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Take Your Best Shot (1982)

An actor whose career has gone flat resolves to pursue a more stable occupation while also trying to save his troubled marriage.


David Greene


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Urich ... Jess Marriner
Meredith Baxter ... Carol Marriner (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Alden Pepper
Jack Bannon ... Dr. Barry Richardson
Claudette Nevins ... Andrea
Susan Peretz ... Plump Girl
Howard McGillin ... Dean Hilliard
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Gail
Jeannetta Arnette ... Fran
Richard Roat ... Bainbridge
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Sy Dellinger
Michael Bell ... Phil
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Casting Director
Vahan Moosekian Vahan Moosekian ... Young Man in Acting Class
Robert Nadder Robert Nadder ... Acting Teacher


An actor whose career has gone flat resolves to pursue a more stable occupation while also trying to save his troubled marriage.

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Release Date:

12 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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A döntés joga See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

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Good flick!
30 April 2018 | by filmklassikSee all my reviews

Man, you cannot get ahead of this film. The main character - a reasonably talented but far-from-successful LA actor - makes a series of choices in the story: selfish choices, altruistic choices, foolish choices, practical choices - and nothing, NOTHING, turns out exactly as you'd expect. Which makes it very much like life.

Urich is good in the lead. You can't help liking his character even though he's a bit of an egomaniac. And Meredith Baxter (in what amounts to a supporting role) does fine subtle work as Urich's loving but frustrated soon-to-be-ex-wife who's tired of waiting for his ship to come in.

Jeffrey Tambor's good in an early role as Urich's acerbic gay best friend, who inadvertently offers Urich an alternative to the acting life: The restaurant business. But is that what Urich really wants?

Enjoy the story. Just don't expect a rollicking comedy (which is how it was promoted). What it is, really, is a sometimes funny but more often painfully realistic, warts-and-all character study about the struggles of a 30something actor.

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