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Starting Over (1979)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 October 1979 (USA)
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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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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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Amar de Novo  »

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There are three original songs that were written for this movie: "Better Than Ever" ; "Easy For You" and "Starting Over". They are all sung in the film by Candice Bergen and were written by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager. See more »

Goofs

During an outdoor grade school carnival, bathing suit-clad Marilyn participates in a dunk tank concession in the dead of a Boston winter. In reality, she would freeze. See more »

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Phil Potter: If I don't touch you soon I'll go out of my mind.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Burt Reynolds/Anne Murray (1980) See more »

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Joy To The World
(1741) (uncredited)
Music partly attributed to George Frideric Handel (1741)
Adapted and arranged by Lowell Mason (1839)
In the score at Christmas
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A smart, sophisticated movie that unfortunately palls with 30 minutes to go
13 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Although puzzlingly slow-moving, "Starting Over" is a gentle, funny film about a newly-divorced man attempting to date again. I loved it when Burt Reynolds (in a benign but amiable performance) hits the furniture store to fill up his apartment, but then sits in his studio surrounded by all the new pieces and now has nothing to do. Or when girlfriend Jill Clayburgh shouts at him, "I am no one-nighter! I am a teacher! I am going for my Masters!" The movie doesn't know what to do with its characters near the end--taking us down a few roads which disappointed me--but otherwise it's a smart, subtle comedy and the appealing players make the most of it. *** out of ****


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