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The Lonely Guy (1984)

 -  Comedy  -  27 January 1984 (USA)
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A writer for a greeting card company learns the true meaning of loneliness when he comes home to find his girlfriend in bed with another man.

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Warren Evans
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Iris
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Jack Fenwick
Robyn Douglass ...
Danielle
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Himself
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Herself (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Candi Brough ...
Schneider Twin
Randi Brough ...
Schneider Twin
Julie Payne ...
Rental Agent
Madison Arnold ...
Lonely Cop
Roger Robinson ...
Greeting Card Supervisor
Dan Hannafin ...
Park Guard (as Daniel P. Hannafin)
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Sally, Girl in Blood Bank
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Maitre D'
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Storyline

When shy Larry Hubbard finds his girlfriend in bed with another man he is forced to begin a new life as single. But since he can't bear being on his own he tries to court Iris who is not however interested in him. Larry begins writing a book on his experience as a single which unexpectedly becomes a best seller. He becomes rich and famous and even his relationship with Iris can begin on a new basis. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Please don't turn him down. See more »

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27 January 1984 (USA)  »

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$4,800,000 (USA)
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Steve Martin is seen dressed up as Charles Chaplin in this movie as Charlie's "Tramp" character. See more »

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When Warren and Larry are standing on the street with their ferns talking it is initially a very overcast day with only a slight building shadow showing near the curb on the other side of the street. Toward the end of the scene it is suddenly a very bright day and a very visible shadow has moved 2/3 of the way across the street towards them. See more »

Quotes

Iris: How long have you been a lonely guy?
Larry Hubbard: Is it *that* noticeable? What is it that gave me away?
Iris: I know phony sweat when I smell it. When you first came in, I thought you were Larry Bird.
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Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by John Bettis
Produced by Matt McCauley
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relationships of humor
25 September 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Lonely Guy" isn't as funny as some of Steve Martin's other movies, but it probably wasn't supposed to be since it focuses more on relationships. Martin plays a guy who comes home to find his lover in bed with another man, and sets out to find someone else. Assuming that ferns and dogs aren't the only options.

This movie does come across as one of Martin's more serious roles. "Grand Canyon" (about race relations in the 1990s), "...And the Band Played On" (about the spread of AIDS) and "The Spanish Prisoner" (about a con game) were his most serious roles, while this one still tends more towards comedy. The strength definitely lies in Martin's character's evolution from complete loner to a man actively in search of a soul mate. Some scenes are obviously thrown in for comic relief. I found the funniest scenes to be the fancy restaurant and the bridge. It's not a great movie, but OK.

Also starring Charles Grodin, Judith Ivey and Steve Lawrence, with guest appearances by Merv Griffin, Joyce Brothers and Loni Anderson.


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