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Best Friends (1975)

R | | Drama | 29 May 1975 (USA)
Mature, stable Jesse, his nutty and impulsive longtime best friend Pat, Jesse's caring fiancé Kathy, and Pat's fragile gal pal Jo Ella all decide to embark on a cross country road trip in a... See full summary »

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Noel Nosseck

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Arnold Somkin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Hatch ... Jesse
Susanne Benton ... Kathy
Doug Chapin Doug Chapin ... Pat
Ann Noland Ann Noland ... Jo Ella
Renee Paul Renee Paul ... Dancer
Ralph Montgomery Ralph Montgomery ... Bar Boss
Roger Bear Roger Bear ... Kola
John McKee John McKee ... RV Salesman
Bonnie Erkel Bonnie Erkel ... Doreen
Julienne Wells Julienne Wells ... Brenda (as Julie Clinch)
Michael Gordon Michael Gordon ... Truck Driver
Ray Wilinski Ray Wilinski ... Band
Richard Trees Richard Trees ... Band
Wade Wilson Wade Wilson ... Band
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Mature, stable Jesse, his nutty and impulsive longtime best friend Pat, Jesse's caring fiancé Kathy, and Pat's fragile gal pal Jo Ella all decide to embark on a cross country road trip in a Winnebago prior to facing the challenges of encroaching adulthood. Relationships between everyone become increasingly strained as things take a turn for the worse and the journey turns into a severely bum trip for everyone involved. Written by Woodyanders

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Best Friends ... until they crossed the wrong border See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatale Freundschaft See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After Pat buys a motorcycle, he is usually seen riding separately from the other characters, presumably because there is no readily apparent way to carry the bike aboard their RV. However, after the group visits the Indian ruins, Pat is seen driving the RV cross-country. His motorcycle has apparently vanished, yet it inexplicably reappears later in the film. See more »


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Good Old Days
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Written by Rick Cunha
Performed by Rick Cunha
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A downbeat drive-in drama.
26 August 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I can only imagine what the drive-in crowd thought of Best Friends on its original release: it's a downbeat drama that is a far cry from Crown International's usual breezy/cheezy output.

Richard Hatch and Doug Chapin play long-time pals and ex-army buddies Jesse and Pat, who, together with their partners Kathy (Susanne Benton) and Jo Ella (Ann Noland) embark on a cross-country road-trip in a rented Winnebago. Once the trip is over, Jesse intends to marry his girlfriend and get a job, but Pat has different ideas: he wants to continue his care-free friendship with his old buddy and proceeds to try and ruin Jesse's relationship with Kathy. Naturally, things spiral out of control for the foursome, with an unexpectedly tragic ending.

Competently directed, with reasonable performances from its leads, Best Friends isn't a bad movie, but hardly makes for fun viewing. Avid Crown International fans might struggle with the film's rather depressing nature, but will at least appreciate Jo Ella's topless dance at a strip bar and Kathy's shower scene.


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