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The Lonely Guy (1984)

R | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Merv Griffin
Joyce Brothers (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Candi Brough ...
Schneider Twin
Randi Brough ...
Schneider Twin
Julie Payne ...
Madison Arnold ...
Roger Robinson ...
Dan Hannafin ...
Park Guard (as Daniel P. Hannafin)
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Maitre D'


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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27 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,072,130, 27 January 1984, Wide Release

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1.85 : 1
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Merv Griffin: As Himself, during the The Merv Griffin Show (1962) sequence. See more »


When Warren and Larry are standing on the street with their ferns talking the NYPD police car 807 drives by and then drives by again a second time five seconds later. See more »


Larry Hubbard: Iris, how old are you?
Iris: Thirty.
Larry Hubbard: And you've had *six* husbands?
Iris: That's a lot, isn't it?
Larry Hubbard: No, no, not really. When you think about it, it's just one every five years.
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Love Comes Without Warning
Performed by America
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by John Bettis
Produced by Matt McCauley
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Slight but amiable episodic comedy with funny moments and universal truths...
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Recently dumped by his girlfriend, struggling novelist and greeting card writer Steve Martin becomes one of New York City's Lonely Guys: unattached fellows who dine alone, sleep alone, take care of their ferns and occasionally jump off the Manhattan Bridge. Neil Simon's adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman's book "The Lonely Guy's Book of Life", scripted by Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger, isn't full of great jokes, but does have enough of them to sustain enjoyment for about an hour. Once Martin becomes a success--writing a handbook for the Lonely Guys of the world--the picture has no place left to go and dies. Director Arthur Hiller probably didn't understand episodic comedy--his linking device between skits, conversations between Martin and lonesome cohort Charles Grodin, is occasionally more amusing and potentially more interesting than the main narrative--but Steve Martin is working at the peak of his charms and some of the gags have a low-key spark of genius. ** from ****

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