Goodbye Charlie

1964

Goodbye Charlie

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69%

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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).

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
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

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  • Under Vincente Minnelli's direction, the film has a certain style and pace. But it is much more vulgar than stylish, much more sluggish and dull than fast.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Minnelli, whose work brings together an extraordinary set of themes, looks at the violence and the lust of Hollywood, the riotous pleasure-seeking of its players big and small.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Even by delving into fantasy for its wildly implausible premise this picturization of George Axelrod's not-so-successful 1960 Broadway play doesn't come off as anything but the mildest type of entertainment.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Nonsensical sci-fi comedy.

    March 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Both Miss Reynolds and Tony Curtis behave gamely, but Goodbye Charlie is one of those games that will never be won.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Goodbye Charlie said hello to sexual liberation.

    March 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Goodbye Charlie

  • Sep 08, 2014
    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.
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  • Jan 03, 2009
    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 n Super Reviewer

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