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The majority of the time a movie will have one or two stars with some recognizable non-A-Listers to fill in the rest of the cast because of budgetary restraints or the movie is simply isn’t designed for multiple stars. However, every now we get all-star casts with heavy-hitting A-listers and some of the best actors around all packed into a single movie where we don’t even care about the premise, we simply want to watch this star-studded cast interact on the same screen. It doesn’t always work. On paper, it would appear that a movie filled with all these recognizable actors would be a sure home run but the chemistry just isn’t there. However, when it clicks, it’s glorious and will usually be considered an all-time film.
So the question I ask today is: What movie has the best cast?
Now you may look at this question differently but when I consider a movie with the best cast, I need legitimate actors that work well together. Not just A-Listers sleepwalking through a paycheck or a movie that would have worked better with lesser know actors being in the supporting roles. North (1994) and the rom-com New Year’s Eve come to mind. But for the best cast for movies that are actually good, there is a deep pool to pick from and incredibly tough. Magnolia, The Thin Red Line, Tropic Thunder, Ocean’s 11, Dick Tacy along with any Nolan, Tarantino, Scorsese film all come flooding to mind. 1983’s The Outsiders may have been one of the greatest about to dominate an era cast with all the young talent packed in that movie that would seemingly be in the most popular movies of that decade.
However, I have to go with Michael Mann’s Heat. Talk about an all-star cast. You have two of the biggest actors of all time going head to head in Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Add in other actors who were either at the top of their game or ready to break out like Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, William Fichtner, Mykelti Williamson, and Dennis Haysbert. Seasoned actors such as Jon Voight, Ted Levine, and Tom Noonan. Then just pile on actors any cinephile from the 90s would know in Kevin Gage, Jeremy Piven, Henry Rollins, Danny Trejo, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Hank Azaria, Tone Loc, and the list keeps going. I don’t know if there was a better cast with everyone firing on all cylinders but I’m open to suggestions.
So what about you, folks? What movie has the best cast?
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