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As Good as It Gets ()


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A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

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Melvin Udall
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Carol Connelly
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Simon Bishop
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Frank Sachs
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Vincent
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Beverly
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Jackie
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Nora
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Verdell (as Jill)
Timer the Dog ...
Supporting Dog (as Timer)
Billy the Dog ...
Supporting Dog (as Billy)
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Neighbor Woman
Ross Bleckner ...
Carl
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Caterer
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Partygoer
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Partygoer
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Partygoer
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Handyman
Kristi Zea ...
Mother at Table
Annie Maginnis Tippe ...
Daughter at Table
Patricia Childress ...
Cafe 24 Waitress
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Cafe 24 Waitress
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Cafe 24 Waitress
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Cafe 24 Waitress
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Cafe 24 Waitress
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Cafe 24 Manager
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Man at Table
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Woman at Table
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Cafe 24 Customer
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Carol's Date
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Spencer Connelly
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Street Hustler
Justin Herwick ...
Street Hustler
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Policewoman
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Detective Ray
David A. Kipper ...
Hospital Doctor
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Nurse Receptionist
Chloe Brooks ...
Child at Cafe 24
Cooper Brooks ...
Child at Cafe 24
Sharon L. Alexander ...
Female Passerby
Holly Denys ...
Female Passerby
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Dr. Green
Alison Rose ...
Psychiatric Patient
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Psychiatric Patient
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Cafe 24 Busboy
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Publisher
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Receptionist
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Dr. Bettes
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Nurse
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Woman in Lobby
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Sean from the Bakery
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Veterinarian
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Man on Bus
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Maitre D'
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Singer
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Men's Store Salesman
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Bar Waiter
Kirk Ringberg ...
Food Waiter
Dave Hawthorne ...
Bartender
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Restaurant Patron
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New Yorker (as Alba Albanese)
Amy Anzel ...
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
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Flower Store Customer (uncredited)
Joe Beachy ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jason Thomas Campbell ...
Valet (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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NYC Transit Cop (uncredited)
James Gosnell ...
Boyfriend (uncredited)
Daniel D. Harris ...
Upscale Restaurant Diner / Dancer (uncredited)
Eliza Harris ...
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
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Fred Bishop - Simon's Dad on Phone (uncredited) (voice)
Johnny Mansbach ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Art Dealer (uncredited)
Bradlee Park ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Nicole Salter ...
Not Credited (uncredited)
Frank Slaten ...
Miffed Partygoer (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Diner (uncredited)

Directed by

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James L. Brooks

Written by

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Mark Andrus ... (story)
 
Mark Andrus ... (screenplay) and
James L. Brooks ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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James L. Brooks ... producer
Bridget Johnson ... producer
Maria Kavanaugh ... associate producer
Laurence Mark ... executive producer
Richard Marks ... co-producer
Aldric La'auli Porter ... associate producer (as Aldric Porter)
Richard Sakai ... executive producer
John D. Schofield ... co-producer
Owen Wilson ... associate producer
Kristi Zea ... producer
Laura Ziskin ... executive producer

Music by

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Hans Zimmer ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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John Bailey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Marks ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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John Bickford ... dailies timer
Gena Bleier ... assistant editor
Laura Congleton ... assistant editor (as Laura H. Congleton)
Jeffrey Ford ... first assistant editor (as Jeff Ford)
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer
Heather Hughes ... assistant editor
Lori C. Ingle ... associate editor
Marisa Morabito ... editorial production assistant
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative cutter
Hilary Schroeder ... assistant editor
Tony Solomons ... assistant editor
Sarah Thiessen ... assistant editor (as Sarah K. Thiessen)
John Scott Cook ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Dale Jones ... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney ... avid technician (uncredited)

Casting By

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Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Bill Brzeski

