast

Nicholas Mele ... Richard III Cast
Maureen Moore ... Richard III Cast

Joe Regalbuto ... Richard III Cast (as Joseph Regalbuto)
Peter Vogt ... Richard III Cast
Wendy Cutler ... Improvisation Group
Susan Elliot ... Improvisation Group
Andy Goldberg ... Improvisation Group

Paul Willson ... Improvisation Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Silvern ... (uncredited)

Nicol Williamson ... Oliver Fry (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (written by)

Produced by
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (as Allan Whitey Snyder)
Carrie White .... hair stylist: Miss Mason
 
Production Management
Roger M. Rothstein .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... second assistant director: New York
Edward D. Markley .... second assistant director (as Edward Markley)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Spencer Deverell .... assistant art director (as Spencer Deverill)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Thomas Saccio .... property master: New York
Frank L. Brown .... set dressing lead man (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor (as John P. Riordan)
James Sabat .... sound: New York
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Griswold .... special effects: New York (as Albert Griswold)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Harris .... gaffer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer: New York
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (as Roger Sherman Jr.)
William H. Steiner .... camera operator: New York (as William Steiner Jr.)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Robert Ward .... key grip: New York
Josh Weiner .... still photographer: New York
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe: men
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: women
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor
Barbara Dunning .... assistant editor
Michael A. Stevenson .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Martin Danzig .... location manager: New York
 
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... music adaptor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Harry E. Liguski .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary: New York
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Maggie Wilde .... production secretary
Mary Malin .... assistant: Ann Roth (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The musical version of this movie, also entitled "The Goodbye Girl," opened at the Marquis Theater on March 4th 1993 and ran for 188 performances until August 15th that same year. It was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1993 including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography. Bernadette Peters took the Marsha Mason part and Martin Short was in the Richard Dreyfuss role. Both leads received Tony Award nominations for their performances. Neil Simon adapted his own screenplay for the book of this successful Broadway musical. The musical's setting is described in its introduction as "In and around Paula's apartment, New York City."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The horse drawn carriage near the end of the film passes the same bank twice, going in opposite directions.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
References Song of the South (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Goodbye GirlSee more »

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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Gives you a warm glow, 24 October 2000
Author: datkins-3 from England

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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