The Goodbye Girl


The Goodbye Girl

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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.

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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
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
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
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 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

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Audience Reviews for The Goodbye Girl

  • Sep 11, 2013
    Not entirely my kettle of fish although I appreciate Dreyfuss and Mason's performances. I prefer other depictions of Broadway but this is nonetheless a well polished film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2013
    A very beloved friend who unfortunately deleted her account after 7years from flixster recommend me this Movie as a goodbye. A very nice and clever recommendation. I m not a Richard Dreyfuss fan, but it quite took me by surprise. Very lovely Movie.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2012
    Parts of "The Goodbye Girl" feel a little contrived and there's almost no explanation for the unexpected romance that develops between the two protagonists, which makes their relationship feel awkward and paper thin, but the cast is so good and the screenplay is so funny and sweet that these issues become irrelevant. Richard Dreyfuss is excellent.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2010
    This is not your average love hate relationship. Dreyfuss deserved his Oscar, and everyone deserves to see this film.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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