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The Best Man -- A guy tries to help his best friend win the attention of the girl of his dreams.

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May the best man win.
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Cast

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Stuart Townsend ... Olly Pickering
Raphael Schwartz ... Olly Aged 2
Jacob Moriarty ... Olly Aged 10
Callum Williams ... Murray Aged 10

Seth Green ... Murray

Steve John Shepherd ... James

Simon Callow ... Big-Time Publisher

Jodhi May ... Tania

Máté Haumann ... Work Experience (as Mate Haumann)

Anna Chancellor ... Dana

Burn Gorman ... Bus Driver

Ian Hanmore ... Drunk

Raymond Coulthard ... Chris
Mike Kelly ... Party Bore

Philip Jackson ... Mr. Barker

Kate Ashfield ... Becka

Amy Smart ... Sarah Marie Barker

Martin Hancock ... Stan
Stewart Wright ... Harry

David Oyelowo ... Graham
Zsofi Taglesir ... Bar Customer
John Fenner ... Bartender
Béla Pavletits ... Waiter

Judit Viktor ... Sexy Girl
Cheryl Lucas ... Gospel Singer

Matt Devere ... Gordon

Lili Bordán ... Gretchen
Keara Murphy ... Ellen
Linda Fekete ... Sue
Jane How ... Ms Parker
Janine Wood ... Dress Assistant
Imre Józsa ... Security Guard

Lukács Bicskey ... Thief (as Lukacs Bicskey)
Linda Abla Okon ... Waitress

Peter Capaldi ... Priest
Bettina Abiwu ... Stripper 1
Andrea Bajor ... Stripper 2

Daniel Mays ... Pool Guy
Garry Tubbs ... Cabby
George Mendel ... Wedding Guest

Richard Durden ... Reverend

Tom Ellis ... Groom
Akia Henry ... Bride
Aranka Rónai ... Secretary (as Aranka Ronai)
Katalin Botos ... Other Girl (as Kata Botos)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Argenti ... Tour Guide in Trafalgar Sq (uncredited)
Ági Emri ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Melinda Kovács-S. ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Kylie Minogue ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stefan Schwartz 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ed Roe 
Stefan Schwartz 

Produced by
James Atherton .... executive producer
Chris Auty .... executive producer
Simon Franks .... executive producer
Sara Giles .... executive producer
Douglas Hansen .... associate producer (as Douglas E. Hanson)
Michael Henry .... executive producer
Norman Humphrey .... executive producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Ildiko Kemeny .... co-producer: Hungary
Benjamina Mirnik .... co-producer: Germany
Neil Peplow .... producer
László Sipos .... line producer: Hungary
Justin Anderson Smith .... co-producer
James D. Stern .... executive producer
Andrew Warren .... line producer
Michael Woodward .... executive producer
Kim St. Leon .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Edward Barker  (as James Barker)
Tim Despic 
 
Cinematography by
Haris Zambarloukos (director of photography) (as Harris Zambarloukos)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
Jeremy Strachan 
 
Casting by
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
Christina Moore 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Fleischer (supervising art director)
Csaba Stork 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Chugg 
Zsuzsa Mihalek 
 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Caulfield 
 
Makeup Department
Susie Adams .... hair designer
Susie Adams .... makeup designer
Kevin Alexander .... makeup artist
Polly Earnshaw .... makeup artist
Egonné Endrényi .... additional makeup artist (as Judit Endrényiné)
Erzsébet Forgács .... makeup artist
Zoe Tahir .... chief hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ferenc Béres .... production manager
Miranda Jones .... post-production supervisor
László Lakatos .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vicki Allen .... second assistant director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Márk Herjeczki .... third assistant director
Finn McGrath .... second assistant director
Dénes Sajgál .... second assistant director
Charlie Waller .... second assistant director
Casey Levie .... third assistant director: UK (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dávid Breier .... stand-by props (as david Breier)
Tim Browning .... draughtsperson (as Timothy Browning)
Judit Csák .... assistant art director
Ferenc Dobó .... dressing props (as Dobo Ferenc)
Ricky Eyres .... dressing props
James Fennessy .... stand-by painter (as Jim Fennessey)
Tibor Sziki Gál .... stand-by props (as Sziki)
Lisa Hall .... draughtsperson
Gyula Herjeczki .... construction manager
Gábor Horváth .... dressing props (as Ga'bor Horva'th)
Bobby Irvine .... stand-by painter
Clare Keyte .... production buyer
Robyn Larkin .... graphic designer
Seeta Lingam .... assistant art director
Alasdair McKay .... art department assistant
Ray McNeill .... property master
Neill 'Biffo' Poley .... prop storeman
Simon Reeves .... stand-by carpenter
Antoine Robin .... construction manager
Kevin Scarrott .... stand-by props
Mike Spence .... stand-by props
Phil Sykes .... dressing props
Zoltán Szabó .... assistant set decorator
Krisztina Szilágyi .... assistant art director
Louis Turner .... set dresser
István Tímár .... dressing props (as Istva'n Tima'r)
Zoltán Tóth .... assistant construction manager
Ágnes Éliás .... assistant construction manager
 
