As Good As It Gets

1997

PG-13

138 Min

As Good As It Gets

(0/5)

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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Director:
N/A
Released:
Dec 19th, 1997
Revenue:
$314,178,011.00
Country:
USA

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  • The last Academy Award for Best Picture nominee to date to win both Best Actor and Best Actress.
  • At the 1998 Oscar ceremony, when his name was announced as the winner of the Best Actor award, Jack Nicholson ascended to the podium by carefully stepping over the cracks between the tiles on the stage, in imitation of his character, Melvin Udall. Nicholson dedicated his Oscar to his A Few Good Men co-star J.T. Walsh who had died shortly before the Academy Awards in 1998.
  • The exterior used for Melvin Udall and Simon Bishop's apartment building is located near 5th Avenue on 12th Street in Manhattan.
  • John Cusack considered the role of Simon Bishop, but pulled out due to conflicts with writing, filming, and producing Grosse Pointe Blank.
  • The role of Carol Connelly was initially offered to Holly Hunter.
  • The role of Melvin Udall was initially offered to John Travolta.
  • An earlier version of the script was called "Old Friends". It was listed as one of the best unproduced screenplays by Movieline magazine and had Kevin Kline and Mike Newell attached at one point to star in and direct it, respectively.
  • Paul Gross auditioned for the part of Simon Bishop, but the director told him he was too "fine-featured" for the part.
  • Courtney Love turned down the role of Carol as she was recording the Celebrity Skin album with her band Hole. She also felt she was too young for the part at the time.
  • Udall's response to the question about how he writes women is an actual response given by author John Updike when asked the same question.
  • In _Ironweed (1987)_, made ten years before his film, Jack Nicholson tells Meryl Streep, "By God, Helen, that's as good as it gets," after her character sings the song, "He's Me Pal," in his honor.
  • Title of this movie was translated as "Mr. Cat Poop" in Hong Kong. Apparently it came from the name "Melvin" which is pronounced very similarly to the Cantonese colloquial word for cat poop.
  • The couple Melvin insults at the restaurant in the beginning of the movie are played by Peter Jacobson and Lisa Edelstein, who would go on to star together in the TV show House.
  • Betty White, an animal rights activist, was offered the Shirley Knight (Beverly Connelly) role, but turned it down when she learned of how the dog would be mistreated in the movie.
  • In one scene the dog starts mimicking Jack Nicholson by stepping over the cracks in the sidewalk. The filmmakers accomplished this by placing little obstacles on the cracks so that the dog had to step over them. They then removed the obstacles digitally in post-production.
  • The MPAA originally rated this film R. It was reduced to PG-13 on appeal.
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