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The Goodbye Girl Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Dreyfuss, 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marsha Mason Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marsha Mason Best Actress 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Neil Simon Best Screenplay 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neil Simon Best Original Screenplay 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Dreyfuss Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1977 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Richard Dreyfuss Best Actor 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Dreyfuss Best Actor 1977 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard Dreyfuss Best Actor 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Raymond Stark Best Picture 1977 Nominee

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
as Elliott Garfield
Marsha Mason
as Paula McFadden
Paul Benedict
as Mark Morgenweiss
Barbara Rhoades
as Donna
Michael Shawn
as Ronnie
Patricia Pearcy
as Rhonda
Gene Castle
as Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levans
as Dance Instructor
Marilyn Sokol
as Linda
Anita Dangler
as Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby
as Mrs. Bodine
Robert Costanzo
as Liquor Store Salesman
Hubert Kelly
as Mugger
Dana Laurita
as Cynthia
Loyita Chapel
as Strip Club Dancer
Esther Sutherland
as Strip Club Manager
Clarence Felder
as Critic
David Matthau
as Furniture Mover
Milt Oberman
as Furniture Mover
Eddie Villery
as Painter
Joseph Carberry
as Strip Club Customer
Raymond J. Barry
as Richard III Cast
Powers Boothe
as Richard III Cast
Tom Everett
as Richard III Cast
Janice Fuller
as Richard III Cast
Robert Lesser
as Richard III Cast
Fred McCarren
as Richard III Cast
Nicholas Mele
as Richard III Cast
Maureen Moore
as Richard III Cast
Joe Regalbuto
as Richard III Cast
Wendy Cutler
as Improvisation Group
Andy Goldberg
as Improvisation Group
Nicol Williamson
as Oliver Frye
Paul Willson
as Improvisation Group
Clarence Felder
as Critic
Dana Laurita
as Cynthia
Daniel Levans
as Dance Instructor
Nicol Williamson
as Oliver Frye
Wendy Cutler
as Improvisation Group
Andy Goldberg
as Improvisation Group
Raymond J. Barry
as Richard III Cast
Fred McCarren
as Richard III Cast
Esther Sutherland
as Strip Club Manager
Eddie Villery
as Painter
David Matthau
as Furniture Mover
Gene Castle
as Assistant Choreographer
Joe Regalbuto
as Richard III Cast
Victoria Boothby
as Mrs. Bodine
Powers Boothe
as Richard III Cast
Nicholas Mele
as Richard III Cast
Robert Costanzo
as Liquor Store Salesman
Robert Lesser
as Richard III Cast
Tom Everett
as Richard III Cast
Maureen Moore
as Richard III Cast
Milt Oberman
as Furniture Mover
Loyita Chapel
as Strip Club Dancer
Marilyn Sokol
as Linda
Janice Fuller
as Richard III Cast
Hubert Kelly
as Mugger
Joseph Carberry
as Strip Club Customer
Anita Dangler
as Mrs. Morganweiss

Crew

Herbert Ross
Director
Raymond Stark
Producer
Neil Simon
Screenwriter
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
David Gates
Songwriter
Margaret Booth
Editor
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Seth Banks
Costume Designer
Shirley Strahm
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Griswold
Special Effects
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Regina Gruss
Publicist
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