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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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Dean Cain dedicated his performance to the memory of his uncle, Lieutenant Colonel George Eynon "Buzz" Thomas, U.S. Air Force and his family. Dean's character in the movie shares the same name as his uncle. See more »


Billy Phillips: Oh, and Dad? Fuck you!
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »


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The tears kept coming
27 July 2004 | by tweety_22488See all my reviews

I really like this movie. The actors fit the characters perfectly and the plot was unique. It would have been even more great to find out more about the characters but other than that i really enjoyed it. What was really fantastic is how all the friends were so different from each other but the fit so well. I can understand that this movie wasn't really deep, but life isn't always like that. The movie certainly took some surprising turns, well at least in the characters they were bringing into the plot. the overall feeling of the movie was really sentimental, dealing in the fact that these guys lives had been rough but they were still willing to go on, and the end really interesting if a little sad. But it just goes to show that some people don't go down without a fight.

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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Independence See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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