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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

Production on this picture reportedly wrapped about two days ahead of schedule according to the 14th February 1979 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter'. 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

Marilyn Holmberg: What do you want?
Phil Potter: I want us to live together. I want us to get married. I want us to have children together. I want us to put our teeth in the same cup. I want us buried together in a family plot with one headstone. What do you want?
Marilyn Holmberg: I want a separate cup for my teeth.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Ties: Starting Over (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Better Than Ever
(1979)
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Also sung by Stephanie Mills
Produced by James Mtume (as Mtume) and Reggie Lucas (as Lucas)
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Well Made Comedy
29 August 2001 | by shark-43See all my reviews

This well made adaptation of Dan Wakefield's novel has wonderful comic moments and full-bodied performances. Burt Reynolds underplays his role and does some of the finest work of his roller-coaster career (it's up there with "Boogie Nights" and "Deliverance"). Candice Bergen is hysterical in the role of the wife who wants freedom and a singing career. (Little did we know in 1979 that Bergen would go onto great comedic success as Murphy Brown)James L. Brooks does a terrific job with the screenplay - the divorced men's group scenes really ring true and the moment when they have to leave their community center space so the women's divorce group can then use the room is uncomfortable and very funny. In my opinion, Clayburgh gives an up and down performance, sometimes really connecting with Reynolds and other times she just seems to be impersonating Diane Keaton. Fine supporting work by the always reliable Charles Durning and Austin Pendleton. This film is very hard to find in video stores for some reason. I just happned to catch it again on cable and was pleasantly surprised with how well it holds up.


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