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Starting Over (1979)

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A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel.

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Michael (Mickey) Potter
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Marva Potter
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Paul
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Marie
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Dan Ryan
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Larry (as Jay Sanders)
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John Morganson
Mary Catherine Wright ...
Student 1 (as Mary C. Wright)
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Burt Reynolds is an attractive middle-aged man who suffers a crisis of confidence when ditched by his ambitious singer wife (Candice Bergen), until he begins to forge a new new relationship with an equally insecure teacher (Jill Clayburgh). But when the wife attempts a reconciliation - seduction followed by a truly excruciating song she has composed for him - he realizes where his loyalty lies. Written by alfiehitchie

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Phil Potter would like to straighten out his life...One way, or the other.

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Comedy | Romance

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15 February 1980 (Australia)  »

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Almost 20 years later, co-star Jill Clayburgh would appear in another movie, which like this one, was also based on a Dan Wakefield novel, Going All the Way (1997). Wakefield also appeared very briefly in that film. See more »

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Moving mic shadow is visible on wall in scene where Phil meets Marie's children. See more »

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Little Girl: Mommy, she said the F word!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) See more »

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing
(1840) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Well Made Comedy
29 August 2001 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

This well made adaptation of Dan Wakefield's novel has wonderful comic moments and full-bodied performances. Burt Reynolds underplays his role and does some of the finest work of his roller-coaster career (it's up there with "Boogie Nights" and "Deliverance"). Candice Bergen is hysterical in the role of the wife who wants freedom and a singing career. (Little did we know in 1979 that Bergen would go onto great comedic success as Murphy Brown)James L. Brooks does a terrific job with the screenplay - the divorced men's group scenes really ring true and the moment when they have to leave their community center space so the women's divorce group can then use the room is uncomfortable and very funny. In my opinion, Clayburgh gives an up and down performance, sometimes really connecting with Reynolds and other times she just seems to be impersonating Diane Keaton. Fine supporting work by the always reliable Charles Durning and Austin Pendleton. This film is very hard to find in video stores for some reason. I just happned to catch it again on cable and was pleasantly surprised with how well it holds up.


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