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Actors: Brian Dennehy, James Woods, Victoria Tennant, Paul Shenar, Charles Tyner

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Written by Larry Cohen (It's Alive!), BEST SELLER is a movie directed by John Flynn in 1987.
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Dennis Meechum, a L.A. policeman, has become famous by writing a novel telling of a ganster attack on a police station he used to work in. Fifteen years later, Dennis's wife is dead and he has writer's block. He's contacted by Cleve, a professional killer who's worked for years for David Madlock and the Kappa corporation. Cleve, dismissed by Madlock, wants to take revenge on his ex-boss by describing to Meechum all the crimes he's committed for Madlock.

At first doubtful, Meechum starts to believe Cleve when Madlock's hitmen try to kill them on several occasions. Madlock knows that a novel written by Meechum could do him more harm than anything. Meechum, in the company of Cleve, flies to NYC in order to gather evidence and see some of the crime scenes described by Cleve, then to Oregon to meet Cleve's family and finally to El Paso in order to question the only witness of one of the murders. Madlock's pressure and threats become soon unbearable as the novel is finished.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   hunted by killer/stalker Criminal enemy is...    -   big business/rich guy

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   passenger plane City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding vehicles

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