Best Friends (1982)
This personal tale of a screenwriting team was written by real-life married scenarists Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin.
When first met, writers Richard Babson (Burt Reynolds) and Paula McCullen (Goldie Hawn) are lovers as well as collaborators. But then they decide to make their union legal.
Predictably, they discover that their relationship goes straight downhill after their marriage.
The two stars, Hawn and Reynolds, are pleaseant and there’s good cehimstry between them. But it’s the supporting cast, including Jessica Tandy and Barnard Hughes as Hawn’s parents, nx Audra Lindley and Keenan Wynn as Reynolds’ folks, which does the real acting.
In a small role, Ron Silver is impressive as a greedy producer.
In 1982, Barry Levinson directed what turned out to be his best film, “Diner,” also an autobiographical story.
The Oscar nominated song is written aby another married coule, Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Oscar Nominations: 1
Song: How Do You Keep the Music Playing? Music by Michel Legrand, lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
The Best Song winner was “Up Where We Belong” from “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
Running time: 116 Minutes.
Directed by Norman Jewison
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
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