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The Best of Times (1986)

 -  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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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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$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 »

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Reno Hightower: She's gonna leave me as soon as I fix her car.
Jack Dundee: you gonna fix it?
Reno Hightower: Hell no! I love her.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) 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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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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