THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977) C widescreen 110m dir: Herbert Ross
w/Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict, Barbara Rhoades, Theresa Merritt, Michael Shawn, Patricia Pearcy, Gene Castle, Daniel Levans
Enjoyable romantic comedy set in New York. Mason is an ex-Broadway dancer whose lover skipped town and sold his apartment lease to Dreyfuss, a stage actor from Chicago trying to make it in the big city. The trouble is, Mason and her worldly ten-year-old daughter (Cummings) are still in the apartment.
From The Movie Guide: "A rarity for Neil Simon's screen efforts, THE GOODBYE GIRL perfectly blends humor, sentiment, and romance on a level so pleasant it's almost suspicious. ...
"This is a superb lighthearted comedy deftly directed by Ross, who helmed such hits as PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM and THE TURNING POINT. Mason is wonderfully warm and sensitive in a precarious role, while Dreyfuss, in a trademark performance, is nothing short of sensational. Cummings is a charming little girl whose premature sophistication provides some good humor. Next to THE SUNSHINE BOYS, this may be Simon's best original screenplay."
Dreyfuss received a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in THE GOODBYE GIRL. The film was also nominated for Best Picture, Actress (Mason), Supporting Actress (Cummings), and Original Screenplay.