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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elliot Garfield
... Paula McFadden
... Lucy McFadden
... Mark
... Donna
... Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn ... Ronnie
... Rhonda
Gene Castle ... Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levins ... Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol ... Linda
Anita Dangler ... Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Bodine
... Liquor Store Salesman
... Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
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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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Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again. See more »

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30 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Bogart Slept Here  »

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$102,000,000
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One of eleven movies made by writer Neil Simon and producer Ray Stark. The films, most made at Rastar Pictures with film studio Columbia, include Murder by Death (1976), The Cheap Detective (1978), California Suite (1978), Chapter Two (1979), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Slugger's Wife (1985), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Lost in Yonkers (1993). See more »

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When Quinn Cummings pulls the old style flip-top off the can of soda it breaks leaving a sharp piece sticking out of the opening of the can. Quinn sees it, but continues the scene with barely a flinch. Pretty amazing for a 10 year old. See more »

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Elliot Garfield: [Drunkenly reading out loud a review of his performance as Richard III] The 'Times' writes: Elliot Garfield researched Richard the Third, and discovered him... to be England's first badly dressed interior decorator!
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Referenced in Three's Company: The Goodbye Guy (1980) See more »

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How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music written by Burton Lane
Lyrics written by Ralph Freed
Played on a record and sung by Richard Dreyfuss
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Marsha Mason Does Helen Trent ***1/2
9 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Poor Marsha Marson. All of her relationships end in failure. The guy simply walks out. She has a precocious daughter, devilishly played by Quinn Cummings. The latter received a supporting actress nomination and faded from the movie scene real fast. Where are you Quinn darling?

Forced to share an apartment with a stranger, Mason may finally be on the right track. Richard Dreyfuss is that man and in a surprise Oscar winning performance (Richard Burton was also up for Equus that year), he is perfect in the role as the charmer.

By movie's end Dreyfuss has to go off to somewhere but unlike the other men in her life, will return. How do we know he is coming back? Just see this delightful film and find out.


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