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Best Men (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  17 October 1997 (USA)
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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 <>

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Never rob a bank on your wedding day See more »


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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Independence  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


Teddy: You're packing?
Buzz: Could you say that just a little bit louder, I don't think the guards heard you?
Teddy: That is against the law.
Buzz: Well I'd rather be tried by twelve than carried by six!
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »


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A love story with enough action to keep the guys happy.
20 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great has comedy, drama, unexpected events, love and real interaction among friends..people you know slightly and total strangers who interact and mesh well in the storyline. Good cast; and for all of you Dean Cain fans, he shows a buff chest. Drew adds an interesting twist to the bride-to-be. Luke Wilson is again great in his role, he gives real depth to his role. The male stars interact like they actually know their roles and the little quirks in their relationships just seems to draw you more into the story and Drew is believable as the bride to be and has a friendship with each of the 5 male stars. I seldom recommend movies, but this is definitely one I plan on seeing a few times just because it was written so well I know I probably missed a few things the first time.

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