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Best Seller (1987)

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

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Cleve
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Dennis Meechum
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Roberta Gillian
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Holly Meechum
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David Madlock
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Graham
Anne Pitoniak ...
Mrs. Foster
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Cleve's Mother
Sully Boyar ...
Monks
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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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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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A hired assassin. A cop turned author. Together they're rewriting the rulebook on the Mob. See more »


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25 September 1987 (USA)  »

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$4,278,150 (USA)
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James Woods had just quit smoking prior to filming. When it came time to shoot the cigarette on the palm scene, Woods suggested he take an already lit cigarette off of a patron--that way he wouldn't have to light and smoke a cigarette. See more »

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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 »

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Cleve: [after killing someone in a bathroom] You forgot to flush.
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PLAISIR D'AMOUR
Written by Jean Paul Martini
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Exciting But Violent Thriller
12 July 2001 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Best Seller" is essentially a two character movie. On one hand there is Brian Dennehy as a veteran cop who also writes crime novels based on real events. On the other hand there is James Woods as a professional killer who has been spurned by his former employer (Paul Shenar). He seeks out Dennehy to try to convince him to write his story of how a now rich and powerful magnate rose to the top over the bodies of others.

The first part of the movie involves Woods trying to convince Dennehy that his story is on the level. The second part of the story covers Shenar's attempts to intimidate Woods and Dennehy and prevent the publication of Dennehy's book.

Woods and Dennehy play off of each other marvelously. Woods is cold and calculating as the hit man and Dennehy is torn between his sworn duty as a cop and his desire to get to the truth.

"Best Seller" is not for the faint of heart. There are scenes of graphic violence, which I feel are necessary within the context of the story. The film is worth a look if for nothing else than to watch two veteran performers at their best.


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