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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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 »





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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Did You Know?


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


The Vet: A uniform does not make a soldier. A soldier is someone who is willing to stand up and fight for what he believes in. Be it his God, his country or his friends. And it does not matter if you are black, white, red, yellow, male, female, straight or gay. We all bleed the same.
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References Speed (1994) See more »


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One of those rare "near-perfect" movies.
24 September 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Never heard of this movie, but it was the best bet on the box. Had a thoroughly good time! Excellent writing, direction and performances. Nothing unpredictable - the Hamlet tie-in says it all, even the characters know they are playing out a tragedy and tell each other. But the predictability of the plot comes from the inevitability of the scenario, which in turn comes from the characters. If the resolutions are a little trite, its because its basically a tragedy played out on an action comedy set and there isn't time to beat about the bush. If you liked the wit and love of life in Strictly Ballroom, you'll like this.

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