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The Goodbye People (1984)



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Credited cast:
Arthur Korman
Max Silverman
Nancie Scot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Gugleotti ...
Irwin Abrams
Gene Saks ...
Marcus Soloway
Eddie Bergson
Sammy Smith ...
George Mooney
James Trotman ...
Michael Silverman
Sid Winter ...
The Jogger


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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asynithistoi anthropoi  »

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Brenda Vaccaro was nominated for the 1969 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "The Goodbye People" for the role of Nancy Scott. See more »

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Nearly a sequel to "A Thousand Clowns"
16 June 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie has a bad rep (see Leonard Maltin's guide), but if you liked Herb Gardner's "A Thousand Clowns," you will find similar pleasures here. Great writing from Gardner, with periodic laugh-out-loud lines. The cast works well, too, particularly Martin Balsam from "Clowns" (fascinating to see in a virtually opposite role 20 years later). Interesting also to see Gene Saks in a near-cameo, unrecognizable from his Chuckles character from "Clowns." Most intriguing to me is the setting; 95 percent of it takes place on the beach and boardwalk. In "Clowns," the play was "opened up" from the apartment with the addition of exhilarating (and mostly wordless) excursions around New York City. Conversely, "The Goodbye People" needs no such opening up, as the outdoor Coney Island setting has as its greatest asset the endless horizon. Accordingly, this film is about dreams and what you've got to do to make the most of life. Yes, it's talky, but so is "Clowns." In most movies, it's the writing that makes the difference, and Gardner doesn't disappoint. As a bonus, awesome evergreens make up the soundtrack. Don't hesitate to give this gem a try.

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