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Best Friends -- Mature, stable Jesse, his nutty and impulsive best friend Pat, Jesse's caring fiancee Kathy, and Pat's fragile gal pal Jo Ella all decide to embark on a cross country road trip in a Winnebago prior to facing the challenges of encroaching adulthood.
Best Friends -- Two young couples taste the "free and easy" life on a cross country motor-home tour until love backfires and tragedy follows.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Hatch ... Jesse
Susanne Benton ... Kathy
Doug Chapin ... Pat
Ann Noland ... Jo Ella
Renee Paul ... Dancer
Ralph Montgomery ... Bar Boss
Roger Bear ... Kola
John McKee ... RV Salesman
Bonnie Erkel ... Doreen
Julienne Wells ... Brenda (as Julie Clinch)
Michael Gordon ... Truck Driver
Ray Wilinski ... Band
Richard Trees ... Band
Wade Wilson ... Band

Directed by
Noel Nosseck 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doug Chapin  additional dialogue
Arnold Somkin 

Produced by
Paul Cowan .... associate producer (as Paul D. Cowan)
Noel Nosseck .... producer
Original Music by
Rick Cunha 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz 
Film Editing by
Robert Gordon 
Casting by
Jack G. Roberts 
Art Direction by
Jodie Lynn Tillen  (as Jodie Tillen)
Makeup Department
Peter R.J. Deyell .... makeup artist (as Peter Deyell)
Sound Department
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Craig Stewart .... sound effects editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Hankins .... second assistant camera
Skip Karnas .... gaffer (as Albert Karnos)
Jack O'Reilly .... best boy
Leslie Otis .... first assistant camera
Harry Rez .... key grip (as Harry R. Davis)
Music Department
Rick Cunha .... musician
Transportation Department
Robert Decker .... transportation
Other crew
Jill Baker .... assistant to producer
John Dorr .... script supervisor (as John Door)
Sascha Schneider .... production assistant
Robert Stein .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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83 min
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Plot holes: After Pat buys a motorcycle, he is usually seen riding separately from the other characters, presumably because there is no readily apparent way to carry the bike aboard their RV. However, after the group visits the Indian ruins, Pat is seen driving the RV cross-country. His motorcycle has apparently vanished, yet it inexplicably reappears later in the film.See more »
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A strange drive-in movie, 17 February 2012
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

"Best Friends" is a real obscurity. It doesn't seem to be listed in any movie reference books. Also, it was never released on VHS, and it was only quietly given a release on DVD (in box sets containing other Crown-International movies) a few years ago. If you know what Crown-International typically released, you will see that their pickup of this movie was a very atypical choice. Although there is some nudity and sex, the movie never feels like exploitation - the events of the movie unfold in a very serious dramatic fashion. I can only wonder what drive-in audiences thought of it. As for what I thought, it is kind of slow-moving, but at the same time I found it strangely compelling; I was really interested in seeing how things would turn out for the four central characters. This movie is definitely not for everyone, but if you like dramatic and unconventional films from the 1970s (and like movies about road trips), you might find enough interest here.

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