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The Best of Times (1986) Poster

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Robin Williams later commented that hiring Roger Spottiswoode as a director, a Canadian that was not extremely familiar with American football, may have been a mistake.
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The big night-game of gridiron was shot at the Moorpark Memorial High School in Moorpark, California.
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NFL cornerback (and later head coach) Herman Edwards was one of the extras used in the football scenes.
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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.
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The date and time that Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) dropped the pass of the ball, and failed to make the touchdown to win the game, was 9:22 p.m. on November 15, 1972.
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Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "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".
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The football game at the high point of the film was shot at the Moorpark Memorial Union High School football field, just before the school moved to the Tierra Rejada Road location. The field was located at 280 Casey Road, on a hill overlooking the City of Moorpark. During the filming, in the wee hours of the morning, the temperature dropped to below freezing. The field was destroyed in the filming and the studio paid to have it re-seeded and re-landscaped.
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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).
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Kurt Russell's son in this film is played by Kirk Cameron. Russell played Dexter Riley in The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969); Cameron played the same role in the television remake, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995).
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Debut feature film of actress Robyn Lively.
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Though Hightower and Dundee's alma mater is casually referred to by the characters as "Taft," the logos, signage, and lettermen's jackets in the film identify it as Midway Union High School. Early in the film, Elly Dundee (Holly Palance) complains to her husband Jack (Robin Williams) that she is "sick of having a doorbell that plays the Taft Midway Union High School Alma Mater."
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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.
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Screenwriter Ron Shelton and Roger Spottiswoode previously worked together on Under Fire (1983).
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The name of the teams that faced-off in the football match were the Bakersfield Tigers and the Taft High Rockets.
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American football sequences scenes were shot at Junior College in the San Fernando Valley, California.
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First sports film written by Ron Shelton. Shelton is known for writing and directing sports movies. After this film, Shelton became a director with Bull Durham (1988).
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The nickname of the character played by Donald Moffat was "The Colonel".
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The player positions of Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) and Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell) were wide-receiver and quarterback respectively.
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The nickname of Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) was "The Man Who Dropped the Ball".
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The player numbers of Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell) and Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) were 12 and 99 respectively.
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The title of the gridiron football re-match was "The Great Replay Battle".
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The majority of the movie was filmed in the area of the real-life Taft Union High School.
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The date of the football game, November 15, 1972, was actually a Wednesday. Most Varsity High School football games are played on Fridays or Saturday (if the field did not have lights).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film's title can be interpreted as being a reference to the opening line of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities", "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times", as the film is about "the worst of times" (the loss of a football match) and "the best of times" (winning a replay rematch about a decade later).
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