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Just Between Friends (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama | 21 March 1986 (USA)
Holly and Sandy strike up an instant friendship; they don't know however that they have more in common than they'd like. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is tested.

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Allan Burns

Writer:

Allan Burns
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Tyler Moore ... Holly Davis
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Karen
Beverly Sanders ... Judy
Salome Jens ... Helga
Ted Danson ... Chip Davis
Read Morgan ... Charlie
Christine Lahti ... Sandy Dunlap
Sam Waterston ... Harry Crandall
Susan Rinell ... Kim Davis
Timothy Gibbs Timothy Gibbs ... Jeff Davis
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Carla
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Bill (as Jim McKrell)
Chet Collins Chet Collins ... Stage Manager
Castulo Guerra ... Sportscaster
Mark Blum ... George Margolin
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Storyline

Holly and Sandy strike up an instant friendship; they don't know however that they have more in common than they'd like. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is tested. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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They loved. They laughed. They lied. All in the name of friendship.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something in Common See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,390,718, 23 March 1986

Gross USA:

$6,408,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,408,791
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a surprising twist of fate, MGM - whose logo MTM parodied - now owns "Just Between Friends." When Orion Pictures - who originally released this film - filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1997, MGM purchased Orion's entire catalog of theatrical films and TV shows, including "Just Between Friends." MGM also owns the films and (most of the) TV shows from American International and Filmways, which were absorbed into Orion in 1982. (MGM recently revived the Orion name; one current production from Orion is - as of this posting - the syndicated daytime TV series "Paternity Court.") See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sandy Dunlap: Who gave you those shoes?
Holly Davis: A friend... an old friend.
Sandy Dunlap: Well, she has terrific taste. But who picked out the rest of your outfit?
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Superficial comedic soaper...
1 April 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director/screenwriter Allan Burns seems to have patched two different scripts together before coming up with this minor outing: a comedy about infidelity and a melodrama about loss and sabotage. It results in a wincingly unfunny film. Christine Lahti plays a crass, cynical TV news reporter who makes friends with aerobics instructor Mary Tyler Moore and is soon having dinner with Moore and her family--only to discover Mary's husband (Ted Danson) is Lahti's secret affair! Burns has a strange, stop-and-start rhythm to his dialogue which is neither realistic nor effective (just increasingly annoying, because nothing important ever seems to get said). Rail-thin Moore, looking alarmingly frail in her leotard, has a radiant smile but doesn't convince as Danson's wife, and Danson gets stuck with a paltry, thankless role (he's just there to be a cad). The movie attempts to cover all the bases in a classic case of overreaching (woman's role in the workplace, the TV news-biz, the cheating family man, the working wife and mother who wants more, a woman's need for female friendships, et al), but nothing substantial comes out of these ideas since Burns only half-heartedly examines the issues. As a writer, he is surprisingly free of punchlines, but is devoid of a purpose as well, and the heavy plotting just gets all fouled up. *1/2 from ****


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