Goodbye Girl (1977)
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Goodbye Girl (1977)

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Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Herbert Ross, Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings

     
 

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Marsha Mason is known as "The Goodbye Girl" because of all the live-in boyfriends who have said ta-ta to her in the past few years. A former Broadway chorus dancer, the divorced Mason lives in the Manhattan apartment of her latest lost love with her daughter Quinn Cummings. Enter arrogant actor Richard Dreyfuss, who has subleased the apartment from Mason's former…  See more details below

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Marsha Mason is known as "The Goodbye Girl" because of all the live-in boyfriends who have said ta-ta to her in the past few years. A former Broadway chorus dancer, the divorced Mason lives in the Manhattan apartment of her latest lost love with her daughter Quinn Cummings. Enter arrogant actor Richard Dreyfuss, who has subleased the apartment from Mason's former boyfriend and moves in bag and baggage in the middle of the night. Dreyfuss and Mason spend the next few weeks getting in each other's way and fighting like cats and dogs. The wind is taken out of Dreyfuss' sails when he opens in a production of Richard III, which has been sabotaged by the director (Paul Benjamin), who insists that Dreyfuss portrays Richard as a hip-swinging homosexual. The play closes after one performance, and the once-overconfident Dreyfuss goes on a self-pitying drunken binge. Touched by his vulnerability, Mason begins falling in love with Dreyfuss despite her lousy track record with men. Richard Dreyfuss became the youngest ever "Best Actor" Oscar winner as a result of his performance.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With a witty screenplay by Neil Simon and an excellent cast, The Goodbye Girl (1977) had the pieces in place for an utterly appealing romantic comedy. Lightly directed by Herbert Ross, Simon's apartment-sharing scenario uniting a wary single mother with a struggling actor finds the humor in a quintessentially contemporary milieu of serial relationships, commitment-phobia, and New York real estate. Then-wife of Simon, Marsha Mason revealed her talent for comedy as well as dramatic emotion in her performance as the gun-shy Paula, while newcomer Quinn Cummings was charmingly self-assured as her young daughter, Lucy. Rising star Richard Dreyfuss' Elliott was both broadly hilarious playing an ill-conceived Richard III and charmingly sensitive as a romantic lead. Greeted as a straightforward piece of joyful escapism, The Goodbye Girl became an unexpected hit, and earned several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay. Ross was nominated for directing The Turning Point (1977) instead. The 29-year-old Dreyfuss took home the Best Actor statuette, becoming the youngest winner of the award.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883929155392
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
3,051

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Elliott Garfield
Marsha Mason Paula McFadden
Quinn Cummings Lucy McFadden
Paul Benedict Mark Morgenweiss
Barbara Rhoades Donna
Theresa Merritt Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn Ronnie
Patricia Pearcy Rhonda
Gene Castle Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levans Dance Instructor
Marilyn Sokol Linda
Anita Dangler Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby Mrs. Bodine
Robert Costanzo Liquor Store Salesman
Hubert Kelly Mugger
Dana Laurita Cynthia
Loyita Chapel Strip Club Dancer
Esther Sutherland Strip Club Manager
Clarence Felder Critic
David Matthau Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman Furniture Mover
Eddie Villery Painter
Joseph Carberry Strip Club Customer
Raymond J. Barry Richard III Cast
Powers Boothe Richard III Cast
Tom Everett Richard III Cast
Janice Fuller Richard III Cast
Jeanne Lange Richard III Cast
Robert Lesser Richard III Cast
Fred McCarren Richard III Cast
Nicholas Mele Richard III Cast
Maureen Moore Richard III Cast
Joe Regalbuto Richard III Cast
Peter Vogt Richard III Cast
Wendy Cutler Improvisation Group
Andy Goldberg Improvisation Group
Nicol Williamson Oliver Frye
Dave Cass Drunk
Paul Willson Improvisation Group

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Seth Banks Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Booth Editor
Albert Brenner Production Designer
John F. Burnett Editor
David Gates Songwriter
Albert Griswold Special Effects
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Shirley Strahm Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Goodbye Girl
1. Scene 1 [2:54]
2. Scene 2 [3:26]
3. Scene 3 [2:03]
4. Scene 4 [3:46]
5. Scene 5 [3:25]
6. Scene 6 [4:15]
7. Scene 7 [2:49]
8. Scene 8 [2:58]
9. Scene 9 [2:50]
10. Scene 10 [2:59]
11. Scene 11 [3:31]
12. Scene 12 [6:21]
13. Scene 13 [2:39]
14. Scene 14 [4:42]
15. Scene 15 [5:46]
16. Scene 16 [5:21]
17. Scene 17 [2:27]
18. Scene 18 [1:26]
19. Scene 19 [6:12]
20. Scene 20 [3:33]
21. Scene 21 [2:43]
22. Scene 22 [2:26]
23. Scene 23 [4:24]
24. Scene 24 [4:18]
25. Scene 25 [2:10]
26. Scene 26 [4:37]
27. Scene 27 [3:00]
28. Scene 28 [2:05]
29. Scene 29 [6:36]
30. Scene 30 [1:49]
31. End Credits [2:44]

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Goodbye Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
goodgirl2 3 months ago
I love this movie. its fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want this movie so bad . and when I get it then I'll enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeping in mind that I don't own the film on DVD (I taped it off HBO not too long ago), let me just say this is one of the best romantic comedies I ever saw. Neil Simon's screenplay is hilarious, touching and witty all at the same time, the cast sparkles (Dreyfuss deserved that Oscar, IMHO), and you can't help but feel joyous all over. Why can't we have more movies like this, rather than the "comedies" we get from people like Rob Schneider (keeping in mind, once again, that I'll never see his movies on a bet)? And teens: if you think Rob Schneider is funny, I dare you to watch the scene in this film where Elliot does Richard III as a flaming homosexual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Goodbye Girl is a cute movie! I first saw it in a movie theater when I was 11 years old and then watched it several more times when it was shown on HBO. Marsha Mason, Richard Dreyfuss and Quinn Cummings are all superb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard Dreyfuss has never been one of my favorite actors, and I wouldn't know Marsha Mason if I tripped over her, so imagine my surprise when they ended up making one of the best romantic comedies I've seen in years. Working from an outstanding script by Neil Simon "Mason's husband at the time", Dreyfuss and Mason make for a truly 'odd' couple: she's a bitter single mom forced to share her apartment with an eccentric actor from Chicago. Of course, circumstance and her worldly-wise, smart-aleck daughter "Quinn Cummings" conspire to bring them together. To its credit, ''The Goodbye Girl'' manages to remain firmly out of the upscale urban fairytale realm so many other romantic comedies stumble into. If there's any shortcoming, it's that the Marsha Mason character's change from unlikeable to a sympathetic love interest is really abrupt. Keep an eye out for Paul Benedict -- the neighbor on ''The Jeffersons'' -- as Elliot's director with a rather unique take on ''Richard III.'' Definitely worth a look.
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