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Goodbye Lover (1999)

Patricia Arquette , Dermot Mulroney , Roland Joffé  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray McKinnon
  • Directors: Roland Joffé
  • Writers: Alec Sokolow, Joel Cohen, Ron Peer
  • Producers: Alexandra Milchan, Arnon Milchan, Chris Daniel, Gerald T. Olson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790739267
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Goodbye Lover" on IMDb

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Overlooked and underrated, Goodbye Lover is a tawdry, tasty film noir with a soft spot for its scheming antiheroine. With her platinum Lulu bob, a killer wardrobe, and a Sound of Music fetish that inspires her to "climb every mountain" of bad-girl ambition, Patricia Arquette is perfectly cast as Sandra, the sweet but lethal wife of Jake (Dermot Mulroney), who works in a top-drawer ad agency with his brother Ben (Don Johnson). Weary stud Ben falls prey to simultaneous affairs with Sandra and his devoted secretary (Mary-Louise Parker), and the cynical Detective Pompano (Ellen DeGeneres) unravels the murder-for-insurance plot while her clueless Mormon partner (Ray McKinnon) tries to keep pace. Combining mordant humor and rampant depravity, this deliciously dark comedy starts fast and never lets up, liberating director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) from the sobriety of his previous work. The entire cast is great, but it's DeGeneres who makes this a recommended sleeper. --Jeff Shannon

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Overlooked and underrated, Goodbye Lover is a tawdry, tasty film noir with a soft spot for its scheming antiheroine. With her platinum Lulu bob, a killer wardrobe, and a Sound of Music fetish that inspires her to "climb every mountain" of ba

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eccentric little gem!! July 31, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I don't recall seeing any of Patricia Arquette's previous films, but this was definitely the one to start with! She plays a deliciously wicked hussy who, coincidentally, has a comical obsession with the soundtrack from "The Sound of Music". (Having been raised Catholic in a fairly religious family, I could really connect with this device.) The scene where she lipsyncs "I have confidence" is classic! And, I really enjoyed Ellen (Degeneres)in this movie. Her smaller supporting role as a sardonic cop did more to showcase her talent than many episodes of her show did, or larger roles like in "Mr. Wrong". If you allow yourself the time to get into the story at the beginning, the payoff is just plain FUN!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Positive Review For Goodbye Lover. November 21, 1999
Wow, I can't believe this film got bad reviews in the press! It made me a bit stand offish about renting it but I just had to anyways. Come on Patricia Arquette is one of my favourites and I also love "Ellen Degenious".
Speaking of Ellen, she steals the show here. If it wasn't for her amazing one liner dead pan comments throughout the film, I may not have enjoyed this as much as i did. I was laughing so hard at some of her dialogue and the perfect timing she used to deliver these lines. This may sound ludicrous, but i would nominate her for an oscar for this, if I ran things (but who am I! ).
Furthermore on the Ellen subject, my God! did she look stunning at the end of the film! I have never seen her look so damn beautiful! I was totally impressed, you have to check her out. Who knew she was so versitle and gorgeous!
This film has a dark, bitter edge to it and i loved it. Strongly recommend this one, FORGET WHAT THE CRITICS SAID!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE KICKS A$$ August 8, 2005
By Carlie
Its to bad Don Johnson's part was so short because he was really good in this movie! Johnson plays Ben Dunmore, head of an ad agency, plays organ at church, and he is also older brother to Jake (Dermot Mulroney). Ben has been having an illicit affair with Jake's wife Saundra, but Jake doesn't know, or does he?

