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Take Your Best Shot (1982)

An actor whose career has gone flat resolves to pursue a more stable occupation while also trying to save his troubled marriage.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Marriner
Carol Marriner (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Dr. Barry Richardson
Plump Girl
Dean Hilliard
Rosanna Huffman ...
Matthew Faison ...
Sy Dellinger
Ruth Manning ...
Casting Director
Vahan Moosekian ...
Young Man in Acting Class
Robert Nadder ...
Acting Teacher


An actor whose career has gone flat resolves to pursue a more stable occupation while also trying to save his troubled marriage.

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12 October 1982 (USA)  »

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A döntés joga  »

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Trying to make a break from marriage and acting with dignity intact.
23 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a better than average T.V. movie that details the struggles of a veteran actor (Robert Urich) who gets the sudden news that his wife (Meredith Baxter) wants a divorce. Struggling to get his life back on track, he goes on one successful audition after another while trying to convince Baxter that they can work things out simply because they still both love each other. In the end, what it comes down to is that Urich must re-invent himself, and at this time of his life, getting to know who he really is can be a difficult chore.

This goes into great detail of what it is like to be a struggling actor, that even with some previous success, maintaining that is a full time job. One sad moment has a seemingly bubbly heavy set actress unleashing her soul to Urich in a studio parking lot after finding out what the casting directors really thought of her. Between his compassion to her and his open acceptance of his gay best friend (an excellent Jeffrey Tambor), Urich shows hiss character to be quite likable. Also memorable are Ruth Manning as a very New York like casting director and Claudette Nevins as a struggling actress who befriends Urich after giving him unsolicited acting advice and unleashes her soul to him as well.

The real discovery for me that Urich's character needed to figure out was that he really didn't need to find himself. His own magnetism that brought people to open themselves to him just made him need better luck and a move in his acting career to different outlets. He reached out to try to accomplish too much, not realizing that he already had it all.

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