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As Good as It Gets


19 Dec 1997

2 hr 19 min

Comedy, Romance

A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat.
New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.


Status: Released
Country: USA
Language: English
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 42 nominations.
Budget: $50M


James L. Brooks (Producer)
Owen Wilson (Associate Producer)


(Screenplay · Story)

Production Companies

TriStar Pictures
Gracie Films


Jack Nicholson (as Melvin Udall)
Helen Hunt (as Carol Connelly)
Greg Kinnear (as Simon Bishop)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Frank Sachs)
Skeet Ulrich (as Vincent Lopiano)
Shirley Knight (as Beverly Connelly)
Yeardley Smith (as Jackie Simpson)
Lupe Ontiveros (as Nora Manning)
Lawrence Kasdan (as Dr. Green)
Harold Ramis (as Dr. Bettes)
Kathryn Morris (as Psychiatric Patient)
Alison Rose (as Psychiatric Patient)
Maya Rudolph (as Policewoman)
Julie Benz (as Receptionist)
Jimmy Workman (as Sean from the Bakery)
Jamie Kennedy (as Street Hustler)
Brian Doyle-Murray (as Handyman)
Peter Jacobson (as Man at Table)
Jesse James (as Spencer Connelly)
Randall Batinkoff (as Carol's date)
Linda Gehringer (as Publisher)
Kaitlin Hopkins (as Woman in Lobby)
Danielle Spencer (as Veterinarian)
Lisa Edelstein (as Woman at Table)
Danielle Brisebois (as Singer)
Todd Solondz (as Man on Bus)
Matt Malloy (as Men's Store Salesman)
Bibi Osterwald (as Neighbor Woman)
Ross Bleckner (as Carl)
Bernadette Balagtas (as Caterer)
Jaffe Cohen (as Partygoer)
Laurie Kilpatrick (as Partygoer)
Alice Vaughn (as Partygoer)
Shane Black (as Cafe 24 Manager)
Stan Bly (as Cafe 24 Customer)
Missi Pyle (as Cafe 24 Waitress)
Tara Subkoff (as Cafe 24 Waitress)
Rebekah Johnson (as Cafe 24 Waitress)
Leslie Stefanson (as Cafe 24 Waitress)
Patricia Childress (as Cafe 24 Waitress)
Wood Harris (as Cafe 24 Busboy)
Chloe Brooks (as Child at Cafe 24)
Cooper Brooks (as Child at Cafe 24)
Kristi Zea (as Mother at Table)
Justin Herwick (as Street Hustler)
John F. O'Donohue (as Detective Ray)
Mary Elizabeth Still (as Nurse Receptionist)
Paul Greenberg (as Bar Waiter)
David A. Kipper (as Hospital Doctor)
Antonia Jones (as Nurse)
Bronwyn Cornelius (as Bartender (uncredited))
Amy Anzel (as Ballet Dancer (uncredited))
Maurice LaMarche (as Fred Bishop - Simon's Dad on Phone (voice) (uncredited))



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