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on 9 January 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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on 16 May 2012
(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 thriller in which trusting your partner can be as deadly as trusting your enemy. After years of loyal service, professional assassin Cleve (Woods) has been let go by the corporate empire he helped build. Now he wants revenge in a tell-all book. From different sides of the law and opposing ends of the moral spectrum, Cleve and best-selling author Dennis Meechum (Dennehy) form an unusual partnership. But when Meechum's daughter is kidnapped by Cleve's former employer, Meechum discovers exactly what kind of man he's been partnered with...as he's pulled into an explosive confrontation that will leave only one of them standing
what can I say? about the amazing James Woods.
Here he is electrifying as the hit man wanting to take down his former employer with the help of the always excellent Brian Dennehy.
The chemistry between them is exquisite.Killer and a Cop two sides of the same coin. they play off of each other marvellously.
Woods is cold and calculating as the hit man and Dennehy is torn between his sworn duty as a cop and his desire to get to the truth.
Best Seller" is not for the faint of heart. There are scenes of graphic violence,But it is done with style and panache .
.and James Woods playing misunderstood psycho hitman Cleve is an experience not to be missed!
one thing left to say Writing A Book Is Easy. Writing A Best Seller Is Murder.
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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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on 18 August 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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on 20 February 2009
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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on 31 December 2011
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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on 13 October 2009
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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on 20 July 2010
Bought this for a friend who was very happy with the DVD and the quality.
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on 18 December 2012
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 October 2006
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 winning stage actor on Broadway.

Without these two actors and the chemistry that develops between them the film wouldn't have worked. Its an interesting story that keeps you guessing where its going (unless you've seen it as many times as I have). The direction by John Flynn is straightforward, and the script by Larry Cohen is pretty sharp. There are a few memorable scenes that will stick with you, and I would say its one of the few films I've seen where it could have been 15 minutes longer.

Woods plays the villian in the film, with Dennehy playing the cop who is now a successful novelist. Something in their past links them together and Woods wants Dennehy to write about it!

If you've managed to miss this film over the last 20 years, its well worth buying, as I have found it certainly holds up to repeated viewings.
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