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

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Reumático  »

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$7,790,931 (USA)
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Trivia

Appearing in a major supporting role as a one of the spouses was Holly Palance who was in real-life also the spouse of the film's director Roger Spottiswoode. See more »

Goofs

The mascot throws a bucket of paint over Gigi's green dress in the nightclub, a uniform amount about a foot above & below her waist. When she is shown minutes later, the pattern of paint on her dress is completely different. See more »

Quotes

Jack Dundee: Elly, I have a new move for you.
Elly Dundee: Oh? Show me.
Jack Dundee: It's part Smokey Robinson, Part Gladys Knight, but it's all me.
[Spins while undressing]
Jack Dundee: Jack....Aquarius...gotta gotta gotta gotta, satisfy.
Elly Dundee: Sort of a white 'Pip', I love it.
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Land Of Hope and Glory
(Pomp And Circumstance No. 1)
Music by Sir Edward Elgar
Words by Arthur C. Benson
Used by arrangement with Boosey & Company Ltd. and Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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" I'm not a has-been, . . . . . I'm a never was. "
31 July 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Have you ever in your life, gone out for a sport's activity, tried your best, and then found yourself in an important segment of it, where for a brief moment, you were given a chance to be a hero and a champion and . . . failed? I believe many of us have had that moment in our lives. This is the premise of the movie, "The Best of Times." In this story a middle age banker, named Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) suffers from the deep melancholy of a football mistake, which happened years ago, is inspired to re-play the game . . again. In order to accomplish this he must convince the once great football quarterback, Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell) to make a comeback. For Reno, who is satisfied with his present lot in life, see's no need to change the past record, which get's better as he ages. Added to both their problem is the fact years have passed and in addition, both their marriages are floundering and in need of re-vamping. Not easy when his Father-in-law (Donald Moffat) habitually reminds him of the biggest drop. Nevertheless, Dundee is persistent and will do anything to try and correct the greatest blunder of his life. Great fun for anyone wishing to enjoy their youth again. ***


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