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Just Between Friends (1986)

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A timid aerobics instructor learns that her new best friend is also her husband's mistress in this domestic drama starring Mary Tyler Moore. Suffering from a bit of empty-nest syndrome as her children pass through adolescence, indecisive homemaker Holly Davis (Moore) reluctantly accepts a part-time gig teaching exercise classes for frazzled gym owner Helga (Salome Jens). There, she meets struggling, independent-minded broadcast journalist Sandy Dunlap (Christine Lahti), and they quickly become thick as thieves. As it turns out, though, Sandy is actually an adulteress -- she's engaged in a clandestine affair with Chip (Ted Danson), Holly's seismologist husband. Chip loves both women and wants to continue seeing Sandy, but she breaks things off with him now that she knows his wife. When Chip dies suddenly, Sandy helps Holly cope and finances phase two of her life as the new owner of Helga's aerobics center. Unfortunately, though, evidence of Chip's infidelity lies around just waiting to be discovered. In the end, it's up to Chip's friend Harry Crandall (Sam Waterston) -- who's been nursing a crush on Holly for years -- to help a pregnant Sandy and a heartbroken Holly come to terms with their complicated friendship. Just Between Friends marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Allan Burns.
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Television , Romance
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HBO Video

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Cast

Mary Tyler Moore
as Holly Davis
Christine Lahti
as Sandy Dunlap
Ted Danson
as Chip Davis
Sam Waterston
as Harry Crandall
Salome Jens
as Helga
Susan Rinell
as Kim Davis
Timothy Gibbs
as Jeff Davis
Julie Payne
as Karen
Chet Collins
as Stage Manager
Castulo Guerra
as Sportscaster
Read Morgan
as Charlie
Mark Blum
as George Margolin
Terri Hanauer
as Woman in Shower
Helen Winston
as Woman in Ice Cream Shop
Gary Riley
as Clerk in Ice Cream Shop
Leda Siskind
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Helene Winston
as Woman in Ice Cream Shop
Joshua Harris
as Boy with Runny Nose
Robert Kino
as Mr. Hasegawa
Lisle Wilson
as Newswriter
John Terry Bell
as Minister
Jane Greer
as Ruth Chadwick
George D. Wallace
as Bob Chadwick
Andra Akers
as Andrea
Lewis Arquette
as TV Station Guard
Suzanne Wishner
as Receptionist at Gym
Leslie Ann Rieder
as Candy Striper
Tiffany Desper
as Heather
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Critic Reviews for Just Between Friends

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Offers a fresh exploration of women's friendship which must bear many strains.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Dumb, dumb story but wonderful performers.

June 30, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Just Between Friends

Ahh, yes, 1986 - this was the time when people thought casting Ted Danson for something other than a bad TV series was a good idea. He has the screen presence of a fruit basket. It does pick up once Waterston moves into the main picture.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

So '80s bad it hurts: VHS vs Betamax, short male shorts, high-waisted mom jeans, hair, leotards, and ted danson. I kept waiting for MTM and Lahti to become lesbians.

elziard bouffier
elziard bouffier

Interesting! Touching.

Leo L
Leo L

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