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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 ... 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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TNT,Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Marsha Mason, who played Paula McFadden in the original movie, also played Patricia Heaton's mother in TV show "The Middle". See more »

Connections

Remake of The Goodbye Girl (1977) See more »

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Laughter In the Sunshine
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scene-for-scene re-shoot
26 June 2004 | by stephenhowSee all my reviews

I have both the 2004 and 1977 versions on my TiVo, and the former is a scene-for-scene remake of the latter. It's interesting to see the small changes in the scenes from the two movies. Like in the "morning after" breakfast scene where the 1977 Lucy's Bicentennial lunchbox (remember 1976? remember lunch boxes), is replaced in 2004 with today's over-sized book backpack. Also, the 1977 Lucy had a Habitrail (TM) for her hampster -- still available today, but alas, not in the 2004 set. Of course, political correctness is evident in the 2004 version -- the 3 black purse-snatchers in 1977 are replaced by 3 white purse snatchers in 2004. In more evidence of progress, the 2004 rooftop dinner has much more Christmas lights than the 1977 version. Similarly, the Subaru in the 1977 auto show scene gets 39 mpg, while the Toyota in the 2004 auto show gets 60 mpg.

The best thing I can say about the 2004 version is that Patricia Heaton looks better in the role though 10 years older than Marsha Mason at the time of shooting.


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