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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
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)
Koksong Chia .... location assistant
Robyn J. Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Ken Halsband .... location manager (as Kenneth L. Halsband)
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)
Gine Lui .... location supervisor
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor
Ross Martin .... development executive: 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks
Jonathan Rattner .... office production intern
Michelle Robinson .... choreographer
Tom Ross .... assistant location manager
Hope Shaw .... post-production accountant
Sonia Singleton .... office production assistant (as Sun Singleton)
Rob Walsh .... assistant accountant
Alexander Wei .... production secretary (as Alex Wei)
Wing Yeong .... location assistant (as Wing T. Yeong)
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)

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Continuity: In the scene when Jordan says she want to sleep with Harper the scene after her kissing him shows her walking up to him kissing him again.See more »
Harper Stewart:You know what your problem is? You don't live enough for today.
Harper Stewart:For once just live in the moment.
[he gets down on one knee and takes her hand]
Robin:Uhh, Harper, what are you doing?
Harper Stewart:At least for a little while. Robin, will you marry me? I love you.
[Robin stares at him]
Harper Stewart:Please?
Robin:[she nods] Yeah. Whatever, man.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
flawed but rewarding film, 13 July 2000
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

`The Best Man' is a flawed but generally rewarding romantic drama, featuring a first-rate cast of likeable, talented actors. The film tells the tale of a handsome up-and-coming writer whose first novel has just been published on the eve of his best friend's wedding. The problem is that much of the material in the book has been drawn from autobiographical sources – and now, as old friends gather for the ceremony, the author and best man, Harper Stewart, has to face the fallout from some of the less than flattering portrayals contained therein. In addition, the novel contains the revelations of a few hitherto well-guarded secrets, some of which bear directly on the principals involved in the wedding itself.

Ironically, the primary strength of the film also emerges as its overarching weakness. The movie provides so richly textured a depiction of the interrelationships between and among the wide assortment of characters that it alternately straddles the line between fascination and tedium. On the positive side, writer/director Malcolm D. Lee is not afraid to give the characters their due, to allow them to reveal their many-layered personalities in scenes that play out in real-time tempo and rhythm. One appreciates the fact that we are not being rushed along from one highly dramatic moment to another without time to really get to know the characters as people. The counter effect of this, however, is that the film often seems too talky, self-indulgent and dramatically flat, a fact not helped by the excessive 122-minute running time. In addition, the whole novel-publishing aspect of the story seems both unnecessary and contrived, not to mention lacking in credibility since it becomes a bit difficult to believe that, if he were so terrified about his friends discovering his true perceptions of them, Harper would have written the novel in the first place. Moreover, when we hear voice-over recitations of a few sections of the novel itself, we are struck dumb that so badly written and trite a work could be so critically lauded and commercially successful.

However, the film's virtues do, ultimately, outweigh its imperfections. The actors and actresses turn in uniformly fine performances and the film deals intelligently and sensitively with the age-old issues of the fear of commitment and the two-faced attitude many men have when it comes to female infidelity. Lee, within the context of his characters, confronts these issues with subtlety rather than heavyhandedness and the last half hour or so of the film turns into a very moving celebration of the qualities of acceptance, commitment and sacrifice necessary to make a relationship truly work. `The Best Man' may require a little patience at times to get through, but the reward for those willing to give it a try makes it worth the effort.

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