Best Friends


1h 56m 1982
Best Friends

Brief Synopsis

Longtime roommates and professional partners find they aren't prepared to make it legal.

Film Details

Also Known As
Tjejen som inte ville gifta sig
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1982
Production Company
Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia-Emi-Warner; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Virginia, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Synopsis

Two screenwriters who have lived together and worked together for years decide to escalate their relationship and marry. Soon into their marriage, they discover the great differences between being a married couple rather than best friends

Crew

Henry Alberti

Set Design

Ann Ashcraft

Production Coordinator

Patti Austin

Song Performer ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing" "Think About Love")

Alan Bergman

Lyrics ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" "Think About Love")

Marilyn Bergman

Lyrics ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" "Think About Love")

Else Blangsted

Music Editor

Kathryn Blondell

Hairstyles

Gabriel Borgo

Hairstyles

Elyane Bretherton

Assistant Editor

Neil Brody

Sound Rerecording

Stanley Brossette

Unit Publicist

Tom Case

Makeup

Larry Cavanaugh

Special Effects

Earl L Clark

1st Assistant Camera

Betsy Cox

Costumes

Jordan Cronenweth

Dp/Cinematographer

Jordan Cronenweth

Director Of Photography

Valerie Curtin

Screenwriter

Tom Ellingwood

Makeup

Jane Feinberg

Casting

Mike Fenton

Casting

Louis S Fleming

Property Master Assistant

Carey Griffith

Key Grip

Dow Griffith

Location Manager (Los Angeles)

Lynda Gurasich

Hairstyles

Don Hall Jr.

Sound Editor

Richard Hart

Gaffer

Robert Hatfield

Production Assistant

Rita Hyde

Personal Assistant (To Goldie Hawn)

James Ingram

Song Performer ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing" "Think About Love")

Tom Jacobson

Production Manager

Johnny Jensen

Camera Operator

Kevin Jewison

2nd Assistant Camera

Norman Jewison

Producer

Candace Koethe

Other

Michel Legrand

Songs ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" "Think About Love")

Michel Legrand

Music

Mario Leone

Apprentice Editor

Barry Levinson

Screenwriter

Marci Liroff

Additional Casting

Robert J Litt

Sound Rerecording

William Maldonado

Construction Coordinator

Johnny Mandel

Song Arranger ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" "Think About Love")

Mickey Mcateer

Transportation Captain

Jim Mcgee

Construction Foreman

Charles Milhaupt

Assistant (To Producers)

Leanne Moore

Production Accountant Assistant

Carol Ness

Casting (Virginia Extras)

Stuart Neumann

Location Manager (Virginia)

Bonnie Palef

Assistant

Greg Palmer

2nd Assistant Director

Patrick Palmer

Producer

Win Phelps

1st Assistant Director

Greg Phillinganes

Song Arranger ("How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" "Think About Love")

Linda Phillips-palo

Casting (New York Extras)

Craig Pinkard

Transportation Coordinator

Anne Pritchard

Visual Consultant

Thomas Roysden

Set Decorator

Josan F Russo

Art Direction

Norman Saling

Wardrobe (Burt Reynolds)

Johanne Samuel

Other

John Shannon

Stills

Victoria J Snow

Wardrobe (Women)

George Szeptycki

Art Direction Assistant

Cynnie Troup

Script Supervisor

Elliot Tyson

Sound Rerecording

Tom Udell

Production Accountant

Jim Van Wyck

2nd Assistant Director

Don Vargas

Wardrobe (Men)

Janet Wattles

Production Accountant Assistant

Charles Wilborn

Sound Recording Mixer

Dagmar Wittmer

Casting (Virginia Extras)

Joe Wizan

Executive Producer

Eric Young

Location Manager (New York)

Eric Young

Location Manager

John Zemansky

Property Master

Don Zimmerman

Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Tjejen som inte ville gifta sig
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
1982
Production Company
Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution Company
Columbia-Emi-Warner; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Virginia, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m

Award Nominations

Best Song

1982

Articles

Best Friends


Longtime roommates and professional partners find they aren't prepared to make it legal.
Best Friends

Best Friends

Longtime roommates and professional partners find they aren't prepared to make it legal.

Best Friends on DVD


With its generic, non-descript "see, we have two stars and they like each other!" cover, shoppers spying the new DVD release Best Friends (1982) might be excused in thinking it just another piece of cookie-cutter Hollywood romantic comedy, interchangeable with many others. They would be wrong. Best Friends presents many signs of the Hollywood touch, but the script is outstanding, a very personal story of a real-life modern couple and how marriage nearly destroys their relationship.

