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Best Men (1997)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Cain ... Buzz
Andy Dick ... Teddy
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Billy
Mitchell Whitfield ... Sol
Luke Wilson ... Jesse
Fred Ward ... Sheriff Phillips
Raymond J. Barry ... Hoover
Drew Barrymore ... Hope
Brad Dourif ... The Vet
Tracy Fraim ... Cuervo
Art Edler Brown Art Edler Brown ... Carter
Jeff Phillips Jeff Phillips ... The Rookie
Biff Yeager ... Mayor Boar (as Biff Yaeger)
Kathryn Joosten ... Edie
Dee Maaske Dee Maaske ... Dorothy
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Storyline

The film opens with four tuxedo clad men showing up at a penitentiary to meet a friend who has just been released after three years in prison and is going straight from the jail to marry his girlfriend. En route to the wedding, one of the men asks to stop by a bank to pick up some cash. As it turns out, he is a wanted bank robber who uses Shakespeare passages during his robberies and thus has become known as "Hamlet". Soon all five men are caught up in the bank and involved in the robbery as they end up in a hostage situation. The hostage negotiator shows up who turns out to be Hamlet's father. As the men are all known to those being robbed, this quirky comedy takes a left turn as their hostages all work to support the men. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A comedy thriller about four men, a wedding and everybody's funeral. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Independence See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Billy Phillips: Oh, and Dad? Fuck you!
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Connections

References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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Cold Summer
Performed by Buffalo Daughter
Written & Produced by Buffalo Daughter
Recorded & Mixed by Zak
Appears on 'Captain Vapour Athletes' (GR030)
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records
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Uneven homage to 'Dog Day Afternoon'
6 April 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

There is a bank robber known as Hamlet working the area who quotes Shakespeare during his robberies. Four friends Buzz (Dean Cain), Teddy (Andy Dick), Billy (Sean Patrick Flanery), and Sol (Mitchell Whitfield) have come to pick up Jesse (Luke Wilson) from prison released after around 3 years. They are all dressed in tuxedos going to Jesse's wedding with Hope (Drew Barrymore). Billy is dropped off at the bank who turns out to be the masked bandit Hamlet. Then the rest of the guys go into the bank. They are surprised by Billy's bank robbery, and join in. Sheriff Phillips (Fred Ward) surrounds the group, and turns out to be Billy's dad.

This is a poor copy of 'Dog Day Afternoon'. Billy is way too pathetic. The FBI is way too ridiculous. The other people in the group makes no sense. It's trying to be a quirky action comedy. Except that it's more stupid than funny. And it's a horrible idea to have Andy Dick who is hamming it up for the camera. I think the filmmakers are attempting at a Tarantino-like DDA movie but they don't have the skills to pull it off. It comes off as a weak homage to the great movie.


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