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Best Men (1997)

Four best men pick up their friend, the groom, outside prison. On the way to the chapel, they stop at a bank and get involved in a robbery. The bank's surrounded. FBI takes over.


Tamra Davis




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


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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Never rob a bank on your wedding day See more »

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

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This film is mad.
25 October 2000 | by Juliette-10See all my reviews

I have to admit Best Men was one of those films I had passed dozens of times at the video store - every time meaning to check it out. But I am glad that I finally did. In a way this is just like other off-beat, crime capers. The plot won't keep you guessing but then, that's not the point. Instead the pace of the film matches the laid-back town where it is set. And the movie definitely plays for laughs over any attempt at pathos. Which is good, the last thing we need is yet another movie trying to be more than it really is. All the audience is asked to do is kick back and enjoy the ride. However the film is not without its surprises - namely the performances of Dean Cain and Sean Patrick Flanery. Dean Cain is a revelation - forget Superman, this guy should definitely aim for parts like these. He brings a sensitivity to his role that belies his previous tv role. And Sean Patrick Flanery gets a mention for his adeptness with Shakespearean dialogue. There are not many actors on the big screen today who make it sound so easy - especially when you consider that not all of the dialogue spoken is original (and therefore with no prior standards or interpretations to guide the way). Kudos to the writers too, for doing such a great job. However, don't let the Shakespeare bit put off any action fans - there's more than enough to keep the blood pumping. Shakespeare plus shootouts and a groom who is going to be reeaallly late - this movie is mad.

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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Independence See more »


Box Office


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

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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