Screenwriters Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin based Best Friends on their own lives. Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn play Hollywood screenwriters and lovers who have lived together for the last five years. Providing the twist to the story is that he wants to get married but she is afraid to commit. She finally gives in ("Promise me one thing. We won't tell anyone!") and, courting disaster, they set off to visit each other's parents to give them the news.

As in all the "meet the parents" formula movies, the elders are horrors but Levinson and Curtin make them more believable than usual, more annoying than nightmarish, and use them to highlight problems in the younger couple's relationship. Both Hawn and Reynolds help ground Best Friends as well, providing some of the best performances of their careers full of small touches that reveal the turmoil behind the barely controlled façade of pleasantry each must present to their in-laws.

The movie was shot on location in Buffalo, New York during the winter, which must have been fun, and Vienna, Virginia plus Hollywood and an Amtrak train, all beautifully photographed by Jordan Cronenweth the same year he shot the quite-dissimilar Blade Runner (1982). One drawback, however, is a couple of rather bland Hollywood pop songs that litter the soundtrack (and provided the movie with its only Academy Award® nomination). The DVD provides viewers with the blessed relief of fast-forward to get them through the songs.

As for what happened in real life, it appears that writing that screenplay was as dangerous for Barry and Valerie's relationship as marriage was for their fictional counterparts. The two divorced the year Best Friends was released and just as Levinson wrote and directed his first triumph, Diner (1982). From there Levinson became one of Hollywood's most bankable directors, winning the Oscar® for Rain Man (1988) while marrying Dianna Rhodes whom he met during the filming of Diner. Curtin continued acting and producing for television while two leftover scripts from the former partnership were made into movies, the first a remake of Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours (1984) followed by Levinson himself directing their script for Toys (1992).

One of the reasons to present this backstory here is that, although the DVD presents an excellent copy of the film, letterboxed for regular television and 16 X 9 for widescreen TV's, there are no extras, not even a trailer. Surely someone could have seen if Levinson and Curtin would like to relive old times with a commentary track?

For more information about Best Friends, visit Warner Video. To order Best Friends, go to TCM Shopping.

by Brian Cady

Best Friends on DVD

With its generic, non-descript "see, we have two stars and they like each other!" cover, shoppers spying the new DVD release Best Friends (1982) might be excused in thinking it just another piece of cookie-cutter Hollywood romantic comedy, interchangeable with many others. They would be wrong. Best Friends presents many signs of the Hollywood touch, but the script is outstanding, a very personal story of a real-life modern couple and how marriage nearly destroys their relationship. Screenwriters Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin based Best Friends on their own lives. Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn play Hollywood screenwriters and lovers who have lived together for the last five years. Providing the twist to the story is that he wants to get married but she is afraid to commit. She finally gives in ("Promise me one thing. We won't tell anyone!") and, courting disaster, they set off to visit each other's parents to give them the news. As in all the "meet the parents" formula movies, the elders are horrors but Levinson and Curtin make them more believable than usual, more annoying than nightmarish, and use them to highlight problems in the younger couple's relationship. Both Hawn and Reynolds help ground Best Friends as well, providing some of the best performances of their careers full of small touches that reveal the turmoil behind the barely controlled façade of pleasantry each must present to their in-laws. The movie was shot on location in Buffalo, New York during the winter, which must have been fun, and Vienna, Virginia plus Hollywood and an Amtrak train, all beautifully photographed by Jordan Cronenweth the same year he shot the quite-dissimilar Blade Runner (1982). One drawback, however, is a couple of rather bland Hollywood pop songs that litter the soundtrack (and provided the movie with its only Academy Award® nomination). The DVD provides viewers with the blessed relief of fast-forward to get them through the songs. As for what happened in real life, it appears that writing that screenplay was as dangerous for Barry and Valerie's relationship as marriage was for their fictional counterparts. The two divorced the year Best Friends was released and just as Levinson wrote and directed his first triumph, Diner (1982). From there Levinson became one of Hollywood's most bankable directors, winning the Oscar® for Rain Man (1988) while marrying Dianna Rhodes whom he met during the filming of Diner. Curtin continued acting and producing for television while two leftover scripts from the former partnership were made into movies, the first a remake of Preston Sturges' Unfaithfully Yours (1984) followed by Levinson himself directing their script for Toys (1992). One of the reasons to present this backstory here is that, although the DVD presents an excellent copy of the film, letterboxed for regular television and 16 X 9 for widescreen TV's, there are no extras, not even a trailer. Surely someone could have seen if Levinson and Curtin would like to relive old times with a commentary track? For more information about Best Friends, visit Warner Video. To order Best Friends, go to TCM Shopping. by Brian Cady

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States December 1982

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1982

Released in United States December 1982

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1982