Kiss Me Goodbye (film)

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Kiss Me Goodbye
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Mulligan
Produced byRobert Mulligan
Burt Sugarman
Written byCharlie Peters
Based onDona Flor and Her Two Husbands
by Bruno Barreto
Eduardo Coutinho
Leopoldo Serran (uncredited)
Music byRalph Burns
CinematographyDonald Peterman
Edited bySheldon Kahn
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 22, 1982 (1982-12-22)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8 million
Box office$15.8 million (United States/Canada)[1]

Kiss Me Goodbye is a 1982 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Mulligan, and starring Sally Field, James Caan and Jeff Bridges. It is a remake of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos in Portuguese), a 1976 Brazilian film, based on Jorge Amado's book of the same name. It marked Claire Trevor's final film role.

Field was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical for her performance,[2] but Caan later said that he hated this film, as he did several films in which he appeared either just to keep working or for the money.[3] In a 1991 interview, Caan claimed that making Kiss Me Goodbye was one of the most unpleasant experiences of his life, and that as a consequence, he did not make another film for five years.[4]


Kay is the widow of a Broadway showman called Jolly, who died after falling down a staircase at their home. Kay is now planning to remarry, to an archaeologist named Rupert, and suggests that they live in the same house. Suddenly Jolly returns to her life as a ghost.

Seen only by her, Jolly meddles in Kay's affairs and causes her mother and others to question her state of mind. On a romantic weekend in the country together, Kay and Rupert are accompanied by Jolly, who is annoyed by Rupert's pretending to be able to see and hear him. The situation comes to a head back at the house, where a colleague of Rupert's attempts to stage an exorcism.

Jolly, finally convinced that Kay will be okay without him, kisses her goodbye for good. The film ends with Kay and Rupert getting married at the wedding rehearsal, rather than waiting until the next day.



The film's theme song, But It's a Nice Dream, was written by Peter Allen and sung by Dusty Springfield.


Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote that: "Robert Mulligan's Kiss Me Goodbye is like a Nassau cruise ship with eight bars, seven discos, five swimming pools and no compass. It sails out of New York, turns left instead of right at the Ambrose Lightship and heads confidently toward sunny Iceland. ...Mr. Mulligan's direction perfectly matches Charlie Peters's screenplay in that both are humorless. The leads aren't great either. Miss Fields is neither Sonia Braga nor Irene Dunne and Mr. Caan, who appears to be imitating Gene Kelly, can't. Mr. Bridges behaves as if he were a family's faithful old dog, the sort of slobbering animal that will sell his soul for a pat on the head."[5]

The film opened Wednesday, December 22, 1982 on 783 theaters and grossed $1,846,222 in its first 5 days, finishing ninth for the weekend at the U.S. box office.[6] In its second weekend, its weekend gross more than doubled, one of the best second-weekend increases since 1982. It went on to gross $15.8 million in the United States and Canada.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kiss Me Goodbye at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Golden Globes Official Site
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of World Biography - James Caan
  4. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (31 May 1987). "KID CAAN : A Hollywood Star Gets Off the Ropes, Back Into the Ring". Ross Levinsohn. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ Vincent Canby, "Kiss Me Goodbye" Dec. 22, 1982
  6. ^ Ginsberg, Steven (December 28, 1982). "Columbia Pictures Is Prime Recipient Of Holiday Good News At Nation's B.O.". Daily Variety. p. 1.

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