The Goodbye Girl
Thank you Neil Simon for making us laugh at falling in love...again.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 9, 2010
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- English, French
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Dreyfuss & Marsha Mason|
|Performer:||Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict & Barbara Rhoades|
|Directed by||Herbert Ross|
|Edited by||John F. Burnett|
|Screenwriting by||Neil Simon|
|Composition by||Dave Grusin|
|Cinematography by||David M. Walsh|
|Produced by||Ray Stark|
Academy Awards 1977 - Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss
Rating: C+ -- Stagey, literal, and sentimental, this romantic film is mediocre in every respect, writing by Neil Simon, direction by Herbert Ross. Full Review
...[Ross] is a man of wit and humane concerns....[Dreyfuss and Mason] are enthusiastic farceurs...
New York Times
Rating: 1/5 -- Emblematic of the underside of 70s American film.
F5 (Wichita, KS)
The Goodbye Girl is a sentimental comedy that is saved by the indisputable charm of its actors and the quiet efficiency of its mise-en-scène. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
The Goodbye Girl remains a bit too mechanically predictable to be a complete success. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Rating: 3/5 -- Dreyfuss' Oscar-winning performance and the chemistry between him and Mason, plus Neil Simon script make this an entertaining watch.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Rating: B- -- Broadway-like funny romantic comedy sitcom about struggling Manhattan actors, that has its awkward moments. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Neil Simon's touching romantic comedy tells the story of a divorced ex-dancer (Marsha Norman), with a small daughter (Quinn Cummings) to support, who must start her life anew when her latest lover abandons her to pursue his career. Further complicating her life is the arrival of an egotistical actor (Richard Dreyfuss) who sublet her Manhattan apartment from her wayward boyfriend. Despite their initial hostility, this unlikely pair discovers romance as they help each other cope with the hardships of life in the big city.
Neil Simon's romantic comedy is a funny and heartwarming tale of a divorcée, Paula (Marsha Mason), whose latest actor boyfriend abandons her and her precocious daughter (Quinn Cummings, in a breakthrough performance) and sublets their New York apartment out from under them. When Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss), an egotistical actor from Chicago, shows up in the middle of the night to stay in his new place, the strangers are forced to live in the same apartment. Struggling for work, ex-dancer Paula must learn to live with the actor and his bizarre and eccentric ways. Elliot's New York theatrical debut turns out to be disastrous, featuring a brilliant behind-the-scenes look at the New York off-off-Broadway theater scene, including a hilarious and painful rendition of RICHARD THE THIRD. Meanwhile, Paula endures embarrassing auditions and fights to get back into dancing shape. Despite their initial hostility, Paula and Elliot soon learn to rely on one another as they struggle to make it in New York. Herb Ross films Neil Simon's funny character study with a light touch, filled with memorable scenes and performances.
- The film features the song "Goodbye Girl" by David Gates.
- "You were never four-and-a-half, you were born 26."--Paula (Marsha Mason) to Lucy (Quinn Cummings)
- "I thought you said you were decent!"--Paula
"I am decent; I also happen to be naked."--Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss)
- "Ask an actor a question, and he gives you his credits."--Paula
- "What is it about you that makes a man with a hundred forty-seven I.Q. feel like an idiot'"--Elliot
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