The Goodbye Girl (1977) 1977

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Richard Dreyfuss as a struggling actor and Marsha Mason as an even more struggling actress/dancer/mother deliver comedy repartee and bitter-to-best romance in Neil Simon's lustrous charmer featuring Dreyfuss' Academy Award-winning Best Actor performance.

Starring:
Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Herbert Ross
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 19 Jan 2004
Format: VHS Tape
With the current remake of Neil Simon's 'The Goodbye Girl' showing on television at the moment, it reminded me of this original film production, one of the better films from the 1970s, and one of the better films to derive from a Broadway play to keep much of the same character as the play. This film won numerous awards: Best Actor Oscar/Best Actor Golden Globe/Best Actor BAFTA for Richard Dreyfus; Best Picture Golden Globe; Best Actress Golden Globe/Best Actress Oscar Nomination for Marsha Mason; Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nomination for Quinn Cummings; Best Writing Oscar Nomination for Neil Simon, and the list goes on...
Neil Simon's play is dialogue driven rather than action-driven; this sometimes means the kiss of death for film, but in this production, it works beautifully. Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason (married to Neil Simon at the time) make a lively, comfortably uncomfortable duo as the new-to-New-York actor Elliot Garfield and the down-on-her-luck 'Goodbye Girl' Paula McFadden. Garfield shows up the night McFadden was dumped by her actor-boyfriend (not the first time this has happened, we soon discover); Garfield has been given the lease to the apartment that McFadden occupies with her daughter Lucy (admirably played by Quinn Cummings) -- much of the 'action' of the film takes place within the confines of this apartment (the primary set for the stage play) -- the relationship as Garfield and McFadden negotiate an unsettled truce which eventually becomes a friendship and then finally a love affair, with Lucy providing colour commentary all along the way.
Garfield is booked to play Richard III in the worst of all possible interpretations of the play; it closes in short order with atrocious reviews.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Carter on 14 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Richard Dreyfeuss is one of those actors that you either love or hate. I happen to think he is a very good actor and have enjoyed him in most of his films. This movie is easily one of his best works and my favourite! It’s no wonder that he got an Academy Award for this film! Marsha Mason is just great and they compliment each other perfectly. The Goodbye Girl is a wonderfully warm, funny and beautifully romantic movie that is rich and warm and a joy to experience! I would highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to watch a movie about two people who are searching for true love and have found each other.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sopipofi on 30 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
I'm compelled to write a review for this film, my first ever review, out of massive shock and disappointment that this film is not available for region 2! This film is a much much cherished film for me, and I'm sure would be for my fellow region 2 European, Japanese, South African and Middle Eastern cohorts also.

I can't fault it in anyway, except it made me:

A. Unhappy not to live in NY
B. Want to go to a Japenese car show
C. Want to eat wierd breakfast concoctions
D. Suspicious of chanting
E. Romantic about eating food that had been on the floor

A must see film. When I see all the "rom com" bilge available on DVD it makes my heart hurt that this has been overlooked.

Petition ends.

Sophie.

Over.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brilliant acting, whip crack repartee and one-liners which make you shout with laughter. A great and oscar winning performance by Dreyfuss and the first appearance of Richard the Third as even Shakespeare never imagined him 'the world's first interior decorator and fruit fly' Marsha Mason and Quinn Cummings are also perfect - its a wonderful ensemble piece.

This is a lovely, warm, funny and romantic comedy and I can't recommend it enough.

Utterly delightful, and long overdue release, me and my girlfriends can now replace our worn out video copies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rbee on 21 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Having loved this film since I was 17 I am delighted to learn that it is now available on DVD. I love the chemistry between Richard Drefuss and Marsha Mason and the beautiful score and theme song by David Gates provides the pefect backdrop to the witty and moving story. Rarely shown on TV (why?)it rightly won awards and nominations on release in 1977 but never seems to have got the recognition it deserved after that. I am delighted to learn that i am not alone in my appreciation of this forgotten and overlooked gem of a movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
People often talk about When Harry Met Sally [DVD] [1989] as a benchmark romcom, but this one is surely a genre masterpiece. Didn't Dreyfus win an Oscar?

Paula has been dumped by her no-good actor boyfriend; worse, he's sub-let the flat and she and her daughter only realise the full import of this when another actor, Elliot, arrives on her doorstep insisting it's his flat now. They agree to share despite mutual hostility, but with both suffering agonies at work - physical for Paula, too old to be a dancer; mental for Elliot, asked to play Richard III gay! - mutual sympathy soon leads to mutual attraction and more. But for how long can their idyll last?

Great script, great acting, dated music. Dreyfus' best work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Wright on 20 July 2010
Format: DVD
These days romantic comedies come with the additional tag 'chick flick.' Not so The Goodbye Girl. Easily one of my favourite films, the screenplay by Neil Simon and the acting by all of the principals (especially the astonishing Richard Dreyfuss) is matchless. Moreover, the interplay between the two leads is surely the fastest, funniest and sparkiest ever committed to film. The Goodbye Girl is a masterpiece.
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