Best Friends (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
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When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Babson
Tom Babson
Larry Weisman
Nellie Ballou
Jorge Medina
Carol Brandon
Lyle Ballou
Mikey Martin ...
Robbie Ballou
Helen Page Camp ...
Joan Pringle ...
Vincent J. Isaac ...
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When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends." Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <>

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17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigos íntimos  »

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SEK 3,420,573 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


This movie's screen-writers Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin separated around the time that this picture was first released. This movie that they wrote was semi-autobiographical. See more »


Goldie Hawn mentions Teresa Wright not being on the train in "Since You Went Away." It was Jennifer Jones, not Wright. See more »


Paula McCullen: Breasts too large, Richard? Every female character you create has breasts too large.
Richard Babson: Mmm... but I make them suffer for it.
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References Roman Holiday (1953) See more »


Jeepers Creepers
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band at the party
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One of Burt Reynolds' greatest films
22 December 1999 | by (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Based on the real relationship between film director Barry Levinson and his wife, Best Friends is one of the greatest last films that marked Burt Reynolds's popularity.In the brutal crime-drama Sharky's Machine, Reynolds achieved perfection, as a director and a movie star, but here he is sweet, vulnerable and, yes, believable. An absolute box office champion during the seventies and early eighties, Reynolds lends all his charm, claw and talent to his character. Goldie Hawn, charming and provocative, composes with perfection a woman who,in spite of loving Reynolds' character, is afraid of getting married, what may mean a precipitate step in the relationship. Jewinson, one of the last real filmmakers from Hollywood, accomplished a sweet and hopeful comedy/drama about the ups and downs of every couple of lovers. The big surprises are the beautiful (and nominated for an Oscar) song called "How do we keep the music playing?" and the talented supporting cast, that includes Jessica Tandy and Ron Silver.

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