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.


Herbert Ross


Neil Simon
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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 ... Linda
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Bodine
Robert Costanzo ... Liquor Store Salesman
Poncho Gonzalez Poncho Gonzalez ... Mugger


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 <>

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Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


One of around a half a dozen Neil Simon written films which have been remade. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Out of Towners (1970). See more »


During Paula's audition for Ronnie Burn's production he selects "...the boy in the gray slacks, the girl in the green knee-socks, and the girl in the red scarf." No one on stage is wearing any of these items. See more »


Paula McFadden: You have homework to do.
Lucy McFadden: We're moving in four days. Do I have to do homework?
Paula McFadden: Suppose between now and Friday they teach brain surgery. I wouldn't want you to miss it.
Lucy McFadden: [in an exasperated tone] Mother! We had it last week. Science.
Paula McFadden: Are you serious?
Lucy McFadden: Dumb! You know you're dumb.
Paula McFadden: [laughing] Well, I thought maybe in frog dissection. What do I know?
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Referenced in On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (1979) See more »


Goodbye Girl
Written and Performed by David Gates
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Instant classic
3 June 2003 | by jbelsSee all my reviews

This is a comedy they will be watching with endearment years and years from now. Holds up with beautifully paced performances from the three leads and really captures a time when movies could be fun just for fun's sake (along with Tootsie). The kind of movie you could watch, hit rewind, and watch immediately again.

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30 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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