Goodbye Charlie (1964)


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One of those role-switching reincarnation films so popular over the last decade, this was a precursor from the sixties. When Charlie (Harry Madden), an outrageous playboy, is shot by an irate husband, he returns as a she--and a right beautiful she to boot. Now in the body of Debbie Reynolds, the complications as Charlie seeks revenge for his own murder are predictable but, nonetheless, fun to watch. Curtis and Mattheau are fun to watch and Minnelli makes this off-the-wall story work.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Axelrod, Harry Kurnitz
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On DVD: Apr 16, 2013


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as Charlie Sorel/Virgin...

as Bruce Minton III

as Sir Leopold Sartori

as Morton Craft

as Inspector

as Charlie Sorel ...

as Starlet

as Guest on Yacht

as TV Newscaster

as Patrons at Beauty Sa...

as Patrons at Beauty Sa...

as Party Guest

as Germans in Bistro

as Germans in Bistro

as Italian Girl
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye Charlie

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Minnelli wanted Marilyn Monroe for the lead, and indeed Debbie Reynolds is doing too much in this comedy about gender reversal and transgressive conduct, though Tony Curtis has some good moments

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Goodbye Charlie

Cinema great Vincent Minnelli directed this light appetizer about gender swapping. Within the early 1960's Hollywood community infidelity is rampant and no one is faulting one hack screenwriter Charlie Sorel, until a jealous husband (Walter Matthau, playing a Hungarian continental type playboy) catches him in the act and shoots him. Dead.
Sorel's bestie (Tony Curtis) is surprised then when his life long buddy shows up again, reincarnated.
As Debbie Reynolds.
She's pretty good, too.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


At times tasteless but generally breezy gender switching comedy and certainly better than the awful remake "Switch". Debbie is glamorous and ribald, Tony suitably exasperated and its interesting to see Ellen Burstyn this early in her career.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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