As Good as It Gets

A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat.

As Good as It Gets (1997)


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.

Director: James L. Brooks
Writers: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks.

Release Date: 1997-12-19
Status: Released
Run time: 139 min / 2:19
Budget: $50,000,000
Revenue: $314,178,011
Production Companies : Gracie Films, TriStar Pictures
Production Country: United States of America



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


Directing James L. Brooks Director
Writing Mark Andrus Screenplay
Writing James L. Brooks Screenplay
Production James L. Brooks Producer
Sound Hans Zimmer Music
Crew Mark Wade Property Master
Directing Ray Quiroz Script Supervisor
Crew Walter Scott Stunt Coordinator
Crew Ken Fritz Stunts Coordinator
Production Owen Wilson Associate Producer
Camera John Bailey Director of Photography
Editing Richard Marks Editor
Production Francine Maisler Casting
Art Bill Brzeski Production Design
Art Philip Toolin Art Direction
Art Clay A. Griffith Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Molly Maginnis Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Carrie Angland Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Linda Arnold Hairstylist
Directing Aldric La'Auli Porter Assistant Director
Directing Hans Berggren Other
Directing William M. Connor Assistant Director
Directing Susan Perlman Other
Production Karen E. Etcoff Casting
Production Barbara Harris Casting
Crew Julie Ansell Thanks
Crew Michael Besman Thanks
Sound Bruce Fowler Orchestrator
Editing Gena Bleier Assistant Editor
Camera Ralph Nelson Still Photographer
Crew Chester E. Tripp III Stunts
Lighting Greg Addison Lighting Technician
Writing Mark Andrus Story
Sound Dennis Drummond Supervising Sound Editor
Crew Pablo Ferro Title Graphics
Crew BJ Davis Stunt Coordinator
Crew BJ Davis Stunt Double
Crew Julia Davis Stunt Coordinator
Crew Julia Davis Stunt Double
Editing Hilary Schroeder Assistant Editor

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