Best Seller

Best Seller

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Director: John Flynn

Cast: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant

     
 

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Brian Dennehy plays a Wambaugh-type cop who has flourished as a novelist. At the moment, however, Dennehy is suffering from a profound case of writer's block. Coming to the rescue, as it were, is professional hit man James Woods. Recently dumped by his boss, above-suspicion business executive Paul Shenar, Woods is anxious to tell his life story to Dennehy, in hopes of… See more details below

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Brian Dennehy plays a Wambaugh-type cop who has flourished as a novelist. At the moment, however, Dennehy is suffering from a profound case of writer's block. Coming to the rescue, as it were, is professional hit man James Woods. Recently dumped by his boss, above-suspicion business executive Paul Shenar, Woods is anxious to tell his life story to Dennehy, in hopes of striking it rich with a tell-all bestseller. Shenar, however, takes a dim view of Woods' indiscretions, and for a while it looks as though it's curtains for both Dennehy and his teenaged daughter Allison Balson. Screenwriter Larry Cohen has claimed that Best Seller was based on Strangers on a Train.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This terse, tense, no-nonsense collaboration between screenwriter Larry Cohen and director John Flynn parlays tough-guy attitude into true-crime thrills. The sort of well-crafted but unpretentious mid-budget cops-and-killers flick that seems to have disappeared since its '70s and '80s heyday, Best Seller features typically intense performances from stars Brian Dennehy and James Woods, the former as a hard-bitten cop turned author, the latter as an elegant, haughty hit man. Although the script is so soaked in testosterone that the only female presence of any note is the cop character's stupid, damsel-in-distress daughter, Cohen gives in to manly sentiment at the end; yet, the many well-wrought suspense sequences, strong lead actors, and literary plot hook elevate the material above its otherwise fairly typical crime-world scenario. Hardly a classic, Best Seller is still solid entertainment for genre aficionados. It might make a good video double feature with F/X, another gimmicky Dennehy thriller.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
UPC:
0883904130376
Original Release:
1987
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Cleve
Brian Dennehy Detective Lieutenant Dennis Meechum
Victoria Tennant Roberta Gillian
Allison Balson Holly Meechum
Paul Shenar David Madlock
George Coe Graham, Madlock's Lawyer
Anne Pitoniak Mrs. Foster
Mary Carver Cleve's mother
Sully Boyar Monk
Kathleen Lloyd Annie
Harold Tyner Cleve's Father
David Cass Cop in Depository
Seymour Cassel Actor
Peter T. Stader Dock Worker
E. Brian Dean Taxi Driver
Jeffrey Josephson Pearlman
Edward Blackoff Thorn
Branscombe Richmond 1st Longshoreman
J.P. Bumstead Rothman
William Bronder Foley
Jenny Gago Woman in Laundry
Michael Crabtree Man in Bar
Clare Fields Bartender
Claudia Stenke Woman at Bar
David Byrd Quentin
Loyda Ramos Female Officer
Obaka Adedunyo Man in Car
Ted Markland Man in Bar
Phil Hoover Roud
David Blackwood Senator
David Ursin Meechum's Lawyer
Jay Ingram Turner
Daniel Trent Jarvis
Gary Kirk Jason
Dean Abston Cabot
Bill Mitchell El Paso TV Anchor
John Howard Swain Man at Airport
Dennis Acree 1st Bodyguard
Mark Venturini Bodyguard #2
Larry Holt 3rd Bodyguard
Jeff Ramsey 4th Bodyguard
James Winburn Supervisor
Samuel V. Baldoni Man
Hank Woessner Man
Brian Gaffikin Waiter
Michael White Young Cop
Martin West Mature Cop
Wally Burr Talk Show Host
Arlin Miller News Reporter
Sands Hall Teacher
Sydney Urshan Drug Kingpin

Technical Credits
John Flynn Director
David C. Anderson Asst. Director
Chris A. Butler Set Decoration/Design
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
John Daly Executive Producer
Carter DeHaven Producer
Diane Dimeo Casting
Lamont Dozier Songwriter
Jay Ferguson Score Composer
Deborah Figuly Makeup
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Chuck Hicks Stunts
Robert Howland Art Director
Pieter Hubbard Sound Editor
Joseph A. Ippolito Sound Editor
Susan Kaufman Makeup,Set Decoration/Design
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Kunz Special Effects
Steve Lambert Stunts
Jean Paul Martini Songwriter
Michael McLean Casting
Mike Warner Sound Editor
Donald O. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Kevin O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Olmstead Special Effects
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Pamela Peitzman Makeup
Jack Roe Production Manager
David Rosenbloom Editor
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
Hal Sanders Sound Editor
Ken Speed Special Effects
Christopher Tufty Camera Operator

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