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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: I'm letting you go.
Hope: You're letting me go? That is so, so male!
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Hey Cowboy
Performed by Kostars
Written by Vivian Trimble
Recorded & Mixed by Josephine Wiggs at "Meat and Potatoes" Studio, assisted by Kate Schellenbach
Appears on 'Klassics with A K' (GR025)
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records
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Quite good
15 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

The movie started out very promisingly and I thought that it was going to be a hilarious comedy. But it turned out to be better than that. The characters of each person have been acted out flawlessly. The setting is good.

I can see why some people did not like it. They expected a comedy and got a drama instead. It has a bit of comedy in it, but I guess people were expecting more. The lines recited from Shakespeare are extremely well chosen and just right for the movie. This, by the way, encouraged me to read Hamlet.

The role of Drew Barrymore is small, but significant. It was quite funny seeing the whole public against the FBI. The ending was quite unexpected.

Anyway, I think that this is a beautiful movie and should be seen with an open mind.


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