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The Best Man (1997)

Il testimone dello sposo (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 21 August 1998 (USA)
Incredibly, the bride at the altar falls in love with the best man on first sight, and even though he makes efforts to avoid her infatuation with him, she is determined to annul her ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Diego Abatantuono ...
Angelo Beliossi
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Francesca Babini
Dario Cantarelli ...
Edgardo Osti
Cinzia Mascoli ...
Peppina Campeggi
Valeria D'Obici ...
Olimpia Campeggi Babini
Mario Erpichini ...
Sisto Babini
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Ugo Conti ...
Marziano Beliossi
Nini Salerno ...
Sauro Ghinassi
Alessandra Chiti
Carmela Vincenti
Serena Bennato
Marcello Foschini
Barbara Orsani
Umberto Bortolani
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Incredibly, the bride at the altar falls in love with the best man on first sight, and even though he makes efforts to avoid her infatuation with him, she is determined to annul her marriage and marry the best man. And although she is able to dissolve her marriage, because she has never consummated it, the best man leaves... only to return to her many months later. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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A tale of uncontrollable passion and undeniable love. See more »

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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$8,815 (USA) (14 August 1998)

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$89,263 (USA) (11 September 1998)
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Enjoyable historical creation of 1899 Italy
16 April 2002 | by (Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

I viewed The Best Man as a laserdisc, with Italian dialogue and English subtitles.

The story is drenched in century-old Italian culture, which is of much intrinsic interest to me. Cinematography, costumes and sets were high quality, down to the matched horses pulling the carriages. The plot is basically a romantic comedy, with few surprises. The majority of the movie takes place on New Year's Eve, 1899. The movie's focus was on the cultural shift of those times, away from the 19th century tradition of `arranged' marriages. The central character, Francesca Babini, rebels at her parent's choice of an arranged spouse. Her parents pressure her to go through with the marriage and succeed only in creating a disaster. The ending is a triumph for the modern, 20th century view of romantic love. I would recommend this movie both for those interested in historical Italian culture, and those looking for a good `date' movie.

I didn't see any profanity, nudity or violence that would merit the movie's `R' rating.


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