Goodbye, New York

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Goodbye, New York
Goodbye New York Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Amos Kollek
Produced by Amos Kollek
Written by Amos Kollek
Starring Julie Hagerty
Amos Kollek
Shmuel Shilo
Aviva Ger
Dudu Topaz
Music by Michael Abene
Cinematography Amnon Salomon
Edited by Alan Heim
Kole-Hill Productionsd
Distributed by Castle Hill Productions (US)
Release date
  • May 17, 1985 (1985-05-17) (US)
  • December 19, 1985 (1985-12-19) (Australia)
Running time
90 minutes
Country Israel
Language English

Goodbye, New York is a 1985 Israeli-American comedy-drama produced, directed and written by Amos Kollek, who also co-stars in his directorial debut.


A ditzy New Yorker (Julie Hagerty) is devastated to learn that her husband has been unfaithful and impulsively decides to go to Paris to escape. When she consumes too many sedatives and oversleeps on the plane, missing her connection, she winds up in Tel Aviv, penniless and with no luggage or friends. After connecting with a cabdriver and part-time soldier (Amos Kollek), she finds herself stranded on a kibbutz near the Golan Heights where she must learn to cope with a series of misadventures and a very unfamiliar lifestyle.


Critical reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times said the film possesses "an easygoing charm that, among Israeli films, is rare", presenting "witty impressions of Israeli life" and the clash of cultures.[1] Candace Russell of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel likened Kollek's "absurdist worldview and droll understatement" to that of Woody Allen.[2] While People thought the film "likable" and "genial", the reviewers noted its "uneven" script and direction, and a "sometimes contrived or just plain silly" plot.[3] London's Time Out was more unequivocal, dismissing the "thin and clichéd material", its "predictable plot and dismal propaganda about the values of kibbutz culture."[4]


  1. ^ Janet Maslin (17 May 1985), "Screen: Julie Hagerty in Goodbye, New York, The New York Times (retrieved 14 November 2012).
  2. ^ Candace Russell (29 September 1985), "Israel's Woody Allen", South Florida Sun-Sentinel (retrieved 14 November 2012).
  3. ^ Peter Travers, Irma Velasco and Ralph Novak (24 June 1985), "Picks and Pans Review: Goodbye, New York", People (retrieved 14 November 2012).
  4. ^ GA (no date), "Goodbye, New York", Time Out (retrieved 14 November 2012).

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