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Best Men (1997)

The film opens with 4 tuxedo clad men showing up at a penitentiary to meet a friend who has just been released after three years in prison and is going straight from the jail to marry his ... See full summary »

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The film opens with 4 tuxedo clad men showing up at a penitentiary to meet a friend who has just been released after three years in prison and is going straight from the jail to marry his girl friend. En route to the wedding, one of the men asks to stop by a bank to pick up some cash. As it turns out, he is a wanted bank robber who uses Shakespeare passages during his robberies and thus has become known as "Hamlet". Soon all five men are caught up in the bank and involved in the robbery as they end up in a hostage situation. The hostage negotiator shows up who turns out to be Hamlet's father. As the men are all known to those being robbed, this quirky comedy takes a left turn as their hostages all work to support the men. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A comedy thriller about four men, a wedding and everybody's funeral. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The number of the bus they get on at the end is 2525, the same as in Speed (1994/I). See more »

Quotes

Jesse: So, how's Mary?
Teddy: Oh, she hates me.
Jesse: Maybe it's just a phase... her hating you.
Teddy: Uh, huh... Oh no, she's pretty much hated me since the day I got her pregnant.
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Burn To Shine
Performed by Ben Lee
Written by Ben Lee
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Engineered and Mixed by Patrick McCarthy
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records
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a hidden pearl in the cheap movie bin
14 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My friend bought this movie out of the $5 bin at Walmart for a laugh. I was just expecting a stupid, mindless romantic comedy. What I found was a brilliant piece of work. The script is quite impressive. The story actually focuses on the "Best Men" like it says, not on the bride and groom. The whole film is chock full of lovable (and not so lovable) vibrant characters from nerdy little Teddy to Billy, the classical romantic hero, to Buzz the top-notch soldier with a heart of gold to Sol the lawyer you don't want to trust. Why had I never heard of this movie before?!? This definitely deserves a place on the shelf for anyone who loves comedy and good writing.


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