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Best Friends (1982)

When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon... See full summary »

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Norman Jewison

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Richard Babson
Goldie Hawn ... Paula McCullen
Jessica Tandy ... Eleanor McCullen
Barnard Hughes ... Tim McCullen
Audra Lindley ... Ann Babson
Keenan Wynn ... Tom Babson
Ron Silver ... Larry Weisman
Carol Locatell ... Nellie Ballou
Richard Libertini ... Jorge Medina
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Carol Brandon
Noah Hathaway ... Lyle Ballou
Mikey Martin Mikey Martin ... Robbie Ballou
Helen Page Camp Helen Page Camp ... Maid
Joan Pringle ... Doria
Vincent J. Isaac Vincent J. Isaac ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends." Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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What a present for Christmas [US Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos íntimos See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,891, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:

$36,821,203
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The acronym POSSLQ stood for "Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters". See more »

Goofs

Goldie Hawn mentions Teresa Wright not being on the train in Since You Went Away. It was Jennifer Jones, not Wright. See more »

Quotes

Paula McCullen: [Giggling] I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I always laugh when I get nervous.
Jorge Medina: [Heavily accented Spanish occurs throughout] That's alright. It is to be understood. Now, will you please repeat after me... I, Paula McCullen...
Paula McCullen: I, Paula McCullen
Jorge Medina: Take thee, Richard Babson...
Paula McCullen: Take thee, Richard Babson
Jorge Medina: to be my lawful wedded husband...
Paula McCullen: to be my lawful wedded husband
Jorge Medina: for better or for worse...
Paula McCullen: for better or for worse
Jorge Medina: in sickness and in health...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 13 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

References Since You Went Away (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
Performed by Patti Austin and James Ingram
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Produced by Johnny Mandel
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes & Johnny Mandel
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A Tired Comedy Driven by Star Power
14 December 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

The undeniable charm of its stars, at the peak of their popularity, is the only thing that makes BEST FRIENDS slightly watchable. This paper-thin story centers on a pair of Hollywood screen writers named Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Haw), who after years of living together, decide to marry, though they both have always felt marriage would destroy their relationship. There's nothing new or interesting here and the thrust of the film is when the pair make a trip to visit each other's parents. Jessica Tandy and Barnard Hughes are wonderful as Goldie's parents, Audra Lindley and Keenan Wynn also have their moments as Burt's parents, but the whole thing just plays like a hastily written sitcom. The film is driven purely on star power and has this whole "been there done that" air about it. I think Burt and Goldie must have needed the money.


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