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A timid aerobics instructor learns that her new best friend is also her husband's mistress in this domestic drama starring Mary Tyler Moore. Suffering from a bit of empty-nest syndrome as her children pass through adolescence, indecisive homemaker Holly Davis Moore reluctantly accepts a part-time gig teaching exercise classes for frazzled gym owner Helga Salome Jens. There, she meets struggling, independent-minded broadcast journalist Sandy Dunlap Christine Lahti, and they quickly become thick as thieves. As it ...
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A timid aerobics instructor learns that her new best friend is also her husband's mistress in this domestic drama starring Mary Tyler Moore. Suffering from a bit of empty-nest syndrome as her children pass through adolescence, indecisive homemaker Holly Davis Moore reluctantly accepts a part-time gig teaching exercise classes for frazzled gym owner Helga Salome Jens. There, she meets struggling, independent-minded broadcast journalist Sandy Dunlap Christine Lahti, and they quickly become thick as thieves. As it turns out, though, Sandy is actually an adulteress -- she's engaged in a clandestine affair with Chip Ted Danson, Holly's seismologist husband. Chip loves both women and wants to continue seeing Sandy, but she breaks things off with him now that she knows his wife. When Chip dies suddenly, Sandy helps Holly cope and finances phase two of her life as the new owner of Helga's aerobics center. Unfortunately, though, evidence of Chip's infidelity lies around just waiting to be discovered. In the end, it's up to Chip's friend Harry Crandall Sam Waterston -- who's been nursing a crush on Holly for years -- to help a pregnant Sandy and a heartbroken Holly come to terms with their complicated friendship. Just Between Friends marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Allan Burns.
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it features appealing leads and stabs at feminist empowerment, this made-for-cable melodrama layers on too many implausibilities and mixed messages to transcend its TV-movie origins. Despite her almost superhuman likability, Mary Tyler Moore fails to drag her housewife character out of the kitchen. Uncertain of herself and incapable of taking charge, Moore's Holly Davis is more June Cleaver than Laura Petrie, let alone Mary Richards. Christine Lahti does invest her hardworking career woman with sardonic grit, but the character's self-sabatoging romantic tendencies and standard-issue career pitfalls reflect the script's deep ambivalence about women's roles. The subplot involving Holly and Sandy's decision to open a business together seems to herald some sort of definitive statement, but the focus then suddenly shifts into unexpected pregnancy and unlikely romance. Ted Danson and Sam Waterston are more than capable of doing what little is required of them. But as the title suggests, this is really the story of two star-crossed best girlfriends -- a duo whose story, although rich in dishy plot details, proves unsatisfying both emotionally and politically.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • UPC: 027616816030
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Tyler Moore Holly Davis
Christine Lahti Sandy Dunlap
Ted Danson Chip Davis
Sam Waterston Harry Crandall
Salome Jens Helga
Jane Greer Ruth Chadwick
Susan Rinell Kim Davis
Timothy Gibbs Jeff Davis
Diane Stilwell Carla
James MacKrell Bill
Brigette Desper Heather
Jeannie Elias Marci
Christina Kokubo Nurse
Julie Payne Karen
Beverly Sanders Judy
Read Morgan Charlie
Chet Collins Stage Manager
Castulo Guerra Sportscaster
Mark Blum George Margolin
Terri Hanauer Woman in Shower
Helene Winston Woman in Ice Cream Shop
Gary Riley Clerk in Ice Cream Shop
Leda Siskind Coffee Shop Waitress
Joshua Harris Boy with Runny Nose
Robert Kino Mr. Hasegawa
Lisle Wilson Newswriter
John Terry Bell Minister
George D. Wallace Bob Chadwick
Andra Akers Andrea
Robert Rothwell Bill
Lewis Arquette TV Station Guard
Tiffany Desper Heather
Dorothy Francis Herself
Suzanne Wishner Receptionist at Gym
Leslie Ann Rieder Candy Striper
Darwyn Carson Janet
Technical Credits
Allan Burns Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Cynthia Bales Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Blair Makeup
Chris A. Butler Set Decoration/Design
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Anne Goursaud Editor
Sydney Z. Litwack Production Designer
Eric Rylander Special Effects
Hallie Smith-Simmons Makeup
Edward Teets Producer
Bruce Weintraub Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Williams Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    for the best of friends

    i love this movie!

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