Status: ReleasedIMDb
Release date: 1997-12-19
Run time: 139 minute / 2:19
Budget: $50,000,000
Revenue: $314,178,011
Director: James L. Brooks
Writers: James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus.
Production Companies: Gracie Films, TriStar Pictures
Production Country: United States of America

As Good as It Gets

A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat.

Categories: Comedy, Romance
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.


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
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)
James L. Brooks Screenplay

James L. Brooks Director

James L. Brooks Producer

Hans Zimmer Music

Francine Maisler Casting

Clay A. Griffith Set Decoration

Owen Wilson Associate Producer

John Bailey Director of Photography

Richard Marks Editor

Aldric La'Auli Porter Assistant Director
William M. Connor Assistant Director

Walter Scott Stunt Coordinator

Costume & Make-Up
Molly Maginnis Costume Design

Michael Besman Thanks

Mark Andrus Screenplay
Mark Andrus Story

Bill Brzeski Production Design

Julie Ansell Thanks

Karen E. Etcoff Casting
Barbara Harris Casting

Bruce Fowler Orchestrator

Gena Bleier Assistant Editor

Chester E. Tripp III Stunts

Susan Perlman Other
Hans Berggren Other

Philip Toolin Art Direction

Mark Wade Property Master

Ralph Nelson Still Photographer

Ken Fritz Stunts Coordinator
Pablo Ferro Title Graphics

Costume & Make-Up
Linda Arnold Hairstylist

Ray Quiroz Script Supervisor

Costume & Make-Up
Carrie Angland Makeup Artist

Greg Addison Lighting Technician

Dennis Drummond Supervising Sound Editor

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