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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

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After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Neil Simon
Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Elliot Garfield
Marsha Mason ... Paula McFadden
Quinn Cummings ... Lucy McFadden
Paul Benedict ... Mark
Barbara Rhoades ... Donna
Theresa Merritt ... Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn Michael Shawn ... Ronnie
Patricia Pearcy ... Rhonda
Gene Castle Gene Castle ... Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levins Daniel Levins ... Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Linda
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Bodine
Robert Costanzo ... Liquor Store Salesman
Poncho Gonzalez Poncho Gonzalez ... Mugger
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Storyline

A divorced woman and her daughter come home to find that her boyfriend has left for an out of town job with no warning. This has happened before. The second surprise comes in the form of another actor who has sublet the apartment from her boyfriend (who did not mention the pair of females who would be in residence). After some negotiation the two decide to share the apartment even though she has vowed to stay away from actors. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The feature film debut of Quinn Cummings. See more »

Goofs

When Paula is on the balcony at the end of the film holding the guitar, the position of her hands changes after they cut back from a quick shot of Elliot. See more »

Quotes

Mark: You're unhappy Elliot?
Elliot Garfield: Unhappy? No. I am freaking petrified. The critics are going to crucify me, Mark. And Gay Liberation is going to hang me from Shakespear's statue. By my genitalia. You gotta help me, Mark.
Mark: What do you want, Elliot?
Elliot Garfield: I want my hump back! I want my club foot. I want a little paralysis in my right hand! I don't mean a lot, just a little, two stiff fingers, I need a little motivation.
Mark: I see. You want to play it safe, eh? You want to give us your standard, conventinal Richard. Well,...
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Connections

Referenced in Kate & Allie: The Goodbye Girl (1986) See more »

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Goodbye Girl
Written and Performed by David Gates
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My favourite film
11 May 2003 | by datkins-3See all my reviews

My favourite film of all time. Despite its academy awards at the time it remains largely unknown now which is sad. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you feel good. What more can you expect from a movie?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogart Slept Here See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$102,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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