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 comedy about life, hope, and getting even. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Reumático  »

Box Office


$7,790,931 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the teams that faced-off in the football match were the Bakersfield Tigers and the Taft High Rockets. 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 »


Jack Dundee: Elly, I have a new move for you.
Elly Dundee: Oh? Show me.
Jack Dundee: It's part Smokey Robinson, Part Gladys Knight, but it's all me.
[Spins while undressing]
Jack Dundee: Jack....Aquarius...gotta gotta gotta gotta, satisfy.
Elly Dundee: Sort of a white 'Pip', I love it.
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Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »


The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Words and Music by Ewan MacColl
Stormking Music, Inc.
Performed by Roberta Flack
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The Big Game
18 April 2002 | by (Manhattan KS) – See all my reviews

The big game defines the modern male in pre-pc America. Your born, you learn a few things, you play in the big game, and you die. Kurt and Robin struggle with the cycle of life in this movie and committ the un-natural act of playing the game over. Not the classic struggle of good versus evil but the classic struggle simply for the sake of strugle. Where is Kid Lester today, on "Pop up Video?"

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