As Good as It Gets

As Good as It Gets (1997)

A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat.

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Release Date: 1997-12-19
  • User Rating: 7.401/10 from 3171 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 19min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Gracie Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: James L. Brooks
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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.


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  • 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
  • Lisa Edelstein

    as Woman at Table
  • Danielle Brisebois

    as Singer
  • Todd Solondz

    as Man on Bus
  • Matt Malloy

    as Men's Store Salesman
  • Tom McGowan

    as Maitre D'
  • 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
  • Alex Ballar

    as Flower Store Customer (uncredited)
  • Bronwyn Cornelius

    as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Amy Anzel

    as Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
  • Laura Mayes Byrnes

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Maurice LaMarche

    as Fred Bishop - Simon's Dad on Phone (voice) (uncredited)
Writing James L. Brooks Screenplay
Directing James L. Brooks Director
Production James L. Brooks Producer
Sound Hans Zimmer Music
Production Francine Maisler Casting
Art Clay A. Griffith Set Decoration
Production Owen Wilson Associate Producer
Camera John Bailey Director of Photography
Editing Richard Marks Editor
Production Richard Marks Co-Producer
Production Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer
Directing Aldric La'Auli Porter First Assistant Director
Production Laura Ziskin Executive Producer
Directing William M. Connor Second Assistant Director
Sound Zigmund Gron Music Editor
Production Kristi Zea Producer
Production Laurence Mark Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Michèle Burke Makeup Supervisor
Production John D. Schofield Unit Production Manager
Production John D. Schofield Co-Producer
Sound Ron Bartlett Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Walter Scott Stunt Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Molly Maginnis Costume Design
Sound Andy Malcolm Foley Artist
Crew Michael Besman Thanks
Writing Mark Andrus Screenplay
Writing Mark Andrus Story
Costume & Make-Up James Lapidus Costumer
Camera Michael Stone Camera Operator
Art Bill Brzeski Production Design
Sound David Giammarco Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Galen Goodpaster First Assistant Sound Editor
Lighting Mike Moyer Chief Lighting Technician
Production Bridget Johnson Producer
Production Richard Sakai Executive Producer
Art Brana Rosenfeld Assistant Set Decoration
Crew Julie Ansell Thanks
Production Karen E. Etcoff Casting
Crew BJ Davis Stunt Double
Sound Cindy Marty Sound Effects Editor
Production S. Todd Christensen Assistant Location Manager
Production Barbara Harris ADR Voice Casting
Production Yvonne Yaconelli Production Office Coordinator
Sound Don Coufal Boom Operator
Sound Bruce Fowler Orchestrator
Editing Gena Bleier Assistant Editor
Crew Chester E. Tripp III Stunts
Sound Armen Ksajikian Musician
Directing Susan Perlman Other
Directing Hans Berggren Other
Art Philip Toolin Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Elaine Ramires Wardrobe Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Joy Zapata Hairstylist
Sound Patrick Drummond Sound Effects Editor
Sound Adam Milo Smalley Music Editor
Sound Chris Jenkins Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art Gary Deaton Construction Coordinator
Art Mark Wade Property Master
Camera Ralph Nelson Jr. Still Photographer
Crew Ken Fritz Stunt Coordinator
Art Pablo Ferro Title Designer
Art Masako Masuda Assistant Art Director
Crew Julia Davis Stunt Coordinator
Crew Julia Davis Stunt Double
Costume & Make-Up Mary Elizabeth Still Costumer
Visual Effects Tim McGovern Visual Effects Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Linda Arnold Hair Supervisor
Sound Renée Tondelli ADR Supervisor
Editing Dale E. Grahn Color Timer
Art John Naehrlich Leadman
Directing Ray Quiroz Script Supervisor
Sound Nicholas Korda ADR Editor
Production Maria Kavanaugh Associate Producer
Sound Jeff Wexler Sound Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Donna Casey-Aira Assistant Costume Designer
Sound Rudy Pi Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Darrell Redleaf-Fielder Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Carrie Angland Makeup Artist
Camera Donald E. Thorin Jr. First Assistant Camera
Costume & Make-Up Stacye P. Branche Makeup Artist
Lighting Greg Addison Lighting Technician
Sound Mark Smith Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Dennis Drummond Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Christopher Flick Foley Editor
Sound Matt Colleran Sound Recordist
Sound Jeff Gomillion ADR Mixer
Production Jake Jacobson Unit Production Manager
Sound Jonathan Klein Foley Editor
Sound Kira Edmunds Assistant Sound Editor
Camera Michael Connors Dolly Grip
Camera Michael Martinez Second Assistant Camera
Visual Effects George Merkert Visual Effects Producer
Crew Denise Lynne Roberts Stunts
Art John Maskovich Set Dresser
Crew Gary Holland Cableman
Editing Theresa Repola Mohammed Negative Cutter
Production Ralph Coleman Location Manager
Sound Richard Duarte Foley Mixer
Sound Thomas J. O'Connell ADR Mixer
Art Scott G. Jones Set Dresser
Editing Hilary Schroeder Assistant Editor
Art Martin Charles Graphic Designer
Art John Hammer Maxwell Set Dresser
Camera Thomas Wazney Best Boy Grip
Camera Michael M. Krevitt Key Grip
Crew William B. Doane Special Effects Coordinator
Sound Jeffrey Pollack Music Supervisor
Lighting David Burnett Assistant Chief Lighting Technician
Art Bart C. Hubenthal Set Dresser
Sound Bill Ward Assistant Sound Editor