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Starting Over (1979 film)

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6.6/10 Alchetron

Director  Alan J. Pakula
Featured song  Better Than Ever
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Initial DVD release  June 21, 2005
Country  United States
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Release date  October 5, 1979 (1979-10-05)
Writer  Dan Wakefield (based on the novel by), James L. Brooks (screenplay)
Cast  Burt Reynolds (Phil Potter), Candice Bergen (Jessica Potter), Jill Clayburgh (Marilyn Holmburg), Charles Durning (Mickey), Frances Sternhagen (Marva), Mary Kay Place (Marie)
Similar movies  Lawrence of Arabia, Broadcasting Girl, Women Who Flirt, Rak Sud Teen, Girls, Bypass
Tagline  He wants to straighten out his life.... one way or another

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Starting Over is a 1979 American comedy film based on Dan Wakefield's novel, produced by James L. Brooks and directed by Alan J. Pakula. Starring Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh and Candice Bergen, It follows a recently divorced man who is torn between his new girlfriend and his ex-wife.


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It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Clayburgh) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bergen). Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager wrote three original songs for the film: "Easy For You," "Better Than Ever" and "Starting Over", which is sung by Bergen.

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Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) splits with his wife, Jessica (Candice Bergen). She wants to be a singer/songwriter and has been having an affair.

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Phil moves from New York to Boston, where his brother Mickey (Charles Durning) and his sister-in-law Marva (Frances Sternhagen) live. Against his wishes, they set up him with a blind date, Marilyn Holmberg (Jill Clayburgh), a nursery-school teacher working on her master's degree.


He begins a new life. Phil takes a part-time teaching job and attends a divorced-men workshop in a church basement, meeting lonely men like Paul and Larry whose situations are similar to his. Marilyn feels it's too soon following his breakup for Phil to begin a new relationship. He goes on a date with her friend Marie, a single mom who literally throws herself at him.

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At a family Thanksgiving dinner, a phone call from Jessica comes at an inopportune time. Marilyn overhears him telling Jessie that he is dining with his family and "their friend." Marilyn's feelings are hurt and wants to end the relationship. He confronts Marilyn at a School Carnival, where she is staffing a "Dunk the Teacher" dunk tank, and after dunking her several times, Phil asks her to "define" their relationship. Finally, Marilyn agrees when Phil invites her to move in with him. Soon after they move in together, Jessica unexpectedly turns up at his apartment. She looks fabulous and has become a great success as a songwriter, although she is a decidedly off-key singer.

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Phil moves back to New York to be with Jessica again. But the more he is with her, the more he misses Marilyn. He returns to Boston only to find she is now dating a basketball player. Phil does everything he can, even disrupting a Boston Celtics practice, in an attempt to win her back.


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  • Burt Reynolds as Phil Potter
  • Jill Clayburgh as Marilyn Holmberg
  • Candice Bergen as Jessica Potter
  • Charles Durning as Mickey
  • Frances Sternhagen as Marva
  • Mary Kay Place as Marie
  • Austin Pendleton as Paul
  • Jay O. Sanders as Larry
  • Kevin Bacon as Husband - Young Couple
  • References

    Starting Over (1979 film) Wikipedia
    Starting Over (1979 film) IMDb Starting Over (1979 film)