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The Best Man -- Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard - as they get together to celebrate a wedding and confront the wild secrets from their college days.
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Writer (WGA):
Malcolm D. Lee (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1999 (USA) See more »
Harper's autobiographical novel is almost out, his girlfriend Robin desires commitment, and he's best man at the wedding of Lance... See more » | Add synopsis »
7 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Taye Diggs ... Harper Stewart

Nia Long ... Jordan Armstrong

Morris Chestnut ... Lance Sullivan

Harold Perrineau ... Julian Murch

Terrence Howard ... Quentin

Sanaa Lathan ... Robin

Monica Calhoun ... Mia Morgan

Melissa De Sousa ... Shelby

Victoria Dillard ... Anita

Regina Hall ... Candy

Jim Moody ... Uncle Skeeter

Jarrod Bunch ... Wayne

Stu 'Large' Riley ... Fandango

Liris Crosse ... Stripper
Lady Madonna ... Stripper

Linda Powell ... Wedding Coordinator

Willie C. Carpenter ... Pastor (as Willie Carpenter)

Malcolm D. Lee ... Emcee

Dede McGuire ... Herself
Renton Kirk ... Groomsman
Patrick Malcolm ... Groomsman
Nikki Tillman ... Bridesmaid
Lena Moore ... Bridesmaid
Rebecca Brody ... Bridesmaid
Gena Lue Song ... Bridesmaid
Linda Murrell ... Lance's Mother
William K. Gaskins ... Lance's Father (as Willie Gaskins)
Emilie Gaskins ... Mia's Mother
Don Clark Williams ... Mia's Father
Charltina 'Chasha' Banks ... Flower Girl

Aleisha Allen ... Flower Girl
Vance Allen ... Broom Bearer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angela Ali ... BET Employee (uncredited)
Brian Canberg ... Reception Server (uncredited)

Jeff Marchelletta ... Fraternity Brother (uncredited)

MJ Ryers ... Hot Girl at Bar (uncredited)

Kathryn Smith-McGlynn ... College Newspaper Staff (uncredited)
Rennel Turner ... Wedding guest (uncredited)

Brian White ... Bachelor Party and Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Malcolm D. Lee 
Writing credits
Malcolm D. Lee (written by)

Produced by
Bill Carraro .... producer
Sam Kitt .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Frank Prinzi 
Film Editing by
Cara Silverman 
Casting by
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
Art Direction by
Wing Lee 
Set Decoration by
Christina K. Tonkin 
Paul Weathered 
Costume Design by
Danielle Hollowell 
Makeup Department
Mary Aaron .... makeup artist
Gloria Grant .... assistant makeup artist
Quentin Harris .... key hair stylist
Ellin La Var .... key hair stylist
Toy Van Lierop .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Debra D. Jeffreys .... unit production manager (as Debra Jeffreys)
Pamela Reis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... first assistant director
Laurie Jackson .... assistant director
Dale M. Nielsen .... second assistant director
Michael A. Pinckney .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter J. Babington .... shop production assistant
Julia Barraclough .... charge scenic
Thomas Costabile .... construction coordinator (as Tom Costabile)
Natalie N. Dorset .... set dresser
Gerard V. Engrassia .... set dresser (as Gerard Engrassia)
Kathy Fundis .... on-set dresser
Steven Gamiello .... assistant property master (as Steve Gamiello)
Michael Greenblatt .... art department production assistant
E.J. Grover .... stand-by scenic (as Jane Grover)
Michael Herlihy .... carpenter (as Mike Herlihy)
Michael Herlihy .... construction foreman
Teddy Janicki .... scenic
Heather Danielle Kane .... assistant property master
Michael Leather .... leadman
Mark Mann .... carpenter foreman
Jeff Mazzola .... property master
Bruce McNally .... scenic
John Nyomarkay .... painter
Ed Parra .... art department intern
Shelley Rich .... art department coordinator
Rob Schmitt .... key construction grip (as Robert W. Schmitt)
Joe Taglairino .... set dresser (as Joe Tagliariano)
Bryan Tonkin .... construction grip (as Bryan J. Tonkin)
Joe Vilchock Jr. .... set dresser
Frank White III .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
John H. Bolz .... boom operator (as John Bolz)
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Kate Eales .... assistant sound editor
Heather Gross .... sound intern
Matthew Haasch .... foley engineer (as Matt Haasch)
Sean Huff .... assistant sound editor
Lisa J. Levine .... adr supervisor
Douglas Martines .... cable person (as Doug Martines)
Tim O'Shea .... foley supervisor
Bill Orrico .... apprentice sound editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialog editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialog editor
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
David S. Lomax .... stunt coordinator
Derrick Simmons .... stunt double: Taye Diggs
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Boynton .... lighting technician
Rod Calarco .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Fred Cohen .... rigging gaffer
James Domorski .... 24 frame video operator
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... electrician (as Jeff Eplett)
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator
Shaun Gilbert .... electrician
Jonathan Herron .... camera operator (as Jon Herron)
Jerry Holway .... Steadicam operator
Stan Keitt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Lee .... still photographer
Dave Levine .... electrician (as David Levine)
Keith Matthis .... camera loader
John Mazzola .... dolly grip
Ron Mazzola .... best boy grip
Ron Mazzola .... rigging grip
Richard Porta .... generator operator
Andrew Priestley .... first assistant camera
Carl Prinzi .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gay E. Riedel .... electrician (as Gay Riedel)
Marc Rogers .... gaffer
Steve Rooney .... grip
Kelly Rutkowski .... electrician
Douglas W. Shannon .... additional gaffer (as Doug Shannon)
Charles Sherron .... key grip
Chad Strohmayer .... electrician
Arthur Szefer .... second assistant camera
David S. Tuttman .... camera operator
Robert Vuolo .... best boy electric (as Rob Vuolo)
David Wasserman .... grip (as Dave Wasserman)
Franz Yeich .... grip
Casting Department
Jeff Block .... casting: New York
Jennifer Edwards .... extras casting associate
Cherisse Gardner .... extras casting associate
Yolanda D. Hunt .... casting associate
Sondra James .... voice casting
Joanna Rodriguez .... extras casting associate
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
Theron Smith .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jordanna Fineberg .... wardrobe supervisor
Frank L. Fleming .... assistant costume designer (as Frank Fleming)
Careen Fowles .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Monica Barraza .... post-production coordinator (as Monica D. Barraza)
Julie Carr .... first assistant editor
Gershon Hinkson .... first assistant editor
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Chris Patterson .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Koksong Chia .... location assistant
Ken Halsband .... location manager (as Kenneth L. Halsband)
Gine Lui .... location supervisor
Tom Ross .... assistant location manager
Wing Yeong .... location assistant (as Wing T. Yeong)
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... orchestra recordist
Lisa Brown .... music supervisor
Stanley Clarke .... musician: bass
Bonnie Greenberg .... music supervisor
Ira Hearshen .... orchestrator (as Ira Hershem)
Richie Kotzen .... musician: guitar
Cliff Lee .... musician: trumpet
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor
Lenny White .... musician: drums
Rachel Z. .... musician: piano
Transportation Department
Richard B. Brinkman .... driver
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain (as Michael Easter)
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation captain
Other crew
Alan Aguilar .... chef
Alexis Arnold .... production coordinator
Monica Barraza .... assistant: Bill Carraro (as Monica D. Barraza)
Gail Barringer .... production accountant
Nicholas R. Bell .... accounting clerk
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Shari L. Carpenter .... script supervisor (as Shari Carpenter)
Robyn J. Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Desmond Harvey .... craft service
André Hereford .... development executive: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks (as Andre Hereford)
Mark C. Hutchinson .... key set production assistant
Anderson Jenkins .... stand-in
Louis Katz .... production physician (as Louis A. Katz M.D.)
Michael C. Kingsley .... office production intern (as Michael Kingsley)
Joseph Lombardi .... assistant accountant (as Joe Lombardi)
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor
Ross Martin .... development executive: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Jonathan Rattner .... office production intern
Michelle Robinson .... choreographer
Hope Shaw .... post-production accountant
Sonia Singleton .... office production assistant (as Sun Singleton)
Rob Walsh .... assistant accountant
Alexander Wei .... production secretary (as Alex Wei)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... creative assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Castaldi .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and sexuality
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36703)

