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Starting Over Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

Until Boogie Nights, this film had stood for almost two decades as the best performance Burt Reynolds had ever given. In a criminal oversight, he was denied an Oscar nomination, perhaps because it came in the middle of his action-movie winning streak. Directed by Alan Pakula from a script by James L. Brooks, the film cast Reynolds as a newly divorced man struggling to cope with single life in the city. But a blind date (initially misconstrued by the woman as a mugging) leads to renewed hope in romance when he and his new lady friend (Jill Clayburgh) actually seem right for each other. But before he can make a commitment, his flighty ex-wife (Candice Bergen) bounces back into his life to make him miserable all over again with her flirtatious indecisiveness. Wonderfully acted and observed; a highpoint is Bergen's attempt (as the world's least talented singer-songwriter) to seduce Reynolds with one of her off-key tunes.

Academy Awards

Starting Over received Academy Awards nominations for Actress (Jill Clayburgh) and Supporting Actress (Candice Bergen).

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Director: Alan J. Pakula

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen, Charles Durning, Frances Sternhagen, Mary Kay Place, Daniel Stern, Wallace Shawn

Released: October 5, 1979

Availability: VHS

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