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Starting Over (1979)

A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel.

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Dan Wakefield (based on the novel by), James L. Brooks (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Phil Potter
Jill Clayburgh ... Marilyn Holmberg
Candice Bergen ... Jessica Potter
Charles Durning ... Michael (Mickey) Potter
Frances Sternhagen ... Marva Potter
Austin Pendleton ... Paul
Mary Kay Place ... Marie
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Dan Ryan
Jay O. Sanders ... Larry (as Jay Sanders)
Charles Kimbrough ... Salesman
Richard Whiting Richard Whiting ... Everett
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Workshop Member
Wallace Shawn ... Workshop Member
Sturgis Warner Sturgis Warner ... John Morganson
Mary Catherine Wright Mary Catherine Wright ... Student 1 (as Mary C. Wright)
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Storyline

Burt Reynolds is an attractive middle-aged man who suffers a crisis of confidence when ditched by his ambitious singer wife (Candice Bergen), until he begins to forge a new new relationship with an equally insecure teacher (Jill Clayburgh). But when the wife attempts a reconciliation - seduction followed by a truly excruciating song she has composed for him - he realizes where his loyalty lies. Written by alfiehitchie

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Share with someone you love a warm and wonderful romantic comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf ein Neues See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$41,638,000
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, according to the 29th November 1979 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety', the movie was a record-breaker at the American domestic box-office stateside for the Paramount Pictures studio, setting a record for the highest ever grossing release for a film released in the Fall (Autumn) season, grossing US $26.5 million after fifty-two days in cinemas. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Marilyn is teaching her pupils to sublimate their anger by stomping their feet rather than hitting, she asks the children what they should do instead of hitting. One little boy, screen left, begins stomping his feet and making fists, despite the fact that Marilyn hasn't demonstrated the technique yet. An adult next to him leans down and whispers in his ear, and he not only stops, he wanders off behind some playground equipment and hides, apparently embarrassed at jumping the gun. See more »

Quotes

Student 2: Mr. Potter, class doesn't let out until 10.
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Referenced in Will & Grace: Strangers with Candice (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Starting Over
(1979)
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Candice Bergen
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Now this is what a "romantic comedy" should be like
24 June 2001 | by XRANDYSee all my reviews

Man, what a difference 20 years or so makes! I'm not sure when I saw this movie, but since it came out in 1979, and I saw it on TV (probably cable at my brother's house)-it was surely in the early 80s. I couldn't remember the movie very well (though I do distinctly remember Burt Reynolds taking the polaroids of Jill Clayburgh in the shower, and her laughing at the tall basketball player) but I knew that I thought it was funny. In fact it was funny enough to go on my short list of movies to watch again soon (you know that one that you never seem to get to). Well imagine my surprise when I saw this video in the bargain-bin of the video store here on the U.S. Army base in Yongsan Korea for two bucks!

Well I liked the movie back then, but I watched it with totally different eyes as a 37 year-old man. It was still funny, but in a much more relative way. Back then I thought Reynold's antics were charming, now I see them as irrepressible. I'm sure I thought Clayburgh's character was a little strange back then, now I see her as vulnerable and true.

This is a very good movie with numerous scenes that are funny and touching. In an industry flooded with banal romantic-comedies this should set the mark.


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