Art Direction by

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Philip Toolin

Set Decoration by

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Clay A. Griffith

Costume Design by

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Molly Maginnis ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Carrie Angland ... makeup artist
Linda Arnold ... hair supervisor
Stacye P. Branche ... makeup artist: for Mr. Gooding (as Stacye Branché)
Michèle Burke ... makeup supervisor (as Michele Burke)
Michael Germain ... makeup artist: for Mr. Nicholson (as Perry Michael Germain)
Linda Grimes ... makeup artist: for Mr. Nicholson, New York
Darrell Redleaf-Fielder ... hair stylist: for Ms. Hunt (as Darrell Fielder)
Allen Weisinger ... makeup artist: New York
Joy Zapata ... hair stylist: for Mr. Nicholson
Jeffrey S. Farley ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Irvin ... makeup effects (uncredited)
Michael S. Pack ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Amy Herman ... unit production manager: New York
Jake Jacobson ... unit production manager (as John Adam Jacobson)
John D. Schofield ... unit production manager
Denise Sirkot ... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films
Chantal Feghali ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Tamara Smith ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hans Berggren ... dga trainee
William M. Connor ... second assistant director
Shari Nicotero ... second second assistant director (as Shari Hanger)
Susan Perlman ... dga trainee: New York
Aldric La'auli Porter ... first assistant director (as Aldric Porter)

Art Department

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Rochelle S. Allen ... art department assistant
Cliff Berns ... painter
Philip Canfield ... leadman: New York (as Phil Canfield)
Teresa Carriker-Thayer ... art director: New York
Martin Charles ... graphic designer
Gary Deaton ... construction coordinator (as Gary L. Deaton)
Robert Griffon Jr. ... property master: New York (as Bobby Griffon)
Bart C. Hubenthal ... set dresser
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo ... set decorator: New York (as Jacqueline Jacobson)
Todd Jacques ... set dresser
Scott G. Jones ... set dresser
Jeff Machala ... assistant property master (as Jeffrey Machala)
John Maskovich ... set dresser (as John D. Maskovich)
Masako Masuda ... assistant art director
John Hammer Maxwell ... set dresser (as John H. Maxwell)
John Naehrlich ... lead man
Gary H. Rizzo ... set dresser (as Gary Rizzo)
Brana Rosenfeld ... assistant set decorator
Ivy Shapiro ... art consultant
Billy Sullivan ... artwork: by Simon's
Mark Wade ... property master
Salvador Anaya ... plasterer (uncredited)
Richard Berentsen ... carpenter (uncredited)
Mike Bodkin ... intern (uncredited)
Conny Boettger-Marinos ... art department coordinator (uncredited)
William Boyd ... general foreman (uncredited)
Chris Buchinsky ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Thomas Cooper ... propmaker (uncredited)
Cosmas A. Demetriou ... set designer (uncredited)
Jann K. Engel ... set designer (uncredited)
Janice Irwin ... art department coordinator: New York City (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight ... paint foreman (uncredited)
Mark Kudra ... set dresser (uncredited)
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Jonathan Mikita ... painter (uncredited)
Tony Miller ... lead plaster foreman (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Louis Zamora ... labor foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ron Bartlett ... re-recording mixer
George Campos ... apprentice sound editor
Matt Colleran ... recordist
Don Coufal ... boom operator
Dennis Drummond ... supervising sound editor
Kim Drummond ... dialogue editor (as Kim Haves)
Patrick Drummond ... sound effects editor
Richard Duarte ... foley mixer
Kira Edmunds ... assistant sound editor
Christopher Flick ... foley editor
David Giammarco ... supervising sound editor
Jeff Gomillion ... adr mixer (as Jeff Gomillian)
Galen Goodpaster ... first assistant sound editor
Gary Holland ... cable
Spike Allison Hooper ... adr assistant
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Darren King ... dialogue editor
Kathleen King ... boom operator: New York
Jonathan Klein ... foley editor
Nicholas Korda ... adr editor (as Nicholas Vincent Korda)
Andy Malcolm ... foley artist (as Andy Malcom)
Cindy Marty ... sound effects editor
Rob Nokes ... sound editorial technical support: Sound Dogs, Inc.
Thomas J. O'Connell ... adr mixer
Rudy Pi ... recordist
Joe Schiff ... adr assistant
Mark Smith ... re-recording mixer
Renee Tondelli ... adr supervisor (as Renée Tondelli)
Jerome R. Vitucci ... sound mixer: New York (as Jerome Vitucci)
Bill Ward ... assistant sound editor
Jeff Wexler ... sound mixer
Mark Yardas ... dialogue editor
Benjamin Cheah ... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Globerman ... second sound engineer (uncredited)
Bruno Roussel ... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Gregg Silk ... second sound engineer (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Bill Doane ... special effects coordinator (as William B. Doane)
Al Griswold ... special effects coordinator: New York (as Albert Griswold)
Harold McConnell Jr. ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Megan Brown ... texture animator: SPI
Suzy Brown ... texture animator: SPI
Mark Dornfeld ... digital visual effects: Buena Vista Imaging
Lisa Kahatriya ... rotoscoper: SPI
John Ly ... technical assistant: SPI
Tim McGovern ... visual effects supervisor: SPI
George Merkert ... visual effects producer: SPI
Hal Miles ... rotoscoper: SPI
Felix Ojeda ... compositor: SPI
Megan Omi ... compositor: SPI
Todd Pilger ... technical designer: SPI
Laurence Treweek ... lead technical supervisor: SPI
Guy T. Wiedmann ... visual effects editor: SPI (as Guy Wiedmann)
Brian Allan ... optical camera (uncredited)
Peter Anderson ... visual effects photography (uncredited)
Jason Dost ... digital scanner operator (uncredited)
Anthony Harris ... timing coordinator: SPI (uncredited)
Bernice Howes ... visual effects vendor producer (uncredited)
Dean Lyon ... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Taglianetti ... digital effects producer: Caliban Filmworks (uncredited)

