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  »

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$7,790,931 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Appearing in a major supporting role as a one of the spouses was Holly Palance who was in real-life also the spouse of the film's director Roger Spottiswoode. See more »


When Jack is talking to Darla about the game, the stuffed animal on the pillows moves around from take to take. See more »


Jack Dundee: I will not even dignify that with a reply. I've never paid for it in my life.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) 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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This is more about relationships & identity than football.
15 July 2001 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Jack & Reno have become very mediocre married men, but they have one claim to fame: they were heroes in high school when they played football. The only problem is they lost "that game," the one most important game of the season; then they went on to live their lives, marry the high school sweethearts, and never got a chance to redeem themselves. This has become an obsession, to the point where they can't do anything but think about football. They watch every game that's on.

The problem is, their wives are sick to death of hearing about it- so sick of hearing about football, they are talking about divorce. Still- this obsession is almost as important to them as their marriages.

There is an hilarious scene in which they have finally talked their wives into giving them one more chance, and the four of them are having dinner together. Unfortunately, the wives have picked the worst night of the week to ask them over for dinner: football night. As the four of them sit at the dinner table, the wives are unaware that the football game is on in the next room, and they are more absorbed in the game than in the conversation at table. Watching out of the corners of their eyes, they finally blow their own cover by hollering and screaming at an exciting football play.

Of course, they end the movie with a horribly-played game in which they redeem themselves and everybody is happy ever after. It is the study of men and how they tend to focus on their masculine pursuits to the most ridiculous extremes. And it is a study of how women deal with these "boys will be boys" types. Very real, very funny, and something many of us can surely identify with!!

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