Kay Villano’s a woman whose husband, Jolly, who’s a renowned choreographer, died three years ago. She has met someone else and is going marry him. She also decides to return to the house where she and Jolly lived. And it’s not long after that she sees him, who tells her that he’s a ghost that only she can see. And when she starts talking to herself, everybody thinks she’s nuts. She and Jolly try to settle things. And her fiance is questioning if she does want to marry him.
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 starring Sonia Braga based on the book of the same name by Jorge Amado.
Field was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical for her performance. 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. 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.
About the Story
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 a stuffed-shirt named Rupert, and 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.
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges, Paul Dooley, Claire Trevor, Mildred Natwick, Dorothy Fielding, Maryedith Burrell
Screenplay by: Bruno Barreto, Jorge Amado
Production Design by: Philip M. Jefferies
Cinematography by: Donald Peterman
Film Editing by: Sheldon Kahn
Set Decoration by: James L. Berkey
Art Direction by: John V. Cartwright
Music by: Ralph Burns
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 22, 1982