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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A film with a catch (or two). See more »


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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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The name of the teams that faced-off in the football match were the Bakersfield Tigers and the Taft High Rockets. See more »


A few times during the movie when Reno yells at Jack, you can see Kurt Russell is saying "fuck" but his word is over-dubbed to the common fall-back words like "freak", "friggin", and "fool". Any use of the word "fuck" more than once would turn the film into an R-rated picture. See more »


Luther Jackson: Uh, two minutes left to kick-off. Time for my last smoke.
Reno Hightower: You lazy jive-ass! You're soft, you're slow and your hands are for shit!
Luther Jackson: Hey, who woke you up?
Reno Hightower: Get on the field and shut up, Luther!
Luther Jackson: Reno, you're a prick, and you always were a prick.
Reno Hightower: Great, great. Now get your ass on the field. NOW!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »


Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
Words and Music by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Performed by Gigi and The Blenders
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My favorite football flick
25 October 1999 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

Robin Williams and Kurt Russell play guys in their 30's who put their marraiges in jeopardy by deciding (Russell somewhat reluctantly) to replay their heartbreaking tie with rival Bakersfield years after the fact. Williams is ok, but Russell is flat-out great as legendary Taft quarterback Remo Hightower. Holly Palance does a nice and attractive turn as Williams' wife, who could live without this rematch. Film is worth watching just to see the famed Remo in action. Highly recommended.

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