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The Best of Times (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 31 January 1986 (USA)
A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

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Gigi Hightower
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Elly Dundee
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The Colonel
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Darla
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Charlie
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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 drops 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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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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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

Kirk Cameron plays Teddy Hightower, Reno and Gigi's son. Tracey Gold plays an unnamed friend of Jack and Holly's daughter Jaki Dundee. By the time this movie was released, Cameron and Gold were playing brother and sister in the television sitcom Growing Pains (1985). See more »

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When Jack and Reno arrive at the house for their dinner with Elly and Gigi, one of the boys on the stoop says that Atlanta and Minnesota, the two teams facing off on "Monday Night Football," have "lost 17 straight games between them." Later, after Jack is caught watching the game during dinner, just before throwing him out Elly admonishes him that the two teams are "0-and-17 between them!" As of 1985, when the film is set, the NFL schedule did not include a bye week; both teams would have played the same number of games at any point during the season. As such their combined record cannot have added up to an odd number.

(Incidentally, Atlanta and Minnesota did play each other in 1985, albeit not on "Monday Night Football;" the Falcons beat the Vikings 14-13 on Sunday, December 15, 1985, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Falcons entered the game with a 2-12 record, the Vikings were 7-7, giving them a combined record of 9-19. The game footage seen in the film is likely from the teams' September 16, 1984 (also a Sunday) matchup at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, which the Vikings won 27-20.) See more »

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Jack Dundee: Mr. Weasel's here.
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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.
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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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