An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss, featuring The Goodbye Girl
Directed by: Herbert Ross
USA, 1977, 111m, Rated PG
*Talent in attendance
In a textbook example of a brilliant screenplay finding the perfect cast at the perfect moment in time, The Goodbye Girl stands proud as one of the most hilarious depictions of love overcoming seemingly total incompatibility ever committed to screen. After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed ex-chorus girl (Marsha Mason) and her precious daughter (Quinn Cummings) are reluctantly forced to share an apartment with a neurotic off-off-Broadway actor (Richard Dreyfuss) in this masterful romantic comedy by the great Neil Simon. Time magazine noted, “It is rare that an actor can move an audience from hilarity to sorrow in a matter of seconds, but that is what Dreyfuss does in The Goodbye Girl. Astoundingly enough, a small movie has given birth to a major star.” Nominated for five Academy Awards®, including best picture, best actress, best supporting actress (for 10-year-old Cummings), and best screenplay, The Goodbye Girl made star Richard Dreyfuss (at the age of 30) the then youngest-ever recipient of the Oscar® for best actor. With an additional four Golden Globe wins, including best motion picture, musical, or comedy, the film’s place in cinematic history was cemented in 2002 when the American Film Institute named it one of the “100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time.” The Florida Film Festival welcomes you to a celebration of this cinema classic on Enzian’s big screen, followed by a conversation with Richard Dreyfuss.