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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:

Amigos íntimos 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

This movie's title "Best Friends" is a bit of a fallacy. Even though they may be "best friends", from the start of the film, Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawns' characters are living together as partners and are "more than friends". See more »

Goofs

When Richard gets into bed at Paula's parents' house, he slams down his toothbrush on the bedside table. When Elanor enters, the position of the toothbrush has changed. Then when she tucks him in and kisses his forehead, the toothbrush changes position again. See more »

Quotes

Larry Weisman: Commitment. Discipline. Make it work.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Love in the Afternoon (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeepers Creepers
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band at the party
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Not very friendly
27 March 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn as sweetheart screenwriters who live together unmarried; soon however, Burt starts feeling his mortality and wants something substantial, Goldie wants to be a team-player...and so they propose to each other in the shower. These rather uninteresting lovers spend the rest of the picture sniping at one another, and director Norman Jewison keeps the pacing at a sitcom-cute crawl. Reynolds and Hawn create a fatigued sort of rapport that certainly suggests they've known each other a while and have built a relationship which can withstand a little irritability, but what's funny about that? So many of the situations here bomb completely, particularly a really stinky one regarding Hawn's father who molests all his housekeepers. Keenan Wynn and Audra Lindley are wonderful as Burt's parents--but after the first hour, "Best Friends" becomes melodramatic and muddled. I didn't believe for one second these two characters would find their happy ending...they're much too self-involved. ** from ****


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