MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 518 this week

Best Seller (1987)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 2,802 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 18 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
b 2
a list of 48 titles
created 22 Sep 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 25 Apr 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 27 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Best Seller" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Best Seller (1987)

Best Seller (1987) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Best Seller.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Protection (2001)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A mobster moves to a new town as a protected witness and tries to start over, only to find he can't escape his old ways.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Peter Gallagher, Aron Tager
Cop (1988)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

Director: James B. Harris
Stars: James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning
The Sergeant (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Rod Steiger, John Phillip Law, Ludmila Mikaël
Defiance (1980)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello
The Outfit (1973)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When the small criminal Macklin is released from prison, he learns that his brother was shot by two mob killers. He didn't know that the bank he robbed was owned by the syndicate. When he's... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker
The Boost (1988)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos
In Love and War (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

This movie is an account of US Navy Commander James Stockdale's 8 year imprisonment in North Vietnam. During his confinement in such camps as the infamous "Hanoi Hilton", Stockdale, among ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Aaron
Stars: Jane Alexander, James Woods, Concetta Tomei
Brainscan (1994)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith
Fast-Walking (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A corrupt prison guard becomes involved in a plot to murder a black revolutionary serving time in his prison.

Director: James B. Harris
Stars: James Woods, Tim McIntire, Kay Lenz
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver ... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes
True Believer (1989)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A cynical former civil liberties attorney now reduced to "specializing" in defending drug dealers becomes transformed by an eight-year-old murder case.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: James Woods, Robert Downey Jr., Margaret Colin
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An American student starts working with his Arab colleague while putting all politics aside. However, is his colleague just a regular Joe? Set around the time of Arab-Israeli Six Day War.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If words could kill... See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bestseller  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$4,278,150 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Cleve: That was the second time you've embarassed me, now try to control yourself, please.
See more »

Soundtracks

Original Sound Recording Available on Manhattan Records
& Tapes, a Division of Capitol Records Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cult Movies 6
6 November 1998 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

6. BEST-SELLER (action, 1987) In 1972, Policeman Meechum (Brian Dennehy) survives an armed robbery, which in turn inspires him to write a book about his ordeal. It becomes a best seller. Years later he meets Cliff (James Woods), a mysterious loner who saves his life. Cliff knows many personal things about Meechum's life and tells him that he can provide him with another assured best seller. In order for Meechum to believe him, Cliff takes him on a tour of his previous work as a hit-man. An uneasy alliance is formed, as Cliff's darkest secrets reveal his own.

Critique: There are many reasons to like Best-Seller. It has a good, entertaining premise (a rogue assassin on the loose), the moody cinematography (another Adam Greenberg job), and displays a strong performance from the always reliable Brain Dennehy. But best of all, it has what I consider to be James Woods' best role to date.

This capriciously underrated 1-time character-actor has given excellent performances in many films including: the sleazy TV-producer in David Cronenberg's interesting, albeit obscured masterpiece 'Videodrome' (1983), his red-neck southerner in 'The Onion Field' (1979-his breakthrough film), and in Oliver Stone's sadly neglected 'Salvador' (1986- for which he received an Academy Nominee).

In most of his films, Woods has specialized in playing low-life has-beens, who have few redeeming qualities. The only fault I saw in his earlier roles was immaturity, and the lack thereof of making his characters work. In Best-Seller, he plays it cool. The character of Cliff knows what he wants and how to get it, and proves himself worthy of Meechum's respect. What better actor to give us a tour through the life of a criminal, hit-man, sleaze-ball, all-nice guy?

QUOTES: Cliff: "Will power is what distinguishes the amateur from the professional. Do you have it Dennis? Will power?..Let's hope so."


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
BUDDY MOVIE. shaundead-1
Did this film go straight to video? kenneymljken
Underrated Movie mytvhabit
Discuss Best Seller (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?