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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Phil Potter
... Marilyn Holmberg
... Jessica Potter
... Michael (Mickey) Potter
... Marva Potter
... Paul
... Marie
MacIntyre Dixon ... Dan Ryan
... Larry (as Jay Sanders)
... Salesman
Richard Whiting ... Everett
Alfie Wise ... Workshop Member
... Workshop Member
Sturgis Warner ... John Morganson
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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Phil Potter would like to straighten out his life...One way, or the other. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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5 October 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf ein Neues  »

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$41,638,000
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Trivia

Almost 20 years later, co-star Jill Clayburgh would appear in another movie, which like this one, was also based on a Dan Wakefield novel, Going All the Way (1997). Wakefield also appeared very briefly in Going All the Way (1997) as a farmer. See more »

Goofs

Moving mic shadow is visible on wall in scene where Phil meets Marie's children. See more »

Quotes

Man in Market: Just relax. Panama and Nicaragua border Costa Rica.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Barting Over (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by John Stafford Smith (1765?)
In the background when Phil calls Mickey
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A smart, sophisticated movie that unfortunately palls with 30 minutes to go
13 May 2001 | by See 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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