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We'd rather not speculate over how much of Best Friends is autobiographical. We'll just note that this story of a male-female screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin. Lovers as well as collaborators, scriveners Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) decide to make their union legal. Predictably enough, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after they say "I do." The stars are far less interesting than the supporting cast, including Jessica Tandy and Barnard Hughes as Hawn's parents, Audra Lindley and Keenan Wynn as Reynolds' folks, Ron Silver as an avaricious producer (no names, please!), and Richard Libertini as a Mexican justice of the peace. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Bergman Best Song 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Goldie Hawn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marilyn Bergman Best Song 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michel Legrand Best Song 1982 Nominee

Cast

Burt Reynolds
as Richard Babson
Goldie Hawn
as Paula McCullen
Jessica Tandy
as Eleanor McCullen
Barnard Hughes
as Tim McCullen
Audra Lindley
as Ann Babson
Keenan Wynn
as Tom Babson
Ron Silver
as Larry Weisman
Richard Libertini
as Jorge Medina
Jennifer Jewison
as Skier
Joan Pringle
as Doria
Mickey Martin
as Robbie Batiou
Noah Hathaway
as Lyle Ballou
Rodney Kageyama
as Meter Reader
Douglas Roberts
as Stuart
Peggy Walton-Walker
as Carol Brandon
Vincent J. Isaac
as Cab Driver
Jimmy Lewis
as Diner
Brian Corrigan
as Waiter
Carol Locatell
as Nellie Ballou
David Cullinane
as Waiter

Crew

Norman Jewison
Director
Norman Jewison
Producer
Patrick Palmer
Producer
Susan Rice
Screenwriter
Valerie Curtin
Screenwriter
Mitch Markowitz
Screenwriter
Nora Ephron
Screenwriter
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter
Jordan S. Cronenweth
Cinematographer
Michel Legrand
Composer (Music Score)
Don Zimmerman
Editor
Joe Wizan
Executive Producer
Thomas Roysden
Set Designer
Betsy Cox
Costume Designer
Win Phelps
First Assistant Director
Barry Levinson
First Assistant Director
Marci Liroff
Casting
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