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Scripted by James L. Brooks from Dan Wakefield's novel, Alan J. Pakula's romantic comedy follows the tribulations of a freshly divorced man as he looks for love with a wary single woman. Phil Potter Burt Reynolds sans mustache can't quite believe it when his aspiring songbird wife Jessica Candice Bergen kicks him out to realize her career dreams, but the added revelation of her adultery speeds him out the door by choice. Relocating to Boston, Phil starts to settle in with the help of his psychiatrist brother ...
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Scripted by James L. Brooks from Dan Wakefield's novel, Alan J. Pakula's romantic comedy follows the tribulations of a freshly divorced man as he looks for love with a wary single woman. Phil Potter Burt Reynolds sans mustache can't quite believe it when his aspiring songbird wife Jessica Candice Bergen kicks him out to realize her career dreams, but the added revelation of her adultery speeds him out the door by choice. Relocating to Boston, Phil starts to settle in with the help of his psychiatrist brother Mickey Charles Durning, joining a divorced men's therapy group. Phil really begins to feel better when Mickey and his wife Marva Frances Sternhagen set him up with her friend Marilyn Jill Clayburgh, a preschool teacher who has had her share of grief from newly single men. Phil wins her over and even convinces her to move in, but an unexpected visit from a regretful, saucily clad Jessica, and an anxiety attack over buying a couch, threaten to end Phil's new life with Marilyn before it has a chance to start. Starting Over offers a ruefully comic look at how the decade's rising divorce rate did not mean fun and games for all the new bachelors; Brooks' movie debut after a sparkling career in 1970s TV with The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi, it was also proof that top '70s star Reynolds could be more than just a good 'ol boy. Still, while the three leads were all praised for their work, only Clayburgh and Bergen received Oscar nominations. Starting Over was a moderate hit, and its humorous yet down-to-earth view of single life and its discontents reassured unattached thirtysomethings that, even though it may not be easy, everything could still turn out fine in modern romance.
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Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TV's; Dolby Digital: English mono; English subtitles
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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Scripted by James L. Brooks, after a sparkling career in 1970s TV with The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Taxi, Alan J. Pakula's Starting Over (1979) took on contemporary issues of divorce and courtship through the tribulations of a freshly divorced man looking for love with a wary single woman. Starting Over's ruefully comic realization that the rising divorce rate did not mean fun and games for all the new bachelors was also proof that top '70s star Burt Reynolds could be more than just a good ol' boy. Moving from Candice Bergen's Me Decade narcissist to Jill Clayburgh's relationship-scarred teacher, the mustache-less Reynolds is a humorously low-key mess of male anxiety and indecision who maintains his charm despite his floundering. While the three leads were all praised for their work, only Clayburgh and Bergen received an Oscar nomination. Starting Over's down-to-earth view of single life and its discontents reassured unattached thirtysomethings that romance was still possible in the post-sexual-revolution age of divorce and dating, and it was a moderate hit for former paranoia maestro Pakula.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • UPC: 097360123944
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Phil Potter
Jill Clayburgh Marilyn Holmberg
Candice Bergen Jessica Potter
Charles Durning Michael "Mickey" Potter
Frances Sternhagen Marva Potter
Austin Pendleton Paul
MacIntyre Dixon Dan Ryan
Jay O. Sanders Larry
Richard Whiting Everett
Sturgis Warner John Morganson
Kevin Bacon Husband (Young Couple)
Nadine Darling
Anne de Salvo Wife
Russell Horton Man #2
Michael Kaufman Clerk
Charles Kimbrough Salesman
Tara King Checkout Girl
Marvin Lichterman Husband
Mort Marshall Room Service Waiter
Ian Martin Doorman
Gilmer McCormick Stephanie
Simon McQueen Bloomingdale's Crowd
Kitty Muldoon
John Murray Bloomingdale's Couple
Mary Kay Place Marie
Tony Romano Boston Man
Sol Schwade Man in Market
Wallace Shawn Workshop Member
Lisa Sloan Mother of Kid
Helen Stenborg Older Woman
Daniel Stern Student 2
A.C. Weary Athletic Father
Alfie Wise Workshop Member
Mary Catherine Wright
Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director, Producer
John Boxer Costumes/Costume Designer
James L. Brooks Producer, Screenwriter
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer, Songwriter
Alex Hapsas Asst. Director
George Jenkins Production Designer
Michael Molly Production Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Marion Rothman Editor
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Carole Bayer Sager Songwriter
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Phil Smith Set Decoration/Design
Doug Wick Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Stand Up On Your Own [8:35]
2. A Single Man [4:47]
3. Meeting Marilyn [4:44]
4. Support Group [10:58]
5. Just Dinner [6:56]
6. No Romantic Stuff [6:46]
7. First Day Of School [5:27]
8. Thanksgiving [8:03]
9. Move In With Me [4:32]
10. Visit From The Ex [8:53]
11. Better Than Ever [5:59]
12. Panic Attack [7:52]
13. Welcome Back Mr. Potter [6:39]
14. I Need Terrific [7:04]
15. What Do You Want? [8:04]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprising performance from Burt Reynolds

    This movie is a must see for all Reynolds fans as it really showcases his acting talent. Sure, he is a amusing in all those rough and tough films he does but you should not miss this fabulous, low-key performance.

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