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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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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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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

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A Brigada do Reumático  »

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$7,790,931 (USA)
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The date of the football game, November 15, 1972, was actually a Wednesday. Most Varsity High School football games are played on Fridays or Saturday (if the field did not have lights). 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

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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(They Long To Be) Close To You
Lyrics by Hal David-Music by Burt Bacharach
Jac Music Co., Inc./Blue Seas Music, Inc./U.S. Songs, Inc.
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17 January 2002 | by (Miami, Fl.) – See all my reviews

I remember one day I was sitting around the house, bored. I saw that a movie was coming on and that it had Kurt Russell and Robin Williams, so I thought I ought to check it out. It was one of those great moments where I was unexpectedly greeted with a really fun, charming movie.

Both Russell and Williams give funny performances, but their characters also feel pretty real. The girls are also quite believable and fun to watch. The football scenes are funny, but when it's not making you laugh, it seems genuine. I also felt drawn into this little town called "Taft". Here's this little town that seems quite small with not a lot to do, yet I found something enthralling about it. No doubt the characterizations are a big plus for the film. I highly recommend this movie, whether you like football or not because the cast and director really make it work.


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