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This is by all means a wonderful performance by both staring actors Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason.
Mason is the typical woman that has been in a bad relationship... Burned numerous times and being a single mother, she is scared of falling in love. And I believe she plays the part VERY well. Her boyfriend left her and her daughter subleasing their appartment for the next three months to another actor but one of whom neiher know (Dreyfuss). This man is very understanding and kind towards the two even though Mason's character is unbelievably rude towards him. After a few weeks of living together the two become attracted to one another... Mason is fighting the feeling while Dreyfuss is embracing it... This is a marvelous tale but when you add in Richard Dreyfuss and his upbeat comic, always making you smile attitude about life, this this story become magnificent.
Academy Awards (1978):
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Richard Dreyfuss
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Marsha Mason
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Quinn Cummings
Best Picture: Ray Stark
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Neil Simon
Golden Globes (1978):
Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy: Richard Dreyfuss
Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy: Marsha Mason
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Neil Simon
Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role: Quinn Cummings
I remembered this movie from the 80's and loved it. I thought Richard Dreyfuss was hilarious and the little girl was just too precocious and cute. I got the DVD and was not disappointed. The movie was as good as I remembered and although the clothes and styles are obviously dated (this was made in 1977 I believe) the humor and issues are timeless. There are some great lines from this movie, one of my favorites being "because of a mentally arthritic director, I'm about the to play the second greatest role in the history of the English speaking theater like a double order of fresh California fruit salad!". Very funny and touching. Recommend.
By far the most excellent roles for Dreyfuss and Mason ever. This movie is one for the archives; to be watched at least once a year or on a cold winter night snuggled next to your baby. Loved it. And have continued to do so from the first time I saw it upon release. It is in my DVD library and even my 32 year old son claims it is one of his faves. David Gates singing the title song makes Bread even more acceptable and appreciated. Love the 70's. Later
I ordered The Goodbye girl because I recently watched it on TV and remembered how much I enjoyed it years ago when it first came out. What a good love story! Richard Dreyfus is so funny...did you know that he won an Academy Award for best actor in his role as Elliot Garfield? The movie is just so cute. It has a happy ending, too.
Probably the best romance film ever made after Casablanca! Truly a treasure and still holds up wonderfully! Dreyfus won the Oscar for this performance and it is strange to see him working this hard for the camera. Having played a believable Dick Cheney in W. to see him here as a young upstart is great. Marsha Mason never looked better and Neil Simon never hit these heights again! Worth a second look!