Did You Know?

There is a sequal to this movie which is called the 'The best man holiday'.See more »
Continuity: When the guys are playing cards and Lance gets mad and jumps across the table at Q, everything flies off the table. In the next shot the table is back and not disturbed.See more »
Lance Sullivan:In case you didn't know, marriage is the key to promiscuity.
Quentin:In what world?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Best Man Holiday (2013)See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Gem, 18 March 2004
Author: bluehat from Houston, Texas

I was surprised to see how little attention this film garnered, despite it's amazing cast and intelligent script. Character based scripts walk a delicate line, but somehow most seem to reap in undeserving praises (St. Elmo's Fire, The Big Chill). Not to sound like a self-righteous broken record, but I truly believe "The Best Man" was passed over because it happened to have an African American cast. It was instantly labeled a "black" movie, before anyone bothered to watch more than the trailer, which is a crying shame, because what everyone missed out on was a fine film.

The characters range from classic (Morris Chestnut's Lance) to surprisingly fresh (Terrence Howard's Quentin), all with very distinct personalities, yet believable connections. (Am I the only one who is so sick of using the "went to college together" excuse for why some film characters are friends, despite the obvious fact that in reality the "cool rebel" doesn't hang with the "prudish nerd" and so on.)

Not only does the film have refreshing takes on the inter-dimensional relationships of characters, it's not afraid to face the characters honestly, to show each individual's flaws...they have depth, soul, contradictions, much like REAL PEOPLE! Amazing! The themes are universal; friends, love, mistakes, forgiveness. The dialogue is witty, yet not overly done to sound like "movie dialogue" that no one in the real world speaks.

And though the race of the characters does not matter in this movie, I applaud Malcolm D. Lee for writing a film featuring black characters that are all successful, independent and intelligent. No one is rapping or drug dealing, no one is blaming the man for setbacks. The characters actually represent the MAJORITY of the black community, just regular people, living their lives. How refreshing from the Hollywood stereotypes, believed by suburban white America, that every successful black man is a rapper or a basketball player and every other one a criminal or janitor. It's a shame this film didn't make for money, perhaps then we'd see more of this trend, movies based on script rather than race.

Though I loved it, this film probably won't change your life. It's not one that will ever be considered one of the best films ever (though I think it took bold steps in closing the race gap in film). And I'm not saying it's an absolute must-see for everyone. But for discerning viewers with perhaps some taste and hunger for something a little different, I recommend you treat yourself to something that you probably haven't seen in a long time: a simply good movie.

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