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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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Taglines:

Phil Potter would like to straighten out his life...One way, or the other. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to delays in filming Bernardo Bertolucci's Luna (1979), actress Jill Clayburgh missed attending a number of awards ceremonies for which she had been nominated for An Unmarried Woman (1978) whilst dubbing sessions for Luna (1979) had to be postponed until Clayburgh had finished work on Starting Over (1979). 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

Man in Market: Just relax. Panama and Nicaragua border Costa Rica.
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Connections

Featured in Sneak Previews: Take 2: Love Stories (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Better Than Ever
(1979)
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Sung by Candice Bergen
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A smart, sophisticated movie that unfortunately palls with 30 minutes to go
13 May 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Although puzzlingly slow-moving, "Starting Over" is a gentle, funny film about a newly-divorced man attempting to date again. I loved it when Burt Reynolds (in a benign but amiable performance) hits the furniture store to fill up his apartment, but then sits in his studio surrounded by all the new pieces and now has nothing to do. Or when girlfriend Jill Clayburgh shouts at him, "I am no one-nighter! I am a teacher! I am going for my Masters!" The movie doesn't know what to do with its characters near the end--taking us down a few roads which disappointed me--but otherwise it's a smart, subtle comedy and the appealing players make the most of it. *** out of ****


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