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The Best of Times (1986)

 -  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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Storyline

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 »

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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The Best of Times  »

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$7,790,931 (USA)
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Though Hightower and Dundee's alma mater is universally referred to by the characters as "Taft", logos, signage and lettermen's jackets in the film identify it as (the fictional) Midway Union High School. See more »

Goofs

During the final game, when Robin Williams character is shown 1-on-1 with the defender before the play, they are on Hightower's left, but whenever they show Jack running down the field, he is coming form Kurt Russell's right off the line of scrimmage. See more »

Quotes

Jack Dundee: You better watch it, Dr. Death! I'm pretty damn fast for a Caucasian.
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References NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »

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Words and Music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
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Maybe not the best of films, but worth checking out.
5 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I guess that everyone has to make a comeback at some point. And that's exactly what embarrassed Taft resident Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) intends to do in "The Best of Times". Yep, the man who went all crazy with the radio in "Good Morning, Vietnam" is playing football. In this case, he seeks to replay a game that cost his high school a prestigious title. But ex-teammate Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell) isn't just going to go along with it so easily.

Granted, it's not the best movie for either man. But Williams and Russell are actually a pretty good comedy team. And some of the names in this movie are likely to give you the giggles (to say the least). Check it out.


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