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Starting Over (1979)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40713629
UPC: 097360123944
UPC 14: 00097360123944
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Phil Potter Would Like To Straighten Out His Life...One Way, Or The Other.
Funny and insightful story about a man caught between his love for his ex-wife and a blind date that worked out.
Editor's Note
In STARTING OVER, 1970s heartthrob Burt Reynolds is wryly cast against type as Phil Potter, a mild-mannered husband and writer in this light-hearted comedy. Reluctantly forced into the role of bachelor when his songstress wife Jessica (Candice Bergen) calls it quits, Phil must essentially start from scratch in the social realm. Reynolds's comic timing is dead-on in this good-humored look at marital collapse and the trials of making a new start. Introduced to wary school teacher Marilyn (Jill Clayburgh), Phil has a chance to put the pieces back together and show his charm, but his new-found self-confidence is challenged anew when ex Jessica comes back in the picture.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/17/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1979
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 012394
Video UPC UPC: 00097360123944
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Starting Over - DVD Review
By: Joseph Arthur Clay Reviews
Published on: 9/7/2010 3:01 PM
Brooks has earned his praise and numerous honors, which include a few Oscars for Terms of Endearment, as well as nods for Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets. Unless you are a movie buff, a die-hard Burt Reynolds fan or both, you may have never come across Brooks' first screenwriting achievement, Starting Over, before. I had a chance to revisit the film (on DVD since 2005) for the first time since its 1979 theatrical release and it's a splendid comedy, filled with plenty of heart, humor, and warmth to lead you through a relaxing night at the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Burt Reynolds
Video Cast Info Candice Bergen
Video Cast Info Jill Clayburgh
Video Cast Info Alan J. Pakula - Director
Video Cast Info Charles Durning - Director
Video Cast Info Dan Wakefield - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info James L. Brooks - Writer
Video Cast Info James L. Brooks, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Marion Rothman - Editor
Video Cast Info Marvin Hamlisch - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Sven Nykvist - Cinematographer
Plot Summary
This lighthearted look at divorce and the trials of making a new start deftly translates Dan Wakefield's novel to screen. Phil Potter (Burt Reynolds) leads a settled life with wife Jessica (Candice Bergen) that is ends abruptly when she leaves him to focus on her songwriting career. Retreating to Boston and the support of his brother (Charles Durning) and wife, Phil is introduced to Marilyn (Jill Clayburgh), a wary pre-school teacher who has seen her share of men on the rebound. Phil and Marilyn match wits and experiences in a clever rapport that shows they may very well be made for each other, but the reappearance of Jessica thows havoc into the mix. What might become melodrama is handled with expert comic flair by director Alan J. Pakula, who displays his gifts an "actor's director" as evidenced by Reynolds's subtle comic performance. STARTING OVER is more akin to the sharp-witted romantic comedies of the 1930s than with more sober dramas such as KRAMER VS. KRAMER (directed by Robert Benton)--another 1970s film on the theme of divorce.


Oscar (1980)
   Video Award Name Jill Clayburgh, Nominee, Best Actress
   Video Award Name Candice Bergen, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress

Golden Globe (1980)
   Video Award Name Burt Reynolds, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Jill Clayburgh, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Candice Bergen, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Reynolds brings his casual charm..." 06/24/2005 p.149

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Reynolds,Burt
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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