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Goodbye Lover (1998)

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Ben and Sandra are hot and provocative lovers, but Sandra is unfortunately married to Ben's younger brother Jake, and soon Jake will find out about Ben.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Ron Peer (story), Ron Peer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Arquette ... Sandra Dunmore
Dermot Mulroney ... Jake Dunmore
Mary-Louise Parker ... Peggy Blane
Ellen DeGeneres ... Sgt. Rita Pompano
Ray McKinnon ... Rollins
Alex Rocco ... Det. Crowley
Don Johnson ... Ben Dunmore
Andre Gregory ... Rev. Finlayson
John Neville ... Bradley
JoNell Kennedy ... Evelyn (as Jo Nell Kennedy)
Akane Nelson Akane Nelson ... Receptionist
Kevin Cooney ... Company Man #1
Will Stewart ... Dennis
Nina Siemaszko ... Newscaster
David Brisbin ... Mr. Brodsky
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Ben and Sandra are hot and provocative lovers, but Sandra is unfortunately married to Ben's younger brother Jake, and soon Jake will find out about Ben. Written by Anonymous

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No one's ever been so good at being so bad.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sedutora See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,011,175, 18 April 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,923,061, 23 May 1999
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of George Furth. See more »

Goofs

As Jake talks with Mike while he plays pinball, the video game on Mike's right has a Super Street Fighter II marquee (although "Street" is taped over), but the game playing on the screen is clearly Mortal Kombat 3. See more »

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Sergeant Rita Pompano: Either the world's right side up or upside down, it depends on how you look at it. I mean, close the book of rules and there's just people caught in situations - like you and me.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, there's a new brief scene showing Sandra walking down the aisle in the church with the collection plate in her hands a smile on her face. See more »

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Features Martha Stewart Living (1996) See more »

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Climb Ev'ry Mountain
from The Sound of Music (1965)
Written by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
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Brilliant mix of noir and comedy!
27 January 2000 | by kpyattSee all my reviews

"Goodbye Lover" is the remedy for a person in need of sizzling, film noir mystery or laugh-out-loud comedy. Patricia Arquette and Ellen DeGeneres carry the film and both seem right at place as their characters. Arquette plays Sandra Dunmore, Don Johnson is Ben, her husband's brother. Dermot Mulroney is Jake Dunmore, Sandra's husband. A plan is being woven and you don't always know by who, as insurance money is what everyone wants. I won't give anything away, even though twists aren't the only thing this film has going for it. Like I said, I spent half the time laughing hysterically. Ellen DeGeneres is Rita Pompano, a lazy detective who hates the human race and is only in the force because "Every once in a while I get to shoot somebody." The film's script is smooth and well written, full of the right dose of thrills and laughs. Despite what many may say about this film, it is the perfect example of what film noir is all about. Not just mystery, not just comedy, but a little bit of both. A fantastic film.


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