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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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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

Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) discusses Dr Death with the opposing team defender. In the movie OVERBOARD, Kurt Russell's kids love Dr Death. See more »

Goofs

When Jack and Reno arrive at the house for their dinner with Elly and Gigi, one of the boys on the stoop says that Atlanta and Minnesota, the two teams facing off on "Monday Night Football," have "lost 17 straight games between them." Later, after Jack is caught watching the game during dinner, just before throwing him out Elly admonishes him that the two teams are "0-and-17 between them!" The former makes sense if the teams are both on losing streaks, but the latter does not if it refers to their combined record on the current season. As of 1985, when the film is set, the NFL schedule did not include a bye week; both teams would have played the same number of games at any point during the season. As such their combined record cannot have added up to an odd number.

(Incidentally, Atlanta and Minnesota did play each other in 1985, albeit not on "Monday Night Football;" the Falcons beat the Vikings 14-13 on Sunday, December 15, 1985, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The Falcons entered the game with a 2-12 record, the Vikings were 7-7, giving them a combined record of 9-19. The game footage seen in the film is likely from the teams' September 16, 1984 (also a Sunday) matchup at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, which the Vikings won 27-20.) See more »

Quotes

Reno Hightower: She's gonna leave me as soon as I fix her car.
Jack Dundee: you gonna fix it?
Reno Hightower: Hell no! I love her.
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Connections

References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

(They Long To Be) Close To You
Lyrics by Hal David-Music by Burt Bacharach
Jac Music Co., Inc./Blue Seas Music, Inc./U.S. Songs, Inc.
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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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