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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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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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Laid-back and unusual American road movie, 14 July 2015
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This buddy movie/road trip flick is one of a type of movie that I automatically have a soft spot for and always cut serious slack to. It's one of those early 70's oddities that has a bit of a mild counter-culture feel and has an overall vibe that I am a bit of a sucker for. It's about two male friends, both not long out of the army after serving in Vietnam. They now find themselves moving in different directions in life. One wants to settle down, while the other still wishes to remain a free spirit, not only that but he is jealous and unhappy to be losing his friend to a domestic life with his fiancé and so tries ever increasingly dangerous ways to break up their relationship. Events play out on a road trip where these young men travel in a camper-van with their girlfriends in the American south west.

Released by Crown International Pictures who were known for releasing low budget B-movies, this film is decidedly different from most of the films in their catalogue. For one thing, it isn't really a genre flick and instead is a psychological drama about friendship, relationships and growing up. It's only in its final act that it enters territory more closely associated with a traditional genre picture. In all honesty it is quite a strange movie and its very unpredictability makes it oddly compelling. It's also very nicely photographed too with some beautiful shots that capture the vast desert landscape. I also have a strange weakness for 70's films that have folk pop soundtracks and this one sure has its fair share of that too, with an assortment of laid-back soft rock complimenting events. In terms of a story-line, it's not particularly strong, with its strengths lying more as a character driven piece as opposed to a bit of narrative film-making. Sequences come and go in a fairly casual manner, I quite like this and, in any case, some scenes are somewhat distinctive, such as an oddball sequence that plays out in a Native American strip bar of all places.

This is one of those flicks that is either going to connect with the viewer or it isn't. However, if you appreciate a certain kind of oddball, low-key 70's American movie then I reckon this could be up your alley.

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