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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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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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A film with a catch (or two). 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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,419,800 (USA) (2 February 1986)

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$7,790,931 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The nickname of the character played by Donald Moffat was "The Colonel". 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 »

Quotes

Jack Dundee: Mr. Weasel's here.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Sure The Boy I Love
Words and Music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Performed by Gigi and The Blenders
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Classic 80's film, an homage to anyone who wishes they could still get out there and play
21 December 2000 | by (Mississippi, USA) – See all my reviews

Kurt Russell is at his best as the man who lives off his past glories, Reno Hightower. Robin Williams is his polar opposite in a rare low key performance as Jack Dundee. He dropped the Big Pass in more ways than one.

You'll see some of the most quotable scenes ever put into one film, as Jack hisses at a rat, Reno poses, and the call of the caribou goes out.

Don't miss this classic that isn't scared to show football in the mud the way it should be played (note to the NFL).


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