Stunts

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BJ Davis ... NYC 2nd Unit/Aerial stunt coordinator / stunts (as B.J. Davis)
Ken Fritz ... stunt coordinator
Bryce Gregory ... stunts
Gene LeBell ... stunts (as Gene Le Bell)
Phil O'Dell ... stunts
Denise Lynne Roberts ... stunts
Felipe Savahge ... stunts
Walter Scott ... stunt coordinator
Chester E. Tripp III ... stunts (as Chester Tripp)
Pete Turner ... stunts
BJ Davis ... stunt double: Jack Nicholson (uncredited)
Julia Davis ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt double: Helen Hunt (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Greg Addison ... chief lighting technician: New York
James Bartolomeo ... second assistant camera: New York
David Burnett ... assistant chief lighting technician (as David R. Burnett)
Henry Christian III ... rigging lighting technician
Mike Connors ... dolly grip (as Michael Connors)
Steve Craft ... "b" camera second assistant
John Dolan ... key grip: New York
Jeff Hand ... "b" camera first assistant: New York
Michael M. Krevitt ... key grip
Gábor Kövér ... "b" camera operator: New York (as Gabor Kover)
Michael Martinez ... second assistant camera
Michael A. Mendez ... grip
Mike Moyer ... chief lighting technician
Scot A. Nederman-Paul ... loader: New York (as Scott Nederman)
Ralph Nelson ... still photographer
Paul Plannette ... "b" canera first assistant
Al Rodgers ... "b" camera second assistant: New York
Michael Stone ... camera operator
Donald E. Thorin Jr. ... first assistant camera
Demmie Todd ... still photographer: New York
Rick Tschudin ... "b" camera operator
Richard Turner ... "b" camera operator
Thomas D. Wazney ... best boy grip
John Baer ... still photographer: New York re-shoots (uncredited)
Mike Bonnaud ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Chuck Cohen ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Xiomara Comrie ... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Eric Vincent Cruse ... grip (uncredited)
Mike Gerzevitz ... electrician (uncredited)
Oscar Gomez ... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Scott Graves ... gaffer (uncredited)
Mark Gutterud ... assistant camera: dog unit (uncredited)
David Katz ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Toby LeCheminant ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Bob Leitelt ... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Hugh McCallum ... additional rigging grip (uncredited)
Kevin McKenna ... video assist operator (uncredited)
David Norris ... camera operator: Wescam (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Pelton ... camera loader (uncredited)
Chris Rosen ... electrician (uncredited)
Chis Rountree ... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Scherer ... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Sam Urdank ... still photographer: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Kathryn Eisenstein ... casting associate (as Katherine Eisenstein)
Karen E. Etcoff ... extras casting: New York
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Daniel J. Adkins ... costume supervisor: New York
Donna Casey-Aira ... assistant costume designer (as Donna D. Casey)
James Lapidus ... costumer (as James Henry Lapidus)
Elaine Ramires ... wardrobe supervisor (as Elena Del Rio)
Heidi Shulman ... costume supervisor: New York
Mary Elizabeth Still ... costumer
Debbie Travis ... costumer: to Mr. Nicholson (as Deborah Travis)
Philip Maldonado ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Trish Adlesic ... assistant location manager: New York (as Patricia Adlesic)
Declan Baldwin ... location manager: New York
S. Todd Christensen ... assistant location manager (as Todd Christensen)
Ralph Coleman ... location manager
Kathleen Corgan ... location scout (uncredited)
Stefan Gesek ... location assistant (uncredited)
Deren Getz ... location crew member (uncredited)
Tom Lackey ... location scout (uncredited)
Christopher Lee ... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Michael Parks ... location manager: preparation (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ryeland Allison ... musician: drums
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Chris Douridas ... song consultant
Bruce Fowler ... orchestrator (as Bruce L. Fowler)
Harry Gregson-Williams ... music conductor
Zigmund Gron ... music editor
Michael Lang ... soloist: Melvin's piano (as Mike Lang)
Alan Meyerson ... score mixer / score recordist
Rupert Nadeau ... assistant music editor
Jeffrey Pollack ... music supervisor
Lucas Richman ... music conductor
Adam Milo Smalley ... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
Marc Streitenfeld ... technical score advisor
Nico Abondolo ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Philip Ayling ... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Marc Caruso ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Brian Dembow ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Steve Erdody ... musician: cello solo (uncredited)
