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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.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Simon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment


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
Patricia Pearcy
as Rhonda Fontana
Nicol Williamson
as Oliver Frye
Gene Castle
as Assistant Choreograp...
Daniel Levans
as Dance Instructor
Anita Dangler
as Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby
as Mrs. Bodine
Robert Costanzo
as Liquor Store Salesma...
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
Powers Boothe
as Richard III Cast
Kensuke Haga
as Japanese Salesman
Tom Everett
as Richard III Cast
Ryokei Kanokogi
as Japanese Salesman
Janice Fuller
as Richard III Cast
Ruby Holbrook
as Woman in Audience
David Matthau
as Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman
as Furniture Mover
Joseph Carberry
as Strip Club Customer
Eric Uhler
as Strip Club Customer
Ray Barry
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Munson Hicks
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Robert Kerman
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Jeanne Lange
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Robert Lesser
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Dave Cass
as Drunk
Fred McCarren
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Nicholas Mele
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Maureen Moore
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Joe Regalbuto
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
Peter Vogt
as 'Richard III' Cast M...
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 (21) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Delightful Neil Simon modern-day fairy tale has swearing.

Full Review… | February 9, 2016
Common Sense Media

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

Super Reviewer

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

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

Super Reviewer

The Goodbye Girl Quotes

Elliott Garfield: I happen to have a lease in my pocket. Are you gonna honor it or what?
Paula McFadden: I have a daughter in my bedroom. That tops the lease in your pocket.
– Submitted by Andrew C (3 years ago)
Paula McFadden: What happened to your eye?
Elliott Garfield: I used it to stop a fist from going through my face.
– Submitted by Andrew C (3 years ago)
Paula McFadden: You were never four-and-a-half, you were born 26.
– Submitted by Andrew C (3 years ago)
Elliott Garfield: [lamenting yet another bad review of his performance in the play] Channel 5 was honest. Direct and honest: 'Richard the III stunk. And Elliot Garfield was the stinkee.'
– Submitted by Francis L (4 years ago)

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