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Jason Bennett .... sound assistant
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
Colin Codner .... sound maintenance
Twydor Davis .... adr editor (as Twydor davies)
Jim Greenhorn .... production sound mixer
Nils Karlson .... foley editor
Stefan Korte .... dialogue editor
Stefan Korte .... sound re-recording mixer
Jens Kriegel .... sound technician
Mike Marchain .... adr editor
Markus Münz .... sound technician
Manfred Plenter .... sound engineer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist (as Joern Poetzl)
Peter Schulteisz .... sound assistant
Claudia Schurian .... adr editor
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Kuen-Il Song .... foley editor
Marita Strotkötter .... sound service coordinator
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (as Ted Swainscott)
Philipp Ueffing .... audio conformer
Alexander Vitt .... sound editor
Guido Zettier .... sound designer
Guido Zettier .... supervising sound editor
Tamás Csaba .... epk sound recordist (uncredited)
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
József Gelencsér .... special effects key technician
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Baillie .... visual effects team: S2S Post
Mark Tremble .... visual effects team: S2S Post (as Mark Tran-Tremble)
Marc Hutchings .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jamie Edgell .... stunt performer
Kata Gellén .... stunt performer
Paul Heasman .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jason Hunjan .... stunt performer
László Imre .... stunt performer
Bela Kasi .... stunt performer (as Béla Kasi)
Péter Katona .... stunt performer
Ian Kay .... stunt performer
Roland Kollárszky .... stunt performer
Levente Lezsák .... stunt performer
Andreas Petrides .... stunt performer
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Béla Unger .... stunt coordinator
Bela Kasi .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Babalola .... camera trainee
Simon Baker .... camera operator
Barry Bellotti .... generator operator
Zsolt Büti .... generator operator
Tom Collins .... still photographer
Tristam Cones .... director of photography: second unit
Tristam Cones .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Lészló Egyédi .... grip (as Lászloó Egyedi)
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer
Kornél Fiskovszky .... best boy
Nándor Gulyás .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Harris .... best boy electric
Llewellyn Harrison .... grip
Tamás Jánossa .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Zoltán Jánossa .... camera loader
Ádám Kliegl .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Gabor Laczkó .... electrician
Sally Low .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Adrian Mackay .... electrician (as Adrian McKay)
Polly Morgan .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jem Morton .... key grip
Tom North .... grip trainee
Jamie Phillips .... camera trainee
Tibor Puhala .... electrician
Pirate Rik .... stand-by rigger
Szabolcs Sipos .... electrician
Atilla Szucs Sr. .... key grip (as Atilla Szûcs)
Attila Szûcs .... grip (as Atilla Szûcs Jr.)
Csaba Tóth .... video assist operator
Balázs Vákár .... chief lighting technician
Julian White .... chief lighting technician
Attila Bilik .... electric rigging crew (uncredited)
Ricky Stelling .... rigger (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ben Bradley .... digital artist
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Dixie Chassay .... casting assistant
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Robin Hudson .... casting assistant
Linda Zsombolyay .... casting director: Hungary
Tamás Kertész .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kati Baranyl .... costume assistant
Zsoka Hoka .... costume assistant (as Zsóka Hoka)
Shirley Nevin .... costume supervisor (as Shirley Niven)
Mike Skorepa .... costume assistant
Elaine Taylor .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chris Atkins .... post-production advisor
György Balatoni .... one light transfer (as George Balatoni)
Tom Balkwill .... post-production workflow assistant
Krisztián Balogh .... one light transfer (as Chris Balogh)
Greg Barrett .... digital intermediate producer
Stephen Bearman .... post-production workflow assistant
John Claude .... digital intermediate colorist
Julie Strachan .... assistant editor (as Julie Strachan Knight)
Ian Willetts .... post-production advisor
 
