Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends is a 1986 American drama film about two women whose friendship is tested by tragedy. The film was written, produced and directed by Allan Burns, and it stars Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Danson, and Christine Lahti.

Just Between Friends
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAllan Burns
Produced byAllan Burns
Written byAllan Burns
Music byPatrick Williams
CinematographyJordan Cronenweth
Edited byAnne Goursaud
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Release date
  • March 21, 1986 (1986-03-21)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,408,791[1]


Holly Davis is a wife and mother, happily married to Chip Davis, a seismologist. She is not aware that he is having an affair with Sandy Dunlap, a television news reporter who interviewed him after an earthquake.

Holly begins teaching aerobics part-time at the gym where she and Sandy meet. Sandy and Holly become fast friends and Holly's children like Sandy as well. Sandy is a career-minded reporter, trying to become an anchorwoman. One day at work, a news bulletin reveals the death of Chip in a car crash.

Holly is devastated by the news and so is Sandy. Helga, the gym's owner is ready to sell, so Sandy and Holly invest together. Holly learns the truth while clearing out her husband's office where she finds a photo of Sandy and her husband together. She angrily confronts Sandy who tells her that she was unaware that her new friend was the wife of the man she loved. Holly angrily ends their friendship.

Sandy begs for forgiveness but Holly is devastated, hurt and angry and refuses to forgive Sandy. Holly swears she will buy Sandy out of her share of the gym as soon as she is able and refuses to resume the close friendship they once shared.

Sandy discovers that she is pregnant and she tells Holly, who is horrified by the news. Over time, Holly realizes that Sandy's child will also be her husband's child so she decides that she should try to forgive Sandy so that she can be a part of the child's life. Sandy rejects her at first but once the child is born, the film ends as they begin to repair their friendship.



Just Between Friends received negative to mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 6 reviews.[2]


Just Between Friends was released on DVD by MGM Home Video on January 13, 2004 as a Region 1 DVD.


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