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Best Laid Plans Details


Absolutely nobody is who he or she seems in this stylish thriller about a guy who wants to get out of his fly-speck hometown, the girlfriend who wants to help him, and the successful friend who just might make it possible. When Bryce (Josh Brolin) returns to his tiny hometown of Tropico, NV, he finds pal Nick (Alessandro Nivola) still living there unhappily. One night the pair meets a beautiful blonde at the bar and eventually Bryce takes her back to the house where he's staying. When the girl, Lissa (Reese Witherspoon), reveals that she's under age and threatens to turn Bryce in for statutory rape, he panics, ties her up in the basement, and puts in an anguished call to Nick. Little does Bryce realize, however, that Lissa is actually Nick's very grown-up girlfriend, and that the two lovers have decided Bryce and the ritzy house where he's staying will play a major role in their bid to leave behind dead-end Tropico forever. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:September 10, 1999


Alessandro Nivola
as Nick
Reese Witherspoon
as Lissa
Rebecca Klingler
as Diner Waitress
Kate Hendrickson
as Bar Waitress
Josh Brolin
as Bryce
Rocky Carroll
as Bad Ass Dude
Owen Bush
as Vagrant
Michael Hagerty
as Charlie
Jesse Woodrow
as Roach Coach Clerk
Michael McCleery
as Recycling Owner
James Marsh
as Barry
Terrence Howard
as Jimmy
Sean Nepita
as Freddie
Gene Wolande
as Lawyer
Jonathan McMurtry
as Vet
Jody Wood
as Bruhfire Cop
Teddy Vincent
as Lawyer Secretary
Jane Morris
as Realtor
David Mandel
as Evangelist
Alec Berg
as Phone Guy No. 1
Jeff Schaffer
as Phone Guy No. 2


Mike Barker
Betsy Beers
Alan Greenspan
Sean Bailey
Chris Moore
Ted Griffin
Ben Seresin
Stephen Hilton
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Keogh
Composer (Music Score)
Sloane Klevin
Sophie Becher
Production Designer
Nancy Paloian-Breznikar
Mike Newell
Executive Producer
Nicki Roberts
Set Decorator
Susan Matheson
Costume Designer
Reinhard Stergar
Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Krohmer
Special Effects
Jay Bartus
Special Effects
Julian Pinn
Nathaniel Goodman
Camera Operator
Mali Finn
Jacqueline Clay
Script Supervisor
Beth Rogers
Paul Knight
First Assistant Editor
Curtis Lelash
Set Production Assistant
Glen Magers
Sherilyn Stetz
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Shaun McGovern
First Assistant Accountant
Isobel Griffiths
Joel Bystrom
Lonnie Gatlin
Tracey Gibbons
Post Production Coordinator
Chris Roundtree
Gay Perello
Properties Master
Cecilia Escobar
Second Assistant Accountant
Emily Schweber
Casting Associate
Harvey Malkin
Production Accountant
Jim Sheldon
Still Photographer
Linda Warrilow
Production Coordinator
Matt Grime
Dialogue Editor
Pauline Griffiths
Foley Artist
Sarah Yang
Production Secretary
Cecilia Weston
Gabriel Ynda
Assistant Location Manager
Spike Silver
Stunts Coordinator
Tijana Agic-Gaudio
Set Dresser
Horst Jung
Craft Service/Catering
Jo Dale
First Assistant Editor
Lisah Smith
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Michelle Crenshaw
First Assistant Camera
Peter Holt
Foley Editor
Kevin Ahern
First Assistant Editor
Mark Strasburg
First Assistant Camera
Pattye Rogers
First Assistant Editor
Robert Magnano
First Assistant Camera
Simon Giles
Title Design
Stuart Morton
Assistant Sound Editor
Wendy Howell
Extra Casting
Brenda Blatt
Hair Styles
Diane Branigan
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Robert Fegen
Production Assistant
Sherry Aude
Extra Casting
Steve Ruffing
Dolly Grip
Brad Wilder
David Sandefur
Assistant Art Director
Graham Sutton
Music Editor
Jason Ballard
Transportation Captain
Keith England
Production Assistant
Maria Jaramillo
Bruce Everett
Post Production Supervisor
Dominic Lester
Re-Recording Mixer
Sue Chipperton
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Robin O'Donoghue
Re-Recording Mixer
Jeila Gueramian
Key Costumer
Kevin Egeland
Graphic Design
Martin Cantwell
Sound Effects Editor
Catriona Richardson
First Assistant Editor
Dwayne Shattuck
Unit Production Manager
Jennifer Flygare
Assistant Art Director
Ann Shea
Art Department Coordinator
Mary Holliday
Production Assistant
Paula Boram
Foley Artist
Ross Adams
Supervising Sound Editor
Sloane U'ren
Assistant Art Director
Susa Kohlstedt
Camera Loader