Goodbye Charlie

Overview

George Axelrod's Goodbye Charlie flopped on Broadway with Lauren Bacall in the lead, but fared a little better as a film vehicle for Debbie Reynolds. Charlie Harry Madden is an inveterate philanderer who is shot dead by jealous husband Walter Matthau. Through a celestial fluke, Charlie's soul enters the well-rounded body of Debbie Reynolds. In this form, Charlie/Debbie seeks to settle old scores with her murderer as well as several other enemies. As if these aren't complications enough, Charlie's best friend Tony...
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Overview

George Axelrod's Goodbye Charlie flopped on Broadway with Lauren Bacall in the lead, but fared a little better as a film vehicle for Debbie Reynolds. Charlie Harry Madden is an inveterate philanderer who is shot dead by jealous husband Walter Matthau. Through a celestial fluke, Charlie's soul enters the well-rounded body of Debbie Reynolds. In this form, Charlie/Debbie seeks to settle old scores with her murderer as well as several other enemies. As if these aren't complications enough, Charlie's best friend Tony Curtis falls in love with Debbie, knowing full well that Debbie isn't really Debbie. If you liked Goodbye Charlie once, you'll love it twice: Blake Edwards retooled the whole megillah for Ellen Barkin, added a trendy feminist underlining, and came up with Switch 1991.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Goodbye Charlie is a lot like its Andre Previn/Dory Langdon theme song -- it gives a good impression of swinging, even though, at heart, it's pretty square. Nothing in Charlie really clicks the way it's supposed to, but it's harmless and diverting enough that most people won't mind spending a couple of hours in its presence. The lion's share of the blame for its flaws rests with the George Axelrod play upon which it is based and the Harry Kurnitz screen adaptation. There's simply not a lot to this tale, either in terms of plot, theme, or character development. The authors started with a high concept, but never really gave it enough juice to help it develop a good head of steam. Worse, most of the jokes -- very important in this kind of sex comedy -- provoke smiles rather than belly laughs. Director Vincente Minnelli doesn't do enough to take up the slack; the film is professionally directed, but a little hesitant, as if Minnelli feels uncomfortable with the mildly racy aspect of the material. Still, it does have his flair for creating pleasing visuals, and the production design is smart and sharp. Best of all is the cast, who sail through the goings-on like the pros they are. If Debbie Reynolds is not ideal casting, you'd never know it from the verve with which she attacks the part, swaggering so much that she'd practically dare you to prove there was no hair on her chest. (She also has never looked more stunning in her life.) Tony Curtis and Pat Boone do everything they're supposed to do, and there's nifty support from Martin Gabel, Joanna Barnes, and a young Ellen Burstyn. It's no great movie, but Goodbye Charlie's cast makes it reasonably smooth sailing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • UPC: 024543878728
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,029

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis George Tracy
Debbie Reynolds Charlie Sorel (Female)
Pat Boone Bruce Minton
Joanna Barnes Janie
Ellen Burstyn Franny
Ellen McRae Franny
Laura Devon Rusty
Walter Matthau Sir Leopold Sartori
Martin Gabel Norton Craft
Roger C. Carmel Inspector
Michael Romanoff Patron
Anthony Eustrel Butler
Donna Michelle Guest on Yacht
James Brolin
Jerry Dunphy TV Newscaster
Sydney Guilaroff Patrons at Beauty Salon
Myrna Hansen Starlet
Michael Jackson Himself
Harry Madden Charlie Sorel (Male)
Jack Richardson Party Guest
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Richard Day Art Director
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
John W. Holmes Editor
Emil Kosa Jr. Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
Dory Langdon Songwriter
André Previn Score Composer, Songwriter
Elmer Raguse Sound/Sound Designer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
David Weisbart Producer
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