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The Goodbye Girl (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 16 January 2004
Musical dancer on the way out (at 36) Paula McFadden had it swell with actor Tony DeSanti, but instead of taking her to Hollywood he gets a European movie part. He even sublets their (his) ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Elliot Garfield
Patricia Heaton ... Paula McFadden
Hallie Eisenberg ... Lucy McFadden (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Lynda Boyd ... Donna Douglas
Alan Cumming ... Mark
Richard Benjamin ... Oliver Fry
Sharon Wilkins Sharon Wilkins ... Mrs. Crosby
Zak Santiago ... Dance Class Instructor
Marco Soriano ... Ronnie Burns
Woody Jeffreys ... Eddie, Ronnie's Assistant
Panos Grames Panos Grames ... Pianist
Jessica Van der Veen Jessica Van der Veen ... Stage Manager
Emily Holmes ... Rhonda
John Shaw ... First Gentleman
Jack O'Connell ... Salesman- Liquor Store
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Storyline

Musical dancer on the way out (at 36) Paula McFadden had it swell with actor Tony DeSanti, but instead of taking her to Hollywood he gets a European movie part. He even sublets their (his) New York apartment to Elliot Garfield, who generously lets her stay, even keeping the master bedroom. Pragmatic pre-teen daughter Lucy soon takes to his charm, but Paula remains determined to hate all actors. Despite the stress of a Broadway Shakespeare lead he must play too queer for Frisco, he's determined to snatch romance from ingratitude. Written by KGF Vissers

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A story about love at first fight.

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Comedy

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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This "updated" remake involved little rewriting of the original 1977 film (The Goodbye Girl (1977)). The screenplay is word-for-word and scene-for-scene from the original script with the exception of a few curse words removed to make it appropriate for television and a line that referred to Richard Dreyfuss's height in the original that wouldn't make sense when said by Jeff Daniels. See more »

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References Inherit the Wind (1960) See more »

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Laughter In the Sunshine
Written by Patrick Woodland
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Why bother?
18 January 2004 | by jlacerraSee all my reviews

Why did they remake this picture? It was a pleasant enough TV movie if there was not a really excellent original to which it pales in comparison.

Jeff Daniels, usually a favorite of mine, is not cut out for this type of comedy. He is neither funny or sympathetic as Elliot. Patricia Heaton is OK, but there is virtually no chemistry between her and Daniels. The daughter is too cute and wise.

Oddly, a high point in this picture is a cameo by director Richard Benjamin. This production makes one want to go back into the archives and retrieve the Dreyfuss/Mason version to REALLY see the show.


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