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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Times See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,419,800, 2 February 1986

Gross USA:

$7,790,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,817,314
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nickname of the character played by Donald Moffat was "The Colonel". See more »

Goofs

When Jack is talking to Darla about the game, the stuffed animal on the pillows moves around from take to take. See more »

Quotes

Jack Dundee: Mr. Weasel's here.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
Words and Music by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Performed by Gigi and The Blenders
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Maybe not the best of films, but worth checking out.
5 October 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I guess that everyone has to make a comeback at some point. And that's exactly what embarrassed Taft resident Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) intends to do in "The Best of Times". Yep, the man who went all crazy with the radio in "Good Morning, Vietnam" is playing football. In this case, he seeks to replay a game that cost his high school a prestigious title. But ex-teammate Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell) isn't just going to go along with it so easily.

Granted, it's not the best movie for either man. But Williams and Russell are actually a pretty good comedy team. And some of the names in this movie are likely to give you the giggles (to say the least). Check it out.


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