Music Department
James Edward Barker .... music producer (as James Barker)
Rosie Danvers .... orchestra contractor
Rosie Danvers .... orchestrator
Tim Despic .... music producer
Tim Despic .... orchestrator
Steve Parr .... music score engineer
Steve Parr .... music score mixer
Dan Rose .... music supervisor
Bart Samolis .... musician
Wired Strings .... musician
Alexander Vitt .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Zsoit Borostyán .... driver: production car
Dave Crawshaw .... driver: facilities
Lészló Egyédi .... driver: grip (as László Egyedi)
Steve Fitchew .... driver: facilities
Csaba Forgo .... driver: minibus (as Csaba Forgon)
Peter French .... driver: facilities
Bob Gurney .... driver: facilities
József Hernádi .... driver: production car
Gábor Inczédy .... driver: facilities (as Gábor Inczedi)
Gregg Jolly .... driver: facilities
Ottó Lázár .... driver: production car
Nell May .... driver: production car
István Megyeri .... driver: production car (as István Megyes Megyl)
László Szabó Putyi .... driver: production car
Dezso Pócsik .... driver: production car
Steve Rogers .... unit driver
Paul Staples .... driver: minibus
Colin Stone .... driver: facilities
Vilmos Suszt .... driver: production car
Zoltán Szalay .... driver: props (as Zoltán Szalai)
Sándor Vercz .... driver: production car (as Sándor Vercz Manó)
Mark Williams .... driver: facilities
Darren Leen .... driver: Amy Smart (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Clare Aldington .... assistant production coordinator
Eva Badacsonyi .... floor runner
Katalin Baranyi .... interpreter (as Kati Baranyi)
Gabriella Bathó .... production assistant
Mark Beaumont .... production accountant
Agnes Bodzay .... stand-in
Ágota Csuka .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Curtis .... title designer: AP Design
Pete Daly .... unit publicist
Sean Desmond .... security
David Devine .... safety consultant
Cathy Doubleday .... script supervisor
Béla Dévényi .... caterer (as Bela Koko Devenyl)
Geraldine East .... production legal
Trisha Faulkner .... nurse (as Tricia Faulkner)
Sandor Fekete .... production legal (as Dr. Sandor Fekete)
Tibora Girczyc .... floor runner trainee
Zsófi Gonda .... floor runner (as Zsófia Gonda)
Rhys Griffin .... stand-in
Christine Healy .... production coordinator
Manus Home .... location manager
Chris Livett .... marine consultant
Tamás Maros .... location manager
Garry Marriott .... nurse (as Gary Marriott)
George Marshall .... post-production accountant
Nessa McGill .... production legal
John Molnar .... laboratory representative: Kodak Cinelabs (as John Molnár)
Emily Montgomery .... stand-in
Jason Mousalli .... stand-in
Agnes Nagy .... cashier
Lajos Nagy .... assistant production accountant
Zsolt Pereházi .... security (as Zsolt Perehazi)
Frank Polyak .... stand-in (as Ferenc Polyak)
Lee Robertson .... assistant location manager
Luke Stevenson .... production assistant
Richard Szabó .... security (as Richard Szabo)
Zoltán Szalay .... interpreter (as Zoltán Szalai)
Anna Szigeti .... production legal: Hungary
Beatrix Szombati .... production coordinator
András Szurdi .... stand-in
Danielle Tate .... floor runner
Dániel Tóth .... office assistant
Judit Velinsky .... laboratory representative: Kodak Cinelabs (as Judith Velinszky)
Donna Wezel .... location assistant
Sarah-Jane Wilson .... assistant production accountant (as Sarah Wilson)
Paula Jack .... dialect coach: Seth Green (uncredited)
Balázs Kovács .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Jamie Voss .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Best Man, Worst Friend" - USA (TV title)
"Unhitched" - USA (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
96 min
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Quotes:
Olly Pickering:I've been in love.
Sarah Marie Barker:You have? What was it like?
Olly Pickering:Some people say that the ground falls away beneath you but with me, it was as if I suddenly knew the ground was there, as though I could feel the entire planet right there beneath the soles of my feet.
Olly Pickering:Although I felt the same way when I went up the Empire State Building.
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References Top Gun (1986)See more »
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Light and Day/Reach for the SunSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Cheeky English chappy steals the show, and he isn't English!, 12 February 2007
Author: Mark Jauncey (bacooda@hotmail.com) from London, England

I'm one of these people that loves to think that new romantic comedies can all be as good as Four Weddings and A Funeral, or Notting Hill, before I go to see them. But they can't, sadly.

However, they all have their place, and some of the better ones in recent memory (Just Like Heaven; So I Married an Axe Murderer; Addicted to Love) all have one thing in common: memorable characters put into memorable situations.

The Best Man/Unhitched does, but it isn't Stuart Townsend, who does a decent job of things as the leading man (and girls, he's just as cute but at least somewhat vulnerable unlike LeStat in Queen of the Damned). It isn't Amy Smart, who does a decent job of things as the leading lady (and fellas, she's every bit as cute as we remember her in Road Trip, and gets more screen time, thank the gods).

So who is it? Seth Green of course. And this little fella doesn't get my vote simply because I'm 5'5" like he is (give or take an inch or two). Instead it's because: his accent is really rather good; his character is fun and unpredictable; and we'd ALL be rooting for him or doing what he does in the movie, if our best mate needed our "help".

So is the script decent? Not bad. At times it doesn't flow, and the first half of the movie the dialogue and situations seem a little forced. But there IS an honesty in it, almost as though this or at least part of the premise has happened to the writers or someone they know. The second half of the movie is far better and moves along nicely.

The acting? Not bad. Everyone except Seth Green just does what is required of them and not much more. The Seth-meister (and I feel like I can call him that) is far more animated and approachable than his turns as Oz in Buffy, or in films like Rat Race and The Italian Job.

Can we believe the romance and the motivation behind Olly's (Townsend) actions? Somewhat. He's a bit of a wuss. "Come on Olly, catch a wakeup!" you'll be wanting to shout at the screen.

Will we feel like we enjoyed the past 90 minutes at the end of the movie? I sure did. I'm guessing if you go in with the same low-ish expectations as me then you will as well.

Verdict: 7 out of 10 - It's nothing special, but as a date movie, a cuddle-on-a-rainy-day-DVD or a pick-me-up after some bad news, it works...

Bonus Hollywood value: Seth Green should be teaching Don Cheadle (in Ocean's 11) how to do an English accent!

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