Jan. 4, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST
Dreyfuss being forced to do Richard III as a gay is COMEDY GOLD.
Jan. 4, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST
Goodbye Girl was actually a film before it hit the stage, which may be why it never felt like a play as filmed. And they turned it into a Martin Short / Bernadette Peters musical instead of a straight play. Suffers a bit for it, could have definitely been one of Simon's instant classics on stage if done straight. (And stay away from the TNT remake - so blah. Jeff Daniels is no Dreyfuss and Patty Heaton still holds to much "raymond" in her system.)
Jan. 4, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST
Some great movies coming up. I agree with you about Dreyfus. It is why I am so non-plussed by Brad Pitt. Maybe there is some meaty talent in there waiting for the right material...but Ben Butt was not it. I watched Braveheart the other day and for all its predictable grab for emotion there are moments of great acting by Mel. I also think his break down in Signs is really great. I bring it up because Mel is/was a pretty boy who also has the acting chops...
Jan. 4, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST
by Wyatt Wingfoot
...hanging on the Rod!!!" --Harlan Ellison to Nichele Nichols (ca. 1967)
Jan. 4, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST
Richard Dreyfuss in the 70's is golden, then sporadic in the 80's. What the heck happened to his script choices
Jan. 4, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST
Well if you judge a movie by how many times you've seen it then this is it for me. It's not flawless and some of the jokes have aged but this is a masterful rom-com. It was originally begun by Mike Nichols with Robert Deniro, it all went pear shaped as Deniro, according to Nichols "couldn't do joy" bob walked, and Simon re wrote the part for Dreyfuss. There are so many things I love that this would be the longest tb ever. If you like this check out "the owl and the pussycat" with Streisand and George segal. (try and get the uncut version as babs has an amazing nude scene and she's hot!)
Jan. 4, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST
I took my name for this site only to find when I got the DVD the line is actually "earl this !" is there anyone sadder than me?
Jan. 4, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST
Dreyfuss does not do this kind of stuff anymore. I can't say he has much range - he kinda does Dreyfuss being hunted by a shark... Dreyfuss seeing UFOs... Dreyfuss on a steak out with a sheen brother... etc etc. <P> But even in bad movies he's interesting to watch. Dreyfuss needs to get more leading roles again or at least Oscar worthy supporting roles.
Jan. 4, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
This comes on TV occasionally and it still holds up well. Another decent Dreyfuss film is The Competition with Amy Irving.
Jan. 4, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST
and he is already on the phone to remake this with Jennifer Aniston, and like you said, Zack Braff.
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
Although it has all but ruined Richard III for me - I just keep seeing a camp arm waving up and down!
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST
you have this movie for free!
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST
Quint, no! Come on man, this has been the best feature on AICN in...well hell, maybe ever! I hope that I'm misinterpreting "last run" and you don't mean you're actually ending this column. Please don't, it's been too great! I'm sure you can find more old school movies you haven't seen, right? Right? Come on man!
I still love this movie. I remember watching it as a kid, with my mom. Marsha Masons character reminds me so much of my girlfriend, single mom, the way how shes always on the defense. If you guys haven't seen it, and want a date DVD movie, get it. Dryfuss is funny in this one.
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST
And yes, it does have the best adaptation of Richard III on film ever! <p>Like many of you, I always wondered what happened to Richard Dreyfuss, but the answer is that he simply went down the path many great actors of that period did. He become irrelevant or just a bit supporting actor, just like stars like James Caan, Robert Duvall, Roy Schneider, Ryan O’Neal, George Segal, Elliot Gould, etc. It is always sad when such great talents are forgotten or wasted, but it is a simple truth of the movie business that some actors just can't stay a star forever. <P> As a side note, if you want to see Dreyfuss in a different light, check him out in “Dillinger”, directed by John Millius and starring Warren Oates, where Dreyfuss plays a very psychotic “Baby Face” Nelson. A great, fun movie.
