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on 21 July 2016
Best Seller is an absolute gem of a movie and quintessentially 80s fare. They don't make them like this anymore and it's such a shame. The movie centres on the character of Dennis Meechum (Brian Dennehy) who is a cop and novelist, having been inspired to write the true account of a robbery he was the victim of years earlier. With the death of his wife leaving him to raise his daughter and having now fallen on hard times as he faces writer's block and financial and legal pressure from his publishers for missing deadlines, he is approached by the mysterious Cleeve (James Woods). Cleeve appears to know a lot about Dennis and offers him a once in a lifetime deal that will give him a best seller and solve all of his problems, write a non-fiction book of Cleeve's career as a hitman in order to take down the powerful corporate empire, Kappa International, and its founder David Madlock. The joy of this movie is in that set-up, two people who are on opposite sides of the law yet are put in a situation where they have to work together to take down a larger evil. James Woods is brilliant as usual in exuding that confidence and cocky charm and Brian Dennehy plays those stoic heroic figures so well. You suspect Dennis comes to respect Cleeve as their partnership develops though he can't admit it, with Cleeve always one step ahead. He wants to be loved if not understood as well. The film pulls no punches in showing that Cleeve is not a nice person, with one scene in particular being quite shocking, however he does come to embody the qualities of an anti-hero. However, is Cleeve capable of an unselfish act? I highly recommend this film, which needs a UK blu-ray release as soon as possible.
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on 11 July 2017
James Woods at his best, aging a little now but still a good movie.
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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 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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VINE VOICEon 16 July 2003
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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