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Goodbye Lover Details


A darkly comic whodunit about greed, deceit, and romantic deception, Goodbye Lover stars Patricia Arquette as Sandra, a seemingly moral and obsessively cheerful woman who sells real estate and is fascinated by the movie Patricia Arquette. But Sandra has a secret; while she's married to Jake (Dermot Mulroney), an ad executive who is having problems with both his career and his drinking, she's having an affair with his brother, Ben (Don Johnson), a successful public relations man. Ben, on the other hand, is already dallying with Peggy (Mary-Louise Parker), a woman on his staff who is beautiful but insecure, though she has a darker side few people know about. When Ben decides to break it off with Sandra so he can pursue his relationship with Peggy, Sandra is furious, and, knowing Jake would be just as angry, tells him about their affair. A vengeful Jake confronts Ben, which leads to a knock-down, drag-out fight -- and Ben's death, as he falls from a window. Ben leaves behind a hefty insurance settlement, and soon the surviving characters are scrambling over the money. Enter Police Detective Rita Pompano (Ellen DeGeneres), who has seen too much in her time on the force to not develop a deep cynicism about the people she protects -- or to not be tempted to get in on the payday herself. Goodbye Lover was directed by Roland Joffé, in something of a departure from his best-known work in high-minded dramas such as Roland Joffé and Roland Joffé. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 16, 1999


Patricia Arquette
as Sandra Dunmore
Dermot Mulroney
as Jake Dunmore
Ellen DeGeneres
as Rita Pompano
Mary-Louise Parker
as Peggy Blane
Don Johnson
as Ben Dunmore
Ray McKinnon
as Rollins
Alex Rocco
as Detective Crowley
Andre Gregory
as Reverend Finlayson
John Neville
as Bradley
Vincent Gallo


Roland Joffé
Joel Roodman
Alexandra Milchan
Chris Daniel
Patrick J. McDarrah
Ron Peer
Screen Story
Ron Peer
Alec Sokolow
Joel Cohen
Dante Spinotti
John Ottman
Composer (Music Score)
William Steinkamp
Stewart Starkin
Production Designer
Van Spurgeon
Associate Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
Michael Nathanson
Executive Producer
Jon Cornick
Executive Producer
Caroline Quinn
Set Designer
Tessa Posnansky
Set Designer
Gae S. Buckley
Set Designer
Pawel Wdowczak
Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Jacobs
First Assistant Director
Shari Rhodes
Joseph Middleton
Gerald T. Olson
Line Producer
Gerald T. Olson
Second Unit Director