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Starting Over (1979)

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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5 October 1979 (USA)  »

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According to the book 'Rating The Movie Stars' by Joel Hirschhorn, Burt Reynolds " . . . was reportedly angry when co-stars Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen received Oscar nominations for Starting Over (1979) and he was ignored." See more »

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In the second Divorced Men's Club meeting, the characters are all wearing exactly the same clothes they wore in the first. See more »

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Student 2: Mr. Potter, class doesn't let out until 10.
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Referenced in Broadcast News: James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice (2011) See more »

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The Star Spangled Banner
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Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith (1765?)
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Nice realistic comedy
9 July 2007 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

This is a nice movie, that depicts a man's difficult time coping with a divorce from a woman he still cares about and falling in love with another woman at the same time. Most critics have said this is Burt Reynolds finest performance. It has some very touching moments that we could all relate to, and there are some very funny moments as well.

Jill Clayburgh is perfect as a normal, not so young, woman that you could run across anywhere. If this movie was made today, they would have cast a gorgeous 18 year old, with big lips that couldn't act.

Candice Bergen, who is gorgeous, steals the show, with a hilarious scene involving her singing. The movie has aged some, and as a previous writer said, "would never be made today." But for me, that statement is complimentary to this movie.


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