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Goodbye Charlie (1964)

Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

George Axelrod (play), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... George Tracy
Debbie Reynolds ... Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason
Pat Boone ... Bruce Minton III
Joanna Barnes ... Janie Highland
Walter Matthau ... Sir Leopold Sartori
Ellen Burstyn ... Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)
Laura Devon ... Rusty Sartori
Martin Gabel ... Morton Craft
Roger C. Carmel ... Inspector Frank McGill (as Roger Carmel)
Harry Madden Harry Madden ... Charlie Sorel
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Starlet
Michael Romanoff ... Patron
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson ... Michael Jackson
Anthony Eustrel ... Butler (as Antony Eustrel)
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... Woman Doing the Twist on Yacht
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Storyline

Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They don't make girls like "Charlie" anymore -- they never did!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1964 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Au revoir Charlie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Venice Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first feature film Vincente Minnelli had made away from M-G-M in his entire career. See more »

Goofs

When George starts telling Charlie about his idea of going to Switzerland for a sex-change operation she picks up some cards and starts constructing a care house on the table. As he is talking she is shown setting 2 cards on the three cards she has already formed a triangle with. It must have been taped together for the shot because it all moves as one piece when she bumps it. See more »

Quotes

Sir Leopold Sartori: If I were not Hungarian, I would be speechless.
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Connections

Remade as Mr Ya Miss (2005) See more »

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Goodbye Charlie
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
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a change in attitude
15 October 2001 | by IRVIN8See all my reviews

I saw, "Goodbye, Charlie" when I was about 20. That's a hard age to please. "Been there, done it, seen it; yet another piece of trite," was my attitude.

Debbie Reynolds was beige-haired, Tony Curtis, getting on. Overly-mounted pastel-colored movies bored me - hitless, and this was another end-of-an-era white-bread piece of rubbish. Doris Day and Sandra Dee were what the Sixties had degenerated into: broad, trite and forced.

Besides, there were well-known rumors about Debbie's pinch-hitting proclivities. The premise of "Goodbye Charlie" was awkward and perverse. I suspected that Hollywood was presenting it as an inside joke.

So 35 years later, I tried it again on TMC. ...And I LOVED it. Well, much of it. I loved gorgeous Ellen Burstyn and Joanna Barnes - indeed, the scene at The Bistro Restaurant with these latter two and Reynolds had me p******g myself, if you'll forgive the vulgarity. Ms. Barnes can do no wrong as a character playing straight when someone is putting the screws to her. Her slant-eyed, cool demeanor is pure joy.

The fact that Vincent Minnelli directed it and that George Axelrod wrote the script was an important revelation.

What's more, I thought that the ladies' dresses were magnificent. How well they dressed, back then!

And when Walter Matthau said, "If I weren't Hungarian, I'd be speechless!" is a classic retort. I loved his character, also - and he's a man who's garnered so much praise over the years that I usually just roll my eyes when I see him. He looked smart as paint in his black tie and toupee - and the way he worked the room when he's sprung from jail was utterly delicious.

In the final quarter hour, when I saw where the film was headed, I switched stations, unwilling to have my favorable impressions destroyed.

Axlerod is a master, and I'm sorry to have given him short shrift for so many years. Those who want to see a quintessential Sixties movie, along with some rib-tickling one-liners, want to go with this one.


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