The Goodbye Girl is a 1977 film.
The original screenplay by Neil Simon centers on an odd trio - an egotistical struggling actor who has sublet a Manhattan apartment from a friend, the current occupant, his friend's girlfriend, who is unaware she's been abandoned, and her precocious pre-teen daughter. The dislike between the two adults is immediate and intense, but they resolve to overcome their differences and attempt to share the tight quarters as harmoniously as possible.
Directed by Herbert Ross, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings. and Paul Benedict.
The title song, performed by David Gates, was a pop hit. The film's best known sequence is Dreyfuss' performance in a gay production of Shakespeare's Richard III, which is generally viewed as a comic highlight of 1970s cinema.
The Goodbye Girl was subsequently developed into a 1993 Broadway musical of the same name, starring Martin Short and Bernadette Peters.
The 2004 TNT remake with Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton is available in both VHS and DVD formats.
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