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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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?


Kurt Russell's son in this film is played by Kirk Cameron. Russell played Dexter Riley in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969); Cameron played the same role in the remake, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995). See more »


The last pass Reno throws to Jack is shown in the air a couple of times and is very wobbly. Just before it falls into Jack's hands, it's a perfect spiral. See more »


Reno Hightower: Okay Jack, you tell the Caribou whatever you want, but I'm gonna tell you something. You're a low-life, black mailing, chicken-shit squid.
Jack Dundee: Low-life, black mailing, chicken-shit squid? Welcome aboard Reno.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) See more »


He's Sure The Boy I Love
Words and Music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Performed by Gigi and The Blenders
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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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