Walt Fowler ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jo Ann Kane ... music preparation (uncredited)
Jim Kanter ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Katie Kirkpatrick ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Armen Ksajikian ... musician: cello solo (uncredited)
Claude Letessier ... consultant: musical score (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty ... music coordinator (uncredited)
Ladd McIntosh ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Yvonne S. Moriarty ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ralph Morrison ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Heitor Pereira ... musician (uncredited)
David Riddles ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
James Walker ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Hans Zimmer ... music arranger (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Ray Quiroz ... script supervisor (as Raymond Quiroz)
Faith Conroy ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Vince del Castillo ... transportation captain (as Vincent Del Castillo)
Pat King ... transportation co-captain: New York
Brian Lieberz ... driver
Richard McLaughlin ... transportation co-captain
Edward O'Donnell ... transportation captain: New York (as Eddie O'Donnell)
Mike Storc ... transportation (uncredited)
Scotty Goudreau ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Chad Ahrendt ... production assistant
Petra Alexandria ... assistant: to Mr. Mark
Nathan Barr ... assistant: to Mr. Zimmer
Raymond W. Beal ... animal trainer
Stacey Berns ... assistant: to Ms. Hunt
Brian Black ... production assistant
Bruce A. Block ... special consultant (as Bruce Block)
Arthur L. Brody ... psychiatric consultant (as Dr. Arthur L. Brody M.D.)
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot: New York
George Davis ... production secretary (as George A. Davis)
Matilda de Cagny ... animal trainer (as Mathilde DeCagny)
Deirdre Donohue ... production coordinator: New York (as Deirdre Cook)
Stephen Douglas ... additional artwork: by Film Art, L.A.
Alex Fernández ... production assistant: New York
Pablo Ferro ... designer: main title
Giela Fredman ... assistant accountant
Susanna Horng ... production secretary: New York
Karen R. Jones ... unit publicist
David A. Kipper ... medical consultant (as Dr. David A. Kipper)
Diane Krakower ... assistant: to Mr. Nicholson
Karen Maidment ... psychiatric consultant
Andy Mensing ... production assistant: New York
Eric Mention ... production assistant
Scott R. Meyers ... production assistant (as Scott Meyers) / production assistant: New York (as Scott Meyers)
Debbie Modrow ... assistant: Mr. Kinnear
Brendan Murphy ... assistant: to Mr. Brooks
Moanike'ala Nakamoto ... assistant: to Mr. Zimmer
Felicia Nalivansky-Caplan ... assistant: to Mr. Sakai (as Felicia Nalivansky)
John Nava ... additional artwork
Chris Palzis ... production assistant
Kristen Ploucha ... production assistant
Mike Revell ... production accountant: New York (as Michael J. Revell)
Marge Rowland ... production accountant (as Marguerite Rowland)
Jason Rubenstein ... production assistant: New York
Sanjaya Saxena ... psychiatric consultant (as Dr. Sanjaya Saxena M.D.)
Miriam Schapiro ... assistant production coordinator: New York
Roger Schumacher ... head animal trainer
Joan Semmel ... additional artwork by
John Shaw ... production assistant: New York
Richard Shebairo ... loaner: artwork
Bronwyn Shepperson ... assistant: to Mr. Schofield
Ted Sroka ... production assistant
Shawn Suttles ... assistant: to Mr. Gooding
Michael Tubre ... production assistant
Derek Wade ... assistant production office coordinator (as Derek M. Wade)
Chad Woelki ... production assistant
Yvonne Yaconelli ... production office coordinator
David Yang ... assistant: to Ms. Johnson
Tamsin Anstey ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crista Birgy ... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Mike Bodkin ... intern (uncredited)
Judith M. Brown ... studio teacher (uncredited)
Justin Caine Burnett ... assistant: Mr. Zimmer (uncredited)
Neil Clark ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bronwyn Cornelius ... assistant: John D. Schofield (uncredited)
Susie Fallon ... assistant locations: New York (uncredited)
Paul D. Fischer ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Eric Mansur ... assistant: Laurence Mark (uncredited)
John Michael Sudol ... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller ... technical consultant (uncredited)
Matthew Moriarty ... production assistant (uncredited)
Vernon Rodriquez ... parking assistant (uncredited)
Jodi Shapera ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Debbie-Lynn Siegel ... payroll accountant (uncredited)

