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Best Seller (1987)

A hitman approachs a writer to help him create the next best seller on his career, but the violent world he was a part of has other plans.

Director:

John Flynn

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Cleve
Brian Dennehy ... Dennis Meechum
Victoria Tennant ... Roberta Gillian
Allison Balson ... Holly Meechum
Paul Shenar ... David Madlock
George Coe ... Graham
Anne Pitoniak Anne Pitoniak ... Mrs. Foster
Mary Carver ... Cleve's Mother
Sully Boyar ... Monks
Kathleen Lloyd ... Annie
Charles Tyner ... Cleve's Father (as Harold Tyner)
E. Brian Dean E. Brian Dean ... Taxi Driver
Jeffrey Josephson Jeffrey Josephson ... Pearlman
Edward Blackoff Edward Blackoff ... Thorn
Branscombe Richmond ... Longshoreman #1
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Storyline

Hit man Cleve approaches writer/cop Dennis about a story for his next book: How Cleve made a living, working for one of the most powerful politicians in the country. To get the story right, they travel around the country to gather statements and evidence, while strong forces use any means they can to keep the story untold. Written by Lars Skogan <si2_ls92362@debet.nhh.no>

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A hired assassin. A cop turned author. Together they're rewriting the rulebook on the Mob. See more »


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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone enjoyed the film and called James Woods to get his opinion on director John Flynn. Woods vouched for the director and Flynn was hired to direct Stallone in Lock Up (1989). See more »

Goofs

After the taxi was blown up, mere blocks from the World Trade Center, both main characters chase after the taxi driver. The next cut is this foot chase, which is clearly in the Times Square/Midtown area of Manhattan, quite a long way away from the WTC down in the Financial District. Unless they're all gods of fitness, it is not believable that the foot chase covered this much ground. See more »

Quotes

Cleve: Don't step forward. It's a long drop.
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PLAISIR D'AMOUR
Written by Jean Paul Martini
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Exciting But Violent Thriller
12 July 2001 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Best Seller" is essentially a two character movie. On one hand there is Brian Dennehy as a veteran cop who also writes crime novels based on real events. On the other hand there is James Woods as a professional killer who has been spurned by his former employer (Paul Shenar). He seeks out Dennehy to try to convince him to write his story of how a now rich and powerful magnate rose to the top over the bodies of others.

The first part of the movie involves Woods trying to convince Dennehy that his story is on the level. The second part of the story covers Shenar's attempts to intimidate Woods and Dennehy and prevent the publication of Dennehy's book.

Woods and Dennehy play off of each other marvelously. Woods is cold and calculating as the hit man and Dennehy is torn between his sworn duty as a cop and his desire to get to the truth.

"Best Seller" is not for the faint of heart. There are scenes of graphic violence, which I feel are necessary within the context of the story. The film is worth a look if for nothing else than to watch two veteran performers at their best.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$905,399, 27 September 1987

Gross USA:

$4,278,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,278,150
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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