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Goodbye Charlie (1964)

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George Axelrod's Goodbye Charlie flopped on Broadway with Lauren Bacall in the lead, but fared a little better as a film vehicle for Debbie Reynolds. Charlie (Harry Madden) is an inveterate philanderer who is shot dead by jealous husband Walter Matthau. Through a celestial fluke, Charlie's soul enters the well-rounded body of Debbie Reynolds. In this form, Charlie/Debbie seeks to settle old scores with her murderer as well as several other enemies. As if these aren't complications enough, Charlie's best friend Tony Curtis falls in love with Debbie, knowing full well that Debbie isn't really Debbie. If you liked Goodbye Charlie once, you'll love it twice: Blake Edwards retooled the whole megillah for Ellen Barkin, added a trendy feminist underlining, and came up with Switch (1991).
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Fox

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Cast

Tony Curtis
as George Wellington Tracy
Debbie Reynolds
as Charlie Sorel/Virginia Mason
Pat Boone
as Bruce Minton III
Walter Matthau
as Sir Leopold Sartori
Ellen Burstyn
as Franny
Laura Devon
as Rusty
Martin Gabel
as Morton Craft
Roger C. Carmel
as Inspector
Harry Madden
as Charlie Sorel, the Man
Myrna Hansen
as Starlet
Donna Michelle
as Guest on Yacht
Jerry Dunphy
as TV Newscaster
Carmen Nisbet
as Patrons at Beauty Salon
Sydney Guilaroff
as Patrons at Beauty Salon
Jack Richardson
as Party Guest
Rudy Hansen
as Germans in Bistro
Ed Wermer
as Germans in Bistro
Natalie Martinelli
as Italian Girl
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye Charlie

All Critics (2)

Nonsensical sci-fi comedy.

Full Review… | February 3, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Debbie Reynolds is so great as a Man Stuck in a Woman's Body.The Catalyst for "Switch" with Ellen Barkin, who is almost as good as Debbie Reyonlds, but not quite.Debbie Reynolds is really Funny & adorable in this

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden
½

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
jay nixon

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