MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 13,058 this week

The Best of Times (1986)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sport  -  31 January 1986 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 4,526 users  
Reviews: 35 user | 11 critic

A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb + 1 more

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 14 Oct 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Best of Times (1986)

The Best of Times (1986) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Best of Times.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dead Again (1991)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mystery woman who he calls Grace. She is suffering from amnesia and has ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia
Being Human (1994)
Comedy | Fantasy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Robin Williams, John Turturro, Kelly Hunter
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A famous talk show host moves to a small town in Ohio with the intention of giving a new start to his current erratic career. While the town's residents are only concerned in taking ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Shearer
Stars: Martin Mull, Mary Kay Place, Fred Willard
Fathers' Day (1997)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kassovitz
Stars: Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Éva Igó
Nine Months (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When he finds out his longtime girlfriend is pregnant, a commitment-phobe realizes he might have to change his lifestyle for better or much, much worse.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.

Director: Patrick Stettner
Stars: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Rory Culkin
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even ... See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Bruce Baum
The Big White (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

Director: Mark Mylod
Stars: Robin Williams, Giovanni Ribisi, Holly Hunter
House of D (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

Director: David Duchovny
Stars: David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Elly Dundee
...
The Colonel
...
Darla
...
Charlie
...
Eddie
...
Schutte
...
Mac
...
Arturo
...
Rosie
...
Chico
...
Teddy
...
Jaki
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy about life, hope, and getting even. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Reumático  »

Box Office

Gross:

$7,790,931 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "Haven't you ever done something in your life you wish you could do over again... and this time do it right! After fourteen years, Jack finally has a chance to replay the worst moment of his life. But first, he has to convince Reno that history won't repeat itself". See more »

Goofs

At the football game at the end of the movie, it starts to rain for a while and then it stops. Gigi is shown on the bleachers with wet hair and then a second later her hair dry and fluffy. See more »

Quotes

Jack Dundee: Mr. Weasel's here.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

(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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Best of Movies
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.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Robin Williams - RIP and Thank You. fifthquartile
Best Quotes wooley51
Stupidest Movie Ever awhfreakout
I go to taft high mclostpage
Chronology Made No Sense colparker
The main theme (the doorbell etc) gescha2002
Discuss The Best of Times (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?