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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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. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Appearing in a major supporting role as one of the spouses was Holly Palance, who was in real life the wife of Roger Spottiswoode. See more »

Goofs

You do not have to score before the clock reads 0:00. The last play can end after zeros are on the clock. Hollywood likes to do stuff like this to add suspense. 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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Connections

Referenced in Collision Course (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Sure The Boy I Love
Words and Music by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Performed by Gigi and The Blenders
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Classic 80's film, an homage to anyone who wishes they could still get out there and play
21 December 2000 | by greeksuxSee all my reviews

Kurt Russell is at his best as the man who lives off his past glories, Reno Hightower. Robin Williams is his polar opposite in a rare low key performance as Jack Dundee. He dropped the Big Pass in more ways than one.

You'll see some of the most quotable scenes ever put into one film, as Jack hisses at a rat, Reno poses, and the call of the caribou goes out.

Don't miss this classic that isn't scared to show football in the mud the way it should be played (note to the NFL).


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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