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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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Trivia

Taft High School's actual mascot is the Wildcats (not the Rockets, as in the film). Bakersfield High School's real mascot is the Drillers. 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

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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References Ghostbusters (1984) 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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4 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Best of Times is one of the great sleepers of all time. The setup does not tax your patience, the development is steady, the many intertwined relationships are lovingly established, the gags and bits all work and all are funny. There is lots of sentimentality. Kurt Russell playing Reno Hightower puts in one of his best performances, and Robin Williams playing Jack Dundee is sure-footed as ever. The cast also includes many great supporters. Jack's wife is played by Jack Palance's daughter, who is lovely, as is Reno's wife, who is a great comedian. I can't tell you how many times I've watched this movie, how many times I have enjoyed it and how often I wish that more people could see it.


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