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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.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Neil Simon
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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
Pancho González ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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 (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only thing that annoyed Marsha Mason about Richard Dreyfuss was that he always "reeked of fish." According to Mason, Dreyfuss had decided early on during the shooting that he needed to lose weight. His food of choice to accomplish this task? Sushi. "Day in and day out the man ate nothing but sushi," said Mason. "He had sushi brought to his trailer; he had sushi brought to the set. He had sushi sent to his home. The man lived and breathed--and reeked--sushi. I think he even slept with it." See more »

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During the spaghetti dinner, Lucy holds a fork wrapped with spaghetti; a second later, in mid-sentence, it is empty. See more »

Quotes

Paula McFadden: Be tactful.
Lucy McFadden: What's that?
Paula McFadden: Lie!
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Goodbye Girl
Written and Performed by David Gates
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Richard Dreyfyss vs. John Travolta
20 December 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

By 1977, Richard Dreyfuss was a well established actor, having appeared in "American Graffiti", "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" and "Jaws". That year he appeared in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "The Goodbye Girl", winning an Academy Award for Best Actor for the latter.

Probably the most notable role that year was John Travolta's turn as a working-class youth who dances to disco music in "Saturday Night Fever", one of the most iconic movies of the decade. By contrast, barely anyone remembers "The Goodbye Girl". On the other hand, Richard Dreyfuss is the better actor (more importantly, he frequently addresses political issues, while John Travolta is now more known for Scientology than for his movie roles). Are Academy Award nominations meant to address roles or individuals?

Whatever the case, this movie - the first that Neil Simon wrote directly for the screen - is worth seeing. I actually liked Marsha Mason's role more than Richard Dreyfuss's. I'd call her one of the most underrated actresses. Overall, it's an OK movie, not a masterpiece.


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