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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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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

During The Final game, after the rain has began and then stopped falling, Hightower's jersey is covered in mud while on the field, but on the sidelines it is white. See more »

Quotes

Reno Hightower: I was never great. I was pretty good. I was great for around here. Every year I got better. The people remember me in my prime. The kids always ask me about the 6 touchdown passes against Porterville. Hell, I only threw 3 touchdowns.
Jack Dundee: It was 7.
Reno Hightower: I'm not going to argue. I like the idea of 7 better. In a couple more years it'll be 8. I get better with age. My knees are killing me. I'm slow.
Jack Dundee: That's why you didn't want to play the game.
Reno Hightower: No. I just... I didn't want to destroy the only thing I've got ...
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Connections

References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Words and Music by Ewan MacColl
Stormking Music, Inc.
Performed by Roberta Flack
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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