Jake and Saundra, along with Ben's receptionist Peggy, have plotted to kill Ben for his insurance money. But what they didn't plan on was Rita Pompano, the saucy detective that gets wise to Saundra and her plans. Its a very crazy, cunning, and sexual movie. I will say it'll turn you off SOUND OF MUSIC in a heartbeat! That's all you hear is the SOUND OF MUSIC sdtk throughout so it gets old after awhile. But if you've never seen this movie, you've got to rent it. Its definately worth it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ELLEN AND RAY SHOW May 13, 2004
GOODBYE LOVER is a tasty and original film noir featuring incredibly good performances from its entire cast. Director Roland Joffe (Oscar nominated for THE MISSION and THE KILLING FIELDS) puts his tongue in his cheek and helms a story of battling femme fatales.
Patricia Arquette (brilliant) stars as a ditzy, sexually overactive wife to headstrong advertising executive Dermot Mulroney (also very good). She is also having an affair with Mulroney's brother, played beautifully by an unusually effective Don Johnson. Also involved is Mary Louise Parker as an assistant to both Johnson and Mulroney, who has the hots for ..hmmm...both the brothers? Soon, we know it's BODY HEAT all over when a plot is hatched to bump off Johnson for the four million dollar double indemnity insurance payoff. It's no plot spoiler to reveal Johnson exits the movie early and we see that there is more than meets the eye to the romantic shenanigans of all involved.
Then enters Ellen DeGeneres and Ray McKinnon as the detectives investigating Johnson's apparent accidental death. Generes is awesome; her one liners with McKinnon are priceless, harsh and incredible. Not one of her fans, I find myself in awe of her talent, particularly after this and FINDING NEMO. McKinnon as her Mormon, idealistic, and quite unintelligent partner, is a find! He's perfect as Ellen's foil and he brings a sense of moral uprightness and comic relief to this marvelous movie.
Some great moments: Arquette and Johnson getting it on in the choir loft while the choir sings Handel. Arquette and Johnson are both highly respected members of their church and take up the collection plate. Mulroney goes to hire a killer to off his wife, and we see this man hanging upside down and don't know why!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a tangled web we weave... April 4, 2004
The cast alone is worthy of 5 stars - Ellen Degeneres, Mary-Louise Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Don Johnson and Patricia Arquette. The plot is a superb blend of lust, deception, greed and murder. I agree that Ellen's brash detective steals the show, although the ending seemed kind of abrupt. It is still beyond excellent and highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! May 31, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wickely funny and sexy movie that will keep you guessing. Don Johnson is perfect, as always, and Ellen DeGeneres is perfectly cast as a cynical police detective. I am not a great Ellen fan, but she is perfect in this role! I do not understand all the bad reviews for this movie. I found it to be quite entertaining and had to rewind it several times for a few choice scenes! Really good entertainment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Arquette-Wow! November 2, 1999
This was a decent, entertaining movie and as a huge Patricia Arquette fan I bought the DVD before I saw it. I wouldn't call this film noir though it attempts be just that. I was told the story line jumped all over the place but I found it easy, if not too easy to keep up with the plot. I only gave this 3 stars because it was just too easy to see where it was going. The ending had a good twist but the rest was predictable. Patricia Arquette hasn't looked this good since True Romance. Go see that first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a good time watch Goodbye Lover
Such a fan of Arquett and Ellen is great as the cop. Amazing collection of cast and hilarious. A nice rent.
Published 5 months ago by Tru
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE
This is a great and underrated film. It's full of dark humor and suspense. It is totally fun to watch. I recommend it highly.
Published 7 months ago by Lucky*
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review
Great movie! Loved the theme and the many double crosses portrayed in story line! End was so predictable that it was somewhat disappointing
Published 11 months ago by Stephen M Jex
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A great erotic thriller that does not take itself to serious. Nice action and adventure. Great for a Femme Fatale collection.
Published 14 months ago by RenoAmadeus
Published 16 months ago by BRITTANY
1.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Lover
I had seen this movie a long time ago and wanted to see this one because it is with Ellen DeGeneres -- but this is not the one I wanted to see. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Connie Tonsgard
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's Alex Rocco? He's Listed In The Credits
"Goodbye,Lover" can be best described as a dark comedy informed by James M. Cain. It desperately wants to recall "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" but tries... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by David Baldwin
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I wasn't crazy about this movie. I purchased it because I'm a huge Dermot Mulroney fan. He was okay in this one but not my favorite.
Published on August 3, 2008 by O. Lisofski
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hills Are Alive ....But Not For Long
Pair a slinky, murderous femme fatale who warbles tunes from "The Sound of Music and a foul-mouthed female cop with an attitude problem and you have the saving graces of the... Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by B. Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Dark & Humorous
Patricia Arquette and a budget price were the draw for me to this DVD. What a delight! Roland Jaffe, who has twice been nominated for Best Director Oscars in 1984 for "The... Read more
Published on January 28, 2008 by Lee Armstrong
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