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Julie Ansell ... special thanks to
Michael Besman ... special thanks to
Ted Bessell ... this film is dedicated to
Boo ... this film is dedicated to
Diane Brooks ... this film is dedicated to
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Plot Summary

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. Written by Jon Reeves

Plot Keywords
Taglines Brace yourself for Melvin. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Old Friends (United States)
  • Pour le pire et pour le meilleur (France)
  • Besser geht's nicht (Germany)
  • Millor, impossible (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Mejor... imposible (Spain)
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  • 139 min
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Box Office

Budget $50,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,606,928, 28 Dec 1997
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $314,178,011

Did You Know?

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Trivia In one scene the dog starts mimicking Jack Nicholson by stepping over the cracks in the sidewalk. The filmmakers accomplished this by placing little obstacles on the cracks so that the dog had to step over them. They then removed the obstacles digitally in post-production. See more »
Goofs When Simon is in the hotel in Baltimore, he rips his cast between the thumb and index finger. Upon the return to New York, when Carol is exiting the car, the cast is clearly and repeatedly seen to be intact. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Tomorrow Never Dies/Mousehunt/As Good as it Gets/Kundun/Oscar and Lucinda (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Temple (Sanctuary Mix) See more »
Crazy Credits Just after the disclaimer of the American Humane Association (The animals used in this film were in no way mistreated...) there is a second disclaimer stating "The actors used in this film were in no way mistreated." See more »
Quotes Melvin Udall: I've got a really great compliment for you, and it's true.
Carol Connelly: I'm so afraid you're about to say something awful.
Melvin Udall: Don't be pessimistic, it's not your style. Okay. Here I go. Clearly a mistake.
[shifts in his seat uncomfortably]
Melvin Udall: I've got this, what, ailment? My doctor, a shrink that I used to go to all the time, he says that in fifty or sixty percent of the cases, a pill really helps. I hate pills. Very dangerous thing, pills. Hate. I'm using the word "hate" here, about pills. Hate. My compliment is, that night when you came over and told me that you would never... all right, well, you were there, you know what you said. Well, my compliment to you is, the next morning, I started taking the pills.
Carol Connelly: I don't quite get how that's a compliment for me.
Melvin Udall: You make me want to be a better man.
[pause]
Carol Connelly: [stunned] That's maybe the best compliment of my life.
Melvin Udall: Well, maybe I overshot a little, because I was aiming at just enough to keep you from walking out.
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