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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 »

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,891, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:

$36,821,203
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's director Norman Jewison said of this film's screenplay and the movie's two leads: "The script gave us the broad brush strokes for what, hopefully, has become a montage of small, revealing, funny scenes. I encourage improvisation only when it's relevant to the story and the actors can handle it. In this case it was the right approach. Burt is remarkably ingenious, and Goldie has the greatest body language of anyone I've ever known. I gave them a free rein and much of what happens on the honeymoon journey between Los Angeles and Buffalo is their own invention". See more »

Goofs

The number of remaining glass vanes in the small office window that Richard shatters changes from view to view. See more »

Quotes

Larry Weisman: Commitment. Discipline. Make it work.
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Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band at the party
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One of Burt Reynolds' greatest films
22 December 1999 | by arySee all my reviews

Based on the real relationship between film director Barry Levinson and his wife, Best Friends is one of the greatest last films that marked Burt Reynolds's popularity.In the brutal crime-drama Sharky's Machine, Reynolds achieved perfection, as a director and a movie star, but here he is sweet, vulnerable and, yes, believable. An absolute box office champion during the seventies and early eighties, Reynolds lends all his charm, claw and talent to his character. Goldie Hawn, charming and provocative, composes with perfection a woman who,in spite of loving Reynolds' character, is afraid of getting married, what may mean a precipitate step in the relationship. Jewinson, one of the last real filmmakers from Hollywood, accomplished a sweet and hopeful comedy/drama about the ups and downs of every couple of lovers. The big surprises are the beautiful (and nominated for an Oscar) song called "How do we keep the music playing?" and the talented supporting cast, that includes Jessica Tandy and Ron Silver.


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