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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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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Reumático  »

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$7,790,931 (USA)
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Trivia

The date and time that Jack Dundee (Robin Williams') dropped the pass of the ball and failed to make the touchdown to win the game was 9.22 pm on the 15th of November 1972. See more »

Goofs

In the final screen Jack walks up to his wife holding the football. The football disappears and re-appears as they walk off the field. See more »

Quotes

Luther Jackson: Uh, two minutes left to kick-off. Time for my last smoke.
Reno Hightower: You lazy jive-ass! You're soft, you're slow and your hands are for shit!
Luther Jackson: Hey, who woke you up?
Reno Hightower: Get on the field and shut up, Luther!
Luther Jackson: Reno, you're a prick, and you always were a prick.
Reno Hightower: Great, great. Now get your ass on the field. NOW!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
Words and Music by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Performed by Gigi and The Blenders
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Classic 80's film, an homage to anyone who wishes they could still get out there and play
21 December 2000 | by (Mississippi, USA) – See all my reviews

Kurt Russell is at his best as the man who lives off his past glories, Reno Hightower. Robin Williams is his polar opposite in a rare low key performance as Jack Dundee. He dropped the Big Pass in more ways than one.

You'll see some of the most quotable scenes ever put into one film, as Jack hisses at a rat, Reno poses, and the call of the caribou goes out.

Don't miss this classic that isn't scared to show football in the mud the way it should be played (note to the NFL).


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