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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The $200/month rent Eliott paid for a two bedroom apartment (adjusted for inflation) would be $811 in 2017. While no specific address is given, assuming they're on the Upper West Side, the average rent for a one bedroom in 2017 is approximately $3250. See more »

Goofs

Elliott cries that the New York Daily News described his interpretation of Richard III as a "splendid Wicked Witch of the North". The witch of the north was Glenda, the Good Witch. On the other hand the New York Daily News is no New York Times either. See more »

Quotes

Paula McFadden: [angrily] Good night.
Lucy McFadden: What, no kiss?
Paula McFadden: [punching her pillow] I'm angry. I don't want to lose it.
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Connections

Referenced in Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A perfect a romantic comedy. Warm hearted, funny and well, just perfect!
20 April 2008 | by donmac117See all my reviews

Two decades have passed since I first viewed "The Goodbye Girl". I can think of few films that hold up like this Neil Simon comedy. I read in a previous review that the plot is "unbelievable". Am I wrong in recalling that the writer admitted that he got the concept complete from the life of an actor? Just another case of reality possessing more truth than fiction. Richard Dreyfus and Marsha Mason should be added to that rare list of actors whose performances will forever define the characters they portrayed. Elliot Garfield and Paula McFadden belong to them in perpetuity. Played by Quinn Cummings, Lucy McFadden simply made the film work as a sophisticated child who never uttered one cloying word. Bless you Quinn, wherever your are. For someone who has been a friend of actors, and who has adored dancers, every situation in the film rang true. Previous reviews havecovered all the cinematic aspects, so I will just add my accolade: This is a film that rates with the best of Hollywood.


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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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