Jan. 4, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
That has happened to a lot of big stars. For every John Wayne or Clint Eastwood you have a Burt Reynolds or a Richard Dreyfuss. It's entirely possible that the same thing will eventually happen to Brad Pitt.
Jan. 4, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
for actresses. Jill Clayburg anyone?
Jan. 4, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST
with giant robots and big explosions
Jan. 4, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST
by nolan bautista
Jan. 4, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
wow...that's one hell of an omission. Just for the cast alone, it's one of the biggest movies ever made. The score is another thing altogether. The main theme is one of the most memorable I've ever heard outside of a John Williams soundtrack, and it's perfect for the movie - A brave, heroic and noble cause who's outcome is almost a foregone conclusion, and yet... I saw it when it came out in the theaters in '77 and twenty years later I could still hum it almost note for note, having only seen it once on cable since.
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST
The last movie I remember seeing him in that still had that firey spark was called " Once Around".. he starred with Holly Hunter and played this likeable obnoxious asshole in it. I do think he's aged better than Reynolds and some of his other peers from that era though.He still seems to work regularly and hasn't done anything too embarrassing yet.
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
by Larry of Arabia
Even the great actors we have are forced to be personalities on screen. There is nothing wrong with that. The Duke was all personality, so was Carry Grant. Great actors of the day who could have coasted on personality, though, like Jimmy Stewart, didn't. Can you think of many working actors at the height of their popularity taking on say Vertigo? The sad thing is that even the modern actors who have proven they can really, really act just don't. Like Will Smith in "Ali" and "6 Degrees" Tom Cruise in "Magnolia" or, heck with it, the old, GOOD Nicholas Cage. Cage could have been a modern great but decided to sit back on his crazy charisma routine and "Nic Cage." They can act, they just don't. Dreyfuss could have sat back like they do now, but he didn't. Where are the actors like that today?
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST
(Dammit, why didn't I call myself Charles Dagastino?) Anyway quick excuse to quote my favourite line "capital P, capital U , capital TRID"
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST
I remember being shocked at Dreyfuss' new doo in the movie poster for THE BIG FIX after getting used to his look in this and previous great works. I wound up liking Bix Fix too..
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST
so ive seen it a few times, and i must admit its pretty damn great. never gets boring, and considering the subject matter (and my comic book fueled brain) is quite an achievement. Richard Dreyfuss is fantastic in everything, but especially this. his balance of comedy, pride, passion and anger in this role really is impressive.
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
I've never seen the movie except for that little clip.
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST
by Bumpasses Dawg
Double damn I say!
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:29 p.m. CST
by Bumpasses Dawg
That was the name of the film with Holly Hunter, a few years before "What About Bob." One of my favorite roles of his was the narrator in "Stand By Me." Not a lot of physical screen time, but it resonated.
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST
earlfist, i knew it. DeNiro is the best at playing the toughguy, he has it down pat though but even when he tries to do comedy it is still in his toughguy mode, Midnight Run, Meet the Parents, Analyze This. Even Pacino took a shot at the whimsical joyful person in Arthur! Arthur! (1982)
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:58 p.m. CST
I also certainly hope "last run" does not mean the column is ending. I'd be sad :( Also, you mentioned elsewhere you might do a top ten of AMAD for the past year. I think that'd be cool.
Jan. 4, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST
I am indeed doing a look back on my favorites of AMAD, but I will probably do that next week... when the column ends. I announced it when I reviewed Notorious, the 200th title in the column... This year's going to be a hugely busy one for me and I just can't keep it going. I do love writing about vintage film and I will keep doing so on the site, but it's just not going to be on a forced schedule.<BR><BR>I also have a special series hitting right after AMAD, which I'll announce in the final article. Keep an eye out for that one.
