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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 »


Norman Jewison
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




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 ... Maid
Joan Pringle ... Doria
Vincent J. Isaac Vincent J. Isaac ... Cab Driver


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The house in Buffalo seen in the picture, located at Summit Avenue in that city, was chosen from hundreds of homes that responded to an advertisement placed in a local newspaper by the production's New York location manager Eric Young. See more »


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


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 »


Jeepers Creepers
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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Virginia, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,891, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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