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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.

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Roland Joffé

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


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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of George Furth. See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits, Barry Newman's character is spelled "Lassetter," but in the video shown at the meeting near the beginning of the film, his name is spelled "Lassiter." See more »

Quotes

Rollins: They were having an affair?
Sergeant Rita Pompano: No, they were celebrating Earth Day, you fucking mook.
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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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Do You Love Me That Much
Written by Liz Hengber, Will Robinson
Performed by Peter Cetera
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A sexy, noirish thriller that keeps you guessing
11 June 1999 | by dan-303See all my reviews

The opening scene of Goodbye Lover is perhaps the most subtle part of the whole film: Patricia Arquette as Sandra, an LA realtor, is shown driving down a busy LA freeway while listening intently to a self-motivational tape. With this as evidence, we just _know_ this chick's nuts. And as the movie goes on, our suspicions are proved correct: we watch as Sandra schemes to kill her husband, Jake (Dermot Mulroney), along with her lover, who also happens to be Jake's brother, Ben (Don Johnson, in a particularly solid performance). But after Sandra's plan "succeeds", we learn that things aren't nearly as simple as they seem.

Rather, as we meet more and more characters, we find that each one is secretly screwing the other (In both senses of the word). A "good" girl played by Mary-Louise Parker and a cynical LA cop played by Ellen DeGeneres become embroiled in Sandra's web of deceit, and as each person succumbs to his/her avarice, the script gets funnier and funnier. In the end, it's a close tie between Arquette and Ellen for the most memorable moments in the film, but both characters have certain qualities that make them enjoyable to watch. Arquette's Sandra is a seductive and especially shrewd femme fatale who hums choruses from the Sound of Music while prancing about other people's homes (Arquette is the perfect Real Estate Agent From Hell). Meanwhile, DeGeneres' Rita Pompano is hilariously aloof to the lives of the people around her, casually dropping off-hand (And almost always crude and sarcastic) comments that demonstrate just how wise she is to Sandra's lusty motivations.

Sorry to say, I can't divulge too much of the film without spoiling it, but Goodbye Lover is something like a cross between The Last Seduction and Wild Things. However, unlike the ridiculous series of plot twists that just about ruined Wild Things, Goodbye Lover manages to avoid being too obvious in order to fulfill one's desire for a satisfying conclusion. Overall, I'd have to rate this sexy, noirish thriller with a well-deserved "A".


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