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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.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Ron Shelton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Jack Dundee
Kurt Russell ... Reno Hightower
Pamela Reed ... Gigi Hightower
Holly Palance ... Elly Dundee
Donald Moffat ... The Colonel
Margaret Whitton ... Darla
M. Emmet Walsh ... Charlie
Donovan Scott ... Eddie
R.G. Armstrong ... Schutte
Dub Taylor ... Mac
Carl Ballantine ... Arturo
Kathleen Freeman ... Rosie
Tony Plana ... Chico
Kirk Cameron ... Teddy
Robyn Lively ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man - Der Beste aller Zeiten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,419,800, 2 February 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,790,931
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, which shows Reno throwing the pass to Jack, when Jack says,"His knee is smashed, his career is over", it shows Reno on the ground in pain holding his right knee. But before they replay the game, in the locker room, it shows Reno injecting his left knee. See more »

Quotes

Luther Jackson: Uh, two minutes left to kick-off. Time for my last smoke.
Reno Hightower: You lazy jive-ass! You're soft, you're slow and your hands are for shit!
Luther Jackson: Hey, who woke you up?
Reno Hightower: Get on the field and shut up, Luther!
Luther Jackson: Reno, you're a prick, and you always were a prick.
Reno Hightower: Great, great. Now get your ass on the field. NOW!
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Soundtracks

(They Long To Be) Close To You
Lyrics by Hal David-Music by Burt Bacharach
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4 February 2007 | by rdwithcoldwellSee all my reviews

The Best of Times is one of the great sleepers of all time. The setup does not tax your patience, the development is steady, the many intertwined relationships are lovingly established, the gags and bits all work and all are funny. There is lots of sentimentality. Kurt Russell playing Reno Hightower puts in one of his best performances, and Robin Williams playing Jack Dundee is sure-footed as ever. The cast also includes many great supporters. Jack's wife is played by Jack Palance's daughter, who is lovely, as is Reno's wife, who is a great comedian. I can't tell you how many times I've watched this movie, how many times I have enjoyed it and how often I wish that more people could see it.


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