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The Lonely Guy -- The Lonely Guy follows the progress of Larry (Steve Martin) and his buddy Warren (Charles Grodin) as they attempt to eke out a successful social life in the Big Apple. They're losers, until one day, Larry writes a book that turns loneliness into the ultimate love potion, and life is never the same.
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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some fun wackiness but peters out See more (37 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 Collins ... Verna Fenwick
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
Melissa Bretherton .... assistant film editor (as Mellissa Bretherton)
 
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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90 min
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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the officer gives Larry the ticket for the dog poop he fails to take down any of his details.See more »
Quotes:
Larry Hubbard:I mean, this is really getting drastic. I don't have anything in my place, I just left with a suitcase. I lost my comb. This morning, I had to brush my hair with my toothbrush. I mean, I cleaned it out really good so I feel more comfortable, but it takes about twenty minutes. Does it look okay?
Warren Evans:No, it looks good, I was just thinking about how good it looks.
Larry Hubbard:I think it looks good... I should get a comb.
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Love Comes Without WarningSee more »

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some fun wackiness but peters out, 14 March 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

This is dedicated to lonely guys everywhere. Larry Hubbard (Steve Martin) is an aspiring writer working at a greetings card company. He finds his girlfriend Danielle in bed with another man and she kicks him out. He befriends lonely guy Warren Evans (Charles Grodin) from the park bench. He meets Iris (Judith Ivey) at a diner but he smudges her number. He meets her again and loses her number again. She breaks up with him and he writes a book about his experience. He becomes a best seller.

It has a quirky original sense of spoof humor. This Arthur Hiller film reminds me of Mel Brooks. It's wacky light fun for a little while but it gets a bit repetitive. Martin and the sad Grodin have some nice comic chemistry. Judith Ivey is not funny enough. She needs to be as wacky as he is. She needs to be a great comedian. She's too limited. The perfect way for her character to go is for her to be a lonely gal. Even the sad Grodin feels repetitive with their pontifications.

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