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Best Friends (1982)

When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Jewison
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Richard Babson
Goldie Hawn ... Paula McCullen
Jessica Tandy ... Eleanor McCullen
Barnard Hughes ... Tim McCullen
Audra Lindley ... Ann Babson
Keenan Wynn ... Tom Babson
Ron Silver ... Larry Weisman
Carol Locatell ... Nellie Ballou
Richard Libertini ... Jorge Medina
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Carol Brandon
Noah Hathaway ... Lyle Ballou
Mikey Martin Mikey Martin ... Robbie Ballou
Helen Page Camp Helen Page Camp ... Maid
Joan Pringle ... Doria
Vincent J. Isaac Vincent J. Isaac ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

When a professional couple who have lived & worked together for many years finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpectedly funny and awkward difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends." Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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Taglines:

Marriage is a funny thing to do...if you want to stay [UK Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Friends See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,891, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:

$36,821,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,821,203
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's director Norman Jewison said of this film's screenplay and the movie's two leads: "The script gave us the broad brush strokes for what, hopefully, has become a montage of small, revealing, funny scenes. I encourage improvisation only when it's relevant to the story and the actors can handle it. In this case it was the right approach. Burt is remarkably ingenious, and Goldie has the greatest body language of anyone I've ever known. I gave them a free rein and much of what happens on the honeymoon journey between Los Angeles and Buffalo is their own invention". See more »

Goofs

Goldie Hawn mentions Teresa Wright not being on the train in Since You Went Away. It was Jennifer Jones, not Wright. See more »

Quotes

Richard Babson: [shoveling snow] I can't take it anymore. I'm not used to this. I'm not used to the cold, and I'm not used to being sexually deprived. I'm standing before you with a frozen erection.
Paula McCullen: Don't tell my mother - she'll put a mitten on it.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 13 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

References Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
Performed by Patti Austin and James Ingram
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Produced by Johnny Mandel
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes & Johnny Mandel
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a movie that's not afraid to tackle the best AND worst of relationships.
17 January 2004 | by triple8See all my reviews

I was a kid when I saw this but remember it for it's realism. I love sappy, hollywood unrealistic love stories dearly and I'm not embarrassed to admit that this picture(which does NOT fall into the above mentioned genre) did indeed bore me at certain moments. But it has a realistic quality that many romantic comedies lack and though the relationship between the two main characters isn't always sappy and perfect it does have more of an element of realism then other romantic comedies-it's a realtiohip that is sometimes great, othertimes not so, it's flawed but still real--in other words it's human!

Although this isn't one of my favorite flicks in the whole world I would recomend it for the reasons listed above. A movie doesn't always have to be sappy all the time, to be welldone.


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