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Best Seller (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  25 September 1987 (USA)
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Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right,... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cleve
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Dennis Meechum
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Roberta Gillian
Allison Balson ...
Holly Meechum
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David Madlock
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Graham
Anne Pitoniak ...
Mrs. Foster
Mary Carver ...
Cleve's mother
Sully Boyar ...
Monks
Kathleen Lloyd ...
Annie
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Cleve's Father (as Harold Tyner)
E. Brian Dean ...
Taxi Driver
Jeffrey Josephson ...
Pearlman
Edward Blackoff ...
Thorn
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Longshoreman #1
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Storyline

Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and evidence, while strong forces use any means they can to keep the story untold. Written by Lars Skogan <si2_ls92362@debet.nhh.no>

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Writing A Book Is Easy. Writing A Best Seller Is Murder. See more »


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25 September 1987 (USA)  »

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$4,278,150 (USA)
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Goofs

While the robbery at the beginning of the movie was set in 1972, the robbers are driving a 1975-1978 Ford Econoline van. See more »

Quotes

David Madlock: [Lt. Meechum is admiring his collection] First editions, every one of them.
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PERFECT ENDING
Words and lyrics by Lamont Dozier
Performed by Ben E. King
Produced by Lamont Dozier
Executive producer: Joe Regis
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perfect casting of james woods and dennehy make it work
26 November 2000 | by (new york, n.y.) – See all my reviews

I watched this because imdb users rated it well, and I wasn't disappointed. The casting of woods and brian dennehy is perfect which helps to make the story of an ex-hitman telling his story to cop-turned-author believable. Scenes at woods" boyhood home, and his parents also help; Woods" ex-hitman character is written and played as a real, multi-dimensional person, not as a stereotype.. The scene about the gift in the plane and his wanting to befriend dennehy, are quite touching.


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