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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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Phil Potter
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Marilyn Holmberg
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Jessica Potter
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Michael (Mickey) Potter
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Marva Potter
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Paul
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Marie
MacIntyre Dixon ...
Dan Ryan
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Larry (as Jay Sanders)
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Salesman
Richard Whiting ...
Everett
Alfie Wise ...
Workshop Member
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Workshop Member
Sturgis Warner ...
John Morganson
Mary Catherine Wright ...
Student 1 (as Mary C. Wright)
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Student 2
George Hirsch ...
Student 3
Ian Martin ...
Doorman
Aerin Asher ...
Lord & Taylor Lady
Ben Pesner ...
Victor
Mort Marshall ...
Room Service Waiter
Gilmer McCormick ...
Stephanie
Helen Stenborg ...
Older Woman
Michael Kaufman ...
Clerk
Marvin Lichterman ...
Husband
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Wife
Connie Fleming ...
Babysitter
Alison Stevens ...
Marie's Daughter
Michael McDermott ...
Marie's Son
Russell Horton ...
Man #2
Harold Lamson ...
Mark
Michael Bellaran ...
Small Boy (as Michael Belleran)
Deborah Reagan ...
Young Woman - Young Couple
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Husband - Young Couple
Tara King ...
Checkout Girl
A.C. Weary ...
Athletic Father
Lisa Sloan ...
Mother of Kid
Gaby Glatzer ...
Kid
Thomas James Riselli ...
Key Maker
Harriet Rawlings ...
Bloomingdale's Crowd
Simon McQueen ...
Bloomingdale's Crowd
Stacy Holiday ...
Bloomingdale's Crowd
Nadine Darling ...
Bloomingdale's Crowd
Kitty Muldoon ...
Bloomingdale's Couple
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Bloomingdale's Couple
Eric Geier ...
Bloomingdale's Couple
Sol Schwade ...
Man in Market
Tony Romano ...
Boston Man (as Anthony Romano)
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Matteo Cafiso ...
Pupil at School (uncredited)
Laurie Gould ...
Piano Instructor (uncredited)
Peter Pitula ...
Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alan J. Pakula

Written by

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

Produced by

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James L. Brooks ... producer
Isabel Halliburton ... associate producer (as Isabel M. Halliburton)
Alan J. Pakula ... producer
Douglas Wick ... associate producer (as Douglas Z. Wick)

Music by

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Marvin Hamlisch

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Sven Nykvist ... director of photography

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Marion Rothman ... (edited by)

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Marlayna Franklin ... assistant editor
Scott Vickrey ... assistant editor
Kathleen Korth ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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George Jenkins

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Philip Smith ... (as Phil Smith)
Harold McConnell Jr. ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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John Boxer

Makeup Department

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Frank Bianco ... hair stylist
Tom Ellingwood ... makeup artist
Robert Jiras ... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Mike Maggi ... makeup artist (as Michael Maggi)
Craig Lyman ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Herb Gains ... second assistant director
Alex Hapsas ... assistant director
Lewis Gould ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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Michael Bird ... set dresser
James Halligan ... construction grip (as Jim Halligan)
Harry Lynott ... shop craftsman
Michael Molly ... assistant art director
David Moon ... chargeman scenic artist (as Dave Moon)
Walter Stocklin ... property master (as Walter A. Stocklin)

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Louis Cerborino ... sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Norman Gay ... loop editor
Vito L. Ilardi ... boom operator (as Vito Ilardi)
Marc Laub ... supervising sound editor (as Marc M. Laub)
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
Denine Rowan ... assistant sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Louis Sabat ... recordist
Greg Sheldon ... assistant sound editor
Arthur Bloom ... boom operator: New York City & Boston (uncredited)
Jack C. Jacobsen ... sound mixer: New York & Boston (uncredited)
James Perdue ... sound recordist: New York & Boston (uncredited)

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William Canfield ... special effects

Stunts

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Bobby Bass ... stuntman
Trudy Clemens ... stunt woman

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Anthony Brook ... first assistant cameraman (as Anthony S. Brooke)
Ricki-Ellen Brooke ... second assistant cameraman (as Ricki Brooke)
Russell Engels ... gaffer (as Rusty Engels)
James Finnerty ... key grip (as Jim Finnerty)
Michael Ginsburg ... stillman
Fred Schuler ... camera operator
Michael F. Burke ... electrician (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Micky Wilson ... gaffer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sylvia Fay ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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William Loger ... costumer
Norman Salling ... wardrobe: Mr. Reynolds'
Rose Trimarco ... costumer

Location Management

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Frank Simpson ... location manager

Music Department

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William C. Carruth ... music editor (as William Carruth)
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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William Curry ... teamster captain

Other crew

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Harry Clein ... executive in charge of publicity
Christopher Cronyn ... assistant to: Mr. Garrity
William C. Gerrity ... production executive
Maggie James ... script supervisor
Adeline Leonard Seakwood ... production office coordinator (as Adeline Leonard)
Margery Leonard ... assistant to: Mr. Pakula
Donald Warnock ... photo double (Austin Pendleton) / photo double: Austin Pendleton
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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Merci d'avoir été ma femme... (France)
  • Auf ein Neues (Germany)
  • Comenzar de nuevo (Spain)
  • Egy elvált férfi ballépései (Hungary)
  • Auf ein Neues (West Germany)
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  • 105 min
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Trivia Originally director Alan J. Pakula did not want Burt Reynolds for the Phil Potter part, feeling he was not the right type; he wanted a more New York-trained actor along the lines of Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman. But Reynolds lobbied hard for the role and Pakula finally let him audition. After two auditions, Reynolds had the role, and Pakula subsequently has praised his work in the film. See more »
Goofs During an outdoor grade school carnival, bathing suit-clad Marilyn participates in a dunk tank concession in the dead of a Boston winter. In reality, she would freeze. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 10/When a Stranger Calls/Starting Over/Apocalypse Now (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Better Than Ever 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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