Paula is a 33-year-old former dancer whose life takes an unwelcome turn when her live-in boyfriend suddenly dumps her, leaving Paula and her 10-year-old precocious daughter Lucy (Quinn Cummings) in the lurch. If that weren't enough, Paula soon discovers that her New York apartment has been sublet without her knowledge to Elliot Garfield (Richard Dreyfuss), an eccentric struggling actor from Chicago who is making his off-Broadway debut in an ill-conceived production of Richard III
. Both desperate and at war over the apartment, Paula and Elliot come to a compromise: they will share the apartment under a set of strict rules and regulations. At first they drive each other crazy. Over time, however, it seems that the two might be more compatible than they thought.
Director: Herbert Ross
Writer: Neil Simon
Producer: Ray Stark
Cinematography: David M. Walsh
Editor: John F. Burnett
Production Designer: Albert Brenner
Set Designer: Jerry Wunderlich
Music Composer: Dave Grusin
Special Effects: Al Griswold
Costume Designer: Ann Roth
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss (Elliot Garfield), Marsha Mason (Paula McFadden), Quinn Cummings (Lucy McFadden), Paul Benedict (Mark Morgenweiss), Barbara Rhoades (Donna Douglas), Theresa Merritt (Mrs. Crosby), Michael Shawn (Ronnie), Patricia Pearcy (Rhonda Fontana)
Why THE GOODBYE GIRL is Essential
One of prolific writer Neil Simon's rare works written directly for the screen, The Goodbye Girl
is one of his finest scripts. The fully realized characters and zippy dialogue lend weight to the warm story that perfectly defines the best of modern romantic comedies.
Richard Dreyfuss' delightful portrayal of struggling actor Elliot Garfield won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. The victory set a record at the time, as Dreyfuss became the youngest actor in history to win the coveted statuette.
The Goodbye Girl
was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Marsha Mason), Best Actor (Richard Dreyfuss), Best Original Screenplay (Neil Simon) and Best Supporting Actress (Quinn Cummings).
by Andrea Passafiume