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The Goodbye Girl
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Writer:
Neil Simon (written by)
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Release Date:
1 February 1978 (Australia) 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:
A perfect a romantic comedy. Warm hearted, funny and well, just perfect! See more (72 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 Levans ... Dance Instructor
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
Allan Snyder .... makeup (as Allan Whitey Snyder)
Carrie White .... hair style: 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
 
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's
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe: women's
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor
Barbara Dunning .... assistant editor
Michael A. Stevenson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... music adaptor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Harry E. Liguski .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Martin Danzig .... location manager: New York
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:
Richard Dreyfuss based his character of Elliot Garfield on his friend Harlan Ellison.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the spaghetti dinner, Lucy holds a fork wrapped with spaghetti; a second later, in mid-sentence, it is empty.See more »
Quotes:
Elliott Garfield:[reading a review of his performance as Richard III] "It never occurred to us that William Shakespeare wrote the 'Wizard of Oz'. However, Elliot Garfield makes a splendid Wicked Witch of the North." Tacky. Tacky. Well, if they're gonna kill me, let 'em kill me with panache.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A perfect a romantic comedy. Warm hearted, funny and well, just perfect!, 20 April 2008
Author: donmac117 from United States

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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