Jan. 4, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST
Dreyfuss really hit the peak of his career with this one, winning his well-deserved Oscar. He's terrific in it. And the movie is wonderful. When I was a kid, I used to watch it whenever it was on TV.<p>By the way, Quint, if you haven't seen the courtroom drama, NUTS, I'd recommend that one for another excellent Dreyfuss performance, opposite Barbara Streisand.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST
He did some teaching from what I understand, some narration, small roles. Manic depression (bi-polar disorder) took him out for a while, I guess. Can you imagine being him and people wondering why you're not ON? Must have been tough when he was down and overwhelming when he was UP. And in this film you can tell he has almost TOO MUCH energy. <br> <br> I can't imagine him ever being out of demand. But as far as embarrassing roles go, probably Tin Man? I saw Goodbye Girl when I was a kid based only on him being in it. It's a huge favorite. I think I've seen it maybe 10 times. And I'll see anything he's in. Even if it's a disaster film.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST
I completely agree with you. I should have phrased my comments better, mentioning that it didn't just happen to the actors of his period but actors of every period. I mean, for a short while Paul Muni was a huge star in the 30's before he became box office poison. So was Eric Roberts and Ryan O'Neal. And Tony Curtis was a huge star for over a decade before having to fill in for Walter Mathua as manager of the Bad News Bears when they went to Japan. It is the nature of the business, that only a few actors can stay on top as stars for more than two<p> And yes, female actresses have it a lot harder. The truth of the matter is most actresses are just the flavor of the month. I mean Jordana Brewster was the talk of the town just a two years ago, now no one could care less about her.
Jan. 5, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST
by Paul Bucciarelli
Jordana Brewster. Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time. A very long time.
Jan. 5, 2009, 8 a.m. CST
and it is one of the flix that was always on the early days of cable ,so iwatched it a FEW times .Dreyfess made a few good romcoms in the 70's and 80s.I forget the name of the flick where he is in love with this chick ,who loves another guy and he puts up with all her Crazy shit just to keep fuckin her and then falls for a young susan sarandon(I just checked imdb ,The movie is the Buddy System )this is a great flick that I loved from Dreyfuss .it was good to see someone who didint look like a movie star getting the girl .anyways i enjoy your movie a day column ,or shall I call it a blog.ciao!
Jan. 5, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST
is a brilliant film - you're gonna love it Harry.
Jan. 5, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST
Looks like it was designed by someone on mesc.
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST
That wold explain why he seemed so out of it during recent interviews during the DNC. I thought he was drunk but he's probably on a lot of meds.
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST
THE COMPETITION (as mentioned above), WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?, SILVER CITY, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, CE3K, JAWS, TIN MEN, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BIG FIX for starters.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST
The weekend the movie was released I saw it with someone new, who became an important relationship. The next night I was double-dating with a different girl and the other guy bought tickets early in the day without consulting anyone else. I saw the movie back-to-back evenings with no regrets. Incredible dialogue. I have always loved the movie.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST
Check out "Inserts," a real-time ensemble piece with Bob Hoskins, Jessica Harper and Veronica Cartwright. Now THAT features an Oscar-worthy performance by Dreyfuss, which includes some very witty dialogue and great one-liners, in addition to a monologue about the death of Wallace Reed that would make a terrific actor's audition piece were it not so brief.
Jan. 5, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST
if you get a chance check out MAX DUGAN RETURNS. it's another neil simon/ marsha mason film that might have flown under your radar.
Jan. 6, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST
..funny, I remember going back to the theater to watch RD's performance, again and again - the moment when he comes in drunk and we see a glimpse of his true agility as an actor, I honestly think that part of film history has a lot to do with why I became a producer and director. After all these years, the varied and different projects I have worked on, then a couple months ago I decided to take a crack at the backstage antics of an off-Broadway theater company and I swear, until I say Quint's review, I didn't even realize where some of it came from, but there it is - in black and white. While I have been struggling to tell stories that were completely original, I now understand that a kernel of what I am doing, comes from my deep love and respect of The Goodbye Girl. So in tribute to Simon, Dreyfuss, Mason and Cummings, I dedicate my new web series EXIT Stage Left, to their work (how cool is that?). http://tinyurl.com/7ydfp3
Jan. 6, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST
John Belushi and Gilda Radner do a spot on film recreation of a few scenes from Goodbye Girl. It was brilliant.