The Goodbye Girl (1977)




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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.
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Romance
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Richard Dreyfuss
as Elliott Garfield
Marsha Mason
as Paula McFadden
Quinn Cummings
as Lucy McFadden
Paul Benedict
as Mark Morgenweiss
Barbara Rhoades
as Donna Douglas
Theresa Merritt
as Mrs. Crosby
Michael Shawn
as Ronnie
Patricia Pearcy
as Rhonda Fontana
Nicol Williamson
as Oliver Frye
Gene Castle
as Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levans
as Dance Instructor
Anita Dangler
as Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby
as Mrs. Bodine
Robert Costanzo
as Liquor Store Salesman
Hubert Kelly
as Mugger
Dana Laurita
as Cynthia
Esther Sutherland
as Strip Club Manager
Loyita Chapel
as Strip Club Dancer
Caprice Clarke
as Strip Club Dancer
Raymond J. Barry
as Richard III Cast
Kensuke Haga
as Japanese Salesman
Powers Boothe
as Richard III Cast
Tom Everett
as Richard III Cast
Ryokei Kanokogi
as Japanese Salesman
Janice Fuller
as Richard III Cast
Ruby Holbrook
as Woman in Audience
Kristina Hurrell
as Gretchen
David Matthau
as Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman
as Furniture Mover
Eddie Villery
as Painter
Joseph Carberry
as Strip Club Customer
Eric Uhler
as Strip Club Customer
Ray Barry
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Munson Hicks
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Robert Kerman
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Jeanne Lange
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Robert Lesser
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Dave Cass
as Drunk
Fred McCarren
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Nicholas Mele
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Maureen Moore
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Joe Regalbuto
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Peter Vogt
as 'Richard III' Cast Member
Wendy Cutler
as Improv Group Member
Susan Elliott
as Improv Group Member
Andy Goldberg
as Improv Group Member
Paul Willson
as Improv Group Member
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Critic Reviews for The Goodbye Girl

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

Delightful Neil Simon modern-day fairy tale has swearing.

Full Review… | February 9, 2016
Common Sense Media

Stagey, literal, and sentimental, this romantic film is mediocre in every respect, writing by Neil Simon, direction by Herbert Ross.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011

Broadway-like funny romantic comedy sitcom about struggling Manhattan actors, that has its awkward moments.

Full Review… | February 25, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dreyfuss got his Oscar for this Neil Simon romantic comedy costarring Marsha Mason.

March 22, 2008

Dreyfuss is great but the movie has not held up well.

February 27, 2005
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Emblematic of the underside of 70s American film.

July 4, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Audience Reviews for The Goodbye Girl

A woman, Paula (Marsha Mason) & a man, Elliott Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss) are forced to share an apartment after Tony DeForrest, an actor who took care of Paula & her 10 year old daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings in her first role) left & Elliott was next to sublet the apartment. Elliott acts as Richard lll in an off-off broadway play. Paula & Elliott fight through the duration of the film until they learn to appreciate one & another fall in love. The chemistry between Dreyfuss & Mason is wonderful & Quinn Cummings shines in the role of Mason's daughter Lucy. Another part that is funny is when Dreyfuss is acting as Richard lll :) Richard Dreyfuss's best film :) Everyone needs to see this movie :) It's just ahhhhhmazing! :) :) :) :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

This is not your average love hate relationship. Dreyfuss deserved his Oscar, and everyone deserves to see this film.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Winning love story, written by Neil Simon, has great chemistry between its leads. Scenes where Dreyfuss is a flamboyant Richard III are side-splitting.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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