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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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Eddie
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Schutte
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Arturo
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Chico
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Jaki
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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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A film with a catch (or two). See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Brigada do Reumático  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 the wife of Roger Spottiswoode. See more »

Goofs

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

Charlie: All those that think Jack's proposition is sprinkled with horseshit, signify by saying "aye."
All Caribou: Aye!
Charlie: Opposed?
Reno Hightower: No.
Charlie: The ayes are above the nos.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Remember Then
Words and Music by Stan Vincent, Anthony Powers (uncredited) and Beverly Ross (uncredited)
Maureen Music, Inc.
Performed by The Earls
Courtesy of Old Town Record Corp.
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It really can't be said this movie was the best of times for the makers.
26 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This film looks like it did nothing at the box office and with only 28 reviews at the time of this writing one can say it was not the most memorable of films. However, despite the fact it was not a success at the box office it had its moments. It was not all good, but not all bad. The film stars Robin Williams, a man who in high school dropped the winning touchdown against his school's biggest rival and ever since that time the town has gotten stale and so has his life. So too, has the life of the star quarterback played by Kurt Russell. So to try and put things right in a way, Williams character tries to get a football game together between the schools again using the same players that played that fateful game so many years ago. It is humorous in some parts, but one of those films that gets slow too, it also has Robin Williams and he can be a bit over the top a lot of the times. Here he is actually kind of reserved, for him anyway. His character has a nifty way to get everyone on board with his idea as at first people are a bit hesitant about doing it. However, the film plays out in rather predictable fashion as one just knows how this one is going to end.


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