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Best Seller [DVD]

James Woods , Brian Dennehy , John Flynn    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Victoria Tennant, Allison Balson, Paul Shenar
  • Directors: John Flynn
  • Writers: Larry Cohen
  • Producers: Carter DeHaven, Derek Gibson, John Daly
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Polish, Spanish, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FI3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,346 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



John Flynn has directed some good, tough, pacy thrillers and Best Seller, along with the 1973 The Outfit, can claim to be the best of them. It kicks off with not one but two slam-bang action sequences and then, having grabbed our attention, pitches us straight into its twisty plot premise. Brian Dennehy, reliably watchable as ever, plays an ageing cop-turned-novelist who has hit a writer's block since his wife died. James Woods at his most suavely sinister is a hitman with dirt to dish on the head of a big corporation. Woods proposes a Faustian pact. He provides Dennehy with the full crooked story on the mobster-turned-corporate boss and the cop writes it up. Dennehy gets a best seller; Woods gets his revenge and comes out looking like a hero.

The dialogue, courtesy of screenwriter and horror-movie director Larry Cohen (It's Alive; Q--The Winged Serpent), is satisfyingly hard-boiled and slips in plenty of subversive sideswipes at rampant capitalism. ("It's the American Way, Dennis," says Woods, detailing how he helped his boss rise via robbery and murder. "I'm a businessman, an executive.") This certainly isn't the only movie to get mileage out of the symbiotic relationship between cop and crook (see Michael Mann's Heat), but it works several neat variations on the theme, with Dennehy and Woods both at the top of their respective forms. If the film never quite lives up to its potential--the required final confrontation between the two principals doesn't materialise and Victoria Tennant is thrown away as Dennehy's love-interest--it remains a way better than average thriller with its roots deep in the best B-movie traditions.

On the DVD: Best Seller on disc has no extras apart from the theatrical trailer. The transfer is good and clean, and preserves the original's full-width framing. --Philip Kemp

Product Description

audio in italiano.complicato intreccio nel rapporto tra un poliziotto aspirante scrittore di libri gialli e un killer professionista che col lavoro commissionatogli da un vip vuole offrirgli lo spunto per un romanzo. gioco pericoloso. da un abile regista inglese un thriller molto violento che affronta un tema classico da un punto di vista psicologico. ottimi i protagonisti. scritto da larry cohen.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you hooked 9 Jan 2006
I only bought this because it was cheap and I'm a huge James Woods fan, really I'd little idea what to expect but I wasn't disappointed.
The performances are solid and the two lead characters (Cleve and Dennis) are interesting and likeable. The film is about a criminal (Cleve-Woods) who wants revenge on his former employer by having all the employer's secrets released in a book, which he wants written by cop Dennis who once had fame for writing the non-fiction book about a robbery of which he was the only survivor.
Cleve wants the book to mostly be about him and at first comes across as a wicked, selfish character, whilst Dennis is pitiful and pathetic at times. Both characters grow and strengthen through the movie, Dennis is admirable through his strong desire to protect his daughter and Cleve is humourous and one has to sympathise with his desire to be liked despite his deeds.
The relationship between the two is excellently portrayed and I would reccomend this to people who like not just crime movies but general thrillers, the soundtrack is good for the age and the suspense is always there.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant!Keeps you hooked! 16 July 2003
By Mr. J. W. Mc Evoy VINE VOICE
I was watching t.v late one evening and was just about to pop of to bed when I heard a knock on the door.It was my two older brothers.Being a rowdy lot I knew I wouldn't get asleep for a good while so we all sat down in front of the t.v flicked on bbc1 and seen a film was going to start.This is one of the best movies to come out of the 80's gritty and hardhitting.It serves up tension and violence by the bucket load.Absolutely fantastic,watchout for the great ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice character interaction 20 Feb 2009
By Fester
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The best part of this film is how the script writers manage time and again to generate sympathy, empathy even like for James Woods character, only to dash moments later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has lost nothing through the years 31 Dec 2011
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We used to have this on video but lost it somewhere over the years. Some movies appear dated after a while, but not this one, so well acted and with a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apt title 18 Aug 2011
A excellent thriller. Both James Woods and Brian Dennehy are outstanding as professional hitman and cop turned author.
The hitman is eager to tell his side of the story. Why he chose to be an assassin.What are his moral limitations.
James Woods character is frightening at times,but he does have a human side.Both men have a past connection that has to be
overcome if they are to work together.Well worth the price of the DVD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review 20 July 2010
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Bought this for a friend who was very happy with the DVD and the quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1980's thriller 13 Oct 2009
By Andy B
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Nice wide screen copy, superb acting & a different slant on the normal buddy movies of the 1980's. Check it out worth seeing for the 2 lead performances alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Great film 18 Dec 2012
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John Flynn who directed Best Seller, is one of the most undrerrated American directors of his generation. Check out Rolling Thunder, and The Outfit, both directed by John Flynn. He should be rated alongside Scorsese and Peckinpah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good film really worth watching
Published 8 days ago by michelle rita vella
3.0 out of 5 stars actors
chose because I. like brian dennehy and james woods as actors especially brian.bit of a let downunusual criminal twist towards the end which Idid enjoy.mysterious.
Published 16 months ago by rosemary laverty
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn`t be better !!!
I couldn`t ask for faster or better service i was really fast and i loved it !!
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Published 23 months ago by Hawk100
5.0 out of 5 stars A hired assassin. A cop turned author. Together they're rewriting the...
(the film) James Woods is "at his cold-blooded best" and Brian Dennehy shines in "one of the very best roles he's ever had" in this "captivating and mesmerizing psychological... Read more
Published on 16 May 2012 by S. F. husseiny
4.0 out of 5 stars Cop/Killer; two sides of the same coin.
Best Seller is directed by John Flynn and written by Larry Cohen. It stars James Woods, Brian Dennehy and Victoria Tennant. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Spike Owen
2.0 out of 5 stars Good cast- dissapointing film!
Best Seller has a good beginning and overall an original plot, but I found certain scenes and lines to be very cliched. Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by j.r
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem
This cracking little thriller features two of Hollywoods most underated actors. James Woods always the 2nd string to better known actors, and Brian Dennehy who is now an award... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2006 by S J Buck
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