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The Best of Times (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  31 January 1986 (USA)
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A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gigi Hightower
Elly Dundee
The Colonel


Jack Dundee is a meek banker living in Taft, California. He constantly thinks about the 1972 high school football game between Taft and powerhouse Bakersfield. Dundee fumbled a perfect pass from quarterback and friend Reno Hightower, and the game ended in a tie. He wants to replay the game, but has trouble convincing Reno and the town to replay the game. So Jack resorts to desperate measures to make the game reality. Written by Pat McCurry

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A film with a catch (or two). See more »


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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Reumático  »

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$7,790,931 (USA)

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American football sequences scenes were shot at Junior College in the San Fernando Valley, California. See more »


A few times during the movie when Reno yells at Jack, you can see Kurt Russell is saying "fuck" but his word is over-dubbed to the common fall-back words like "freak", "friggin", and "fool". Any use of the word "fuck" more than once would turn the film into an R-rated picture. See more »


Charlie: All those that think Jack's proposition is sprinkled with horseshit, signify by saying "aye."
All Caribou: Aye!
Charlie: Opposed?
Reno Hightower: No.
Charlie: The ayes are above the nos.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »


Land Of Hope and Glory
(Pomp And Circumstance No. 1)
Music by Sir Edward Elgar
Words by Arthur C. Benson
Used by arrangement with Boosey & Company Ltd. and Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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Hilarious movie that deserves another look
9 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Why did this movie fail commercially? It's got a sharp script (by Ron Shelton) and great performances by Kurt Russell and, especially, Robin Williams, in a brilliant manic nerd turn that's different from any of his other work. A great renter.

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