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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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Marriage is a funny thing to do...if you want to stay [UK 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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Trivia

Throughout his career Burt Reynolds has made numerous movies that examine movie-making and this film is one of them. The pictures include Fade-In (1968) (location filming & westerns); Silent Movie (1976) and Nickelodeon (1976) (silent films); Best Friends (1982) (scriptwriting & Hollywood); Hooper (1978) (stuntwork and Hollywood); The Player (1992) (Hollywood); Boogie Nights (1997) (adult films); The Last Producer (2000) (producers and Hollywood); The Hollywood Sign (2001) and A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) (actors and Hollywood). See more »

Goofs

When Richard gets into bed at Paula's parents' house, he slams down his toothbrush on the bedside table. When Elanor enters, the position of the toothbrush has changed. Then when she tucks him in and kisses his forehead, the toothbrush changes position again. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor McCullen: Father Time just has a way of just beating the shit out of us.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Love in the Afternoon (1957) 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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Watchable and pretty amusing
13 June 2009 | by Surfer-23See all my reviews

"Best Friends" is a nice film for a weekend afternoon. It is entertaining, has an easy-to-follow storyline, and shows some respect for the viewer. Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn are quite appealing in the leads, but so is the supporting cast, which includes Barnard Hughes, Jessica Tandy, Keenan Wynn, and Audra Lindley (best known as Mrs. Roper on "Three's Company").

Though a comedy, "Best Friends" has, alas, very few laugh-out-loud moments, and is almost too casual in pace for its own good. The near-classic wedding scene (with Richard Libertini) offers perhaps the most genuine laughs, although Reynolds, a very underrated comedic actor, adds some subtle bits of his own throughout the movie.

"Best Friends" is a competently-made and sometimes touching film that also lacks drive and usually fails to produce much more than an occasional smile. But it's worth a look, to be sure.


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