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The Lonely Guy -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Bruce Jay Friedman (book)
Neil Simon (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 January 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You know you're lonely when. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Another mixed review, and video disappointment See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Steve Martin ... Larry Hubbard

Charles Grodin ... Warren Evans

Judith Ivey ... Iris

Steve Lawrence ... Jack Fenwick
Robyn Douglass ... Danielle

Merv Griffin ... Himself

Joyce Brothers ... 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)

Joan Sweeny ... Sally, Girl in Blood Bank

Nicholas Mele ... Maitre D'
Leon Jones ... Traffic Cop
Richard Delmonte ... Raul
Leslie Wing ... Brenda, Girl in Bar
Helen Verbit ... Woman in Window at Dr. Zook's
Kenneth O'Brien ... Hold Up Man
Erin Hiller ... Carol Zall, Girl in Bank
Karyn Harrison ... Louise - Girl waiting in Bar
Hunt Block ... Louise's Date - in Bar
Alan Leach ... Bookstore Man
Ed Beheler ... Jimmy Carter Look Alike

Jerry Grayson ... Man Who Gets Shot
Michael Greer ... Counterman
George Saurel ... Waiter
Erik Holland ... Ship's Officer
Hugh Douglas ... Narrator (voice)
Sarah Abrell ... Allison the Bride
Ken Hixon ... Guest in Church

Rance Howard ... Minister
Billy James ... Bridge Jumper #2
José Martínez ... Subway Gang Member
Jade Bari ... Cabbie

Gloria Irizarry ... Woman at Elevated
Beau Starr ... Mike - 2nd Cop
Dominic Barlo ... 2nd Hold Up Man
Charles DeVries ... Ship's Maitre D'
Santos Morales ... Janitor
Jolina Mitchell-Collins ... Verna Fenwick (as Jolina Collins)
Lena Pousette ... Frieda, Jack's Mistress
Charlie Laiken ... Man on Roof
Steve Hurwitz ... Man on Roof
Hardy Rauls ... Man on Roof

Doug Smith ... Man on Roof
Tom Kubiak ... Man on Roof
Joanne Dalsass ... Model at Party
Robina Suwol ... Girl at Party
Stephanie Segal ... Agent at Party
George Tyne ... Director at Party
Tony Giorgio ... Writer at Party

Eb Lottimer ... Groom

Dan Moody ... Spaceman
Jerry S. Tonda ... We Lu Fung, Oriental
Badja Djola ... Cave Man
Richard Sarradel ... Spaceman Lover
Susan Spilker ... Spacewoman Lover
Matthew Faison ... Lonely Guy

Martin Beck ... Lonely Guy
Charles Bouvier ... Lonely Guy
Leslie Bevis ... Seven Deadly Sins
Lamya Derval ... Seven Deadly Sins
Martina Finck ... Seven Deadly Sins
Martina Fouler ... Seven Deadly Sins

Jenny Gago ... Seven Deadly Sins

Margo Kelly ... Seven Deadly Sins
Marie Laurin ... Seven Deadly Sins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bella Jarrett

Loni Anderson ... Herself (uncredited)

Paul Benedict ... Dr. Zook (voice) (uncredited)

Andy Garcia ... (uncredited)
Ray Girardin ... Henry, Bridge Jumper (uncredited)
Elizabeth Kaitan ... (uncredited)
Allan Kolman ... Lonely Ship Passenger (uncredited)

Ángel Ramírez ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Mike Tremont ... Single Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
 
Writing credits
Bruce Jay Friedman (book "The Lonely Guy's Book of Life")

Neil Simon (screenplay) and
Stan Daniels (screenplay) and
Ed. Weinberger (screenplay)

Produced by
C.O. Erickson .... co-executive producer
Judy Gordon .... associate producer
Arthur Hiller .... producer
William E. McEuen .... executive producer
Dorothy Wilde .... associate producer
Dorothy Wilde .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
 
Film Editing by
Raja Gosnell 
William Reynolds 
 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
James Dowell Vance 
 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist: Loni Anderson
 
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... second assistant director
Jack Roc .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recordist (as Robert Hoyt)
Larry Jost .... sound
Stanley H. Polinsky .... sound re-recordist
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recordist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert G. Willard .... special effects (as Robert Willard)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Taylor .... matte photography
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Dean Smith .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Brown .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York
Alan R. Disler .... assistant camera
Bill Roc .... assistant camera
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Culotta .... costumer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer
Bruce Walkup .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Mellissa Bretherton .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty Chaplin .... script supervisor
Devron Conrad .... stand-in: Steve Martin
Cindy Cullen .... animal trainer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
David Oliver .... title designer
James W. Skotchdopole .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This film was made and released about six years after Bruce Jay Friedman's source book 'The Lonely Guy's Book of Life' was first published in 1978.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Warren and Larry are standing on the street with their ferns talking the woman in the blue dress with the brown purse passes in their background going from left to right and then passes them again going in the same left to right direction a short time later.See more »
Quotes:
Iris:I'm crazy about you Larry.
Larry Hubbard:I'm crazy about you too Iris.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Love Comes Without WarningSee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Another mixed review, and video disappointment, 17 April 1999
Author: TVholic from New York

The Lonely Guy is often quite funny but unfortunately sometimes dreadfully dull. Like Jim Abrahams and later Mel Brooks movies, this is classic Neil Simon where he throws rapid-fire jokes at you. Some hit and some miss, but you don't have to wait long for the next one. The scene where he dines alone in a fancy restaurant was one of the funniest. Somebody else seemed to think so, too, as it was copied almost verbatim for an Australian TV commercial two years later. Imitation must be the sincerest form of flattery.

As a New Yorker, I liked seeing the city in this movie. It's a somewhat dirtier but more variegated New York than in movies like "Ghost" or "When Harry Met Sally," which spent too much time in tony neighborhoods like Tribeca, the Village and Midtown.

Unfortunately, the definitive home video version does not exist and probably never will. The laserdisc is marred by a bad transfer and excessive, very objectionable video and audio noise. This may be the dreaded laser rot in action or just bad production. The DVD is beautiful, with a crisp transfer and no noticeable noise. But its 1.85:1 widescreen presentation is in the form of matting/masking the 1.33:1 Academy Frame, so instead of showing more picture, it actually shows less than the cassette and the laserdisc. The matting makes the "widescreen" frame feel distractingly cramped, with characters' heads continually butting up against the top. One joke in particular suffers badly: When Larry is laying on a bed talking to a woman, he's bare-chested in his fantasy to imply they're in bed together. But the widescreen version shows only his head, so the joke is weakened. Too bad a full-frame DVD will probably never be made as this is one of the few times when a full-frame presentation would have been preferable.

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