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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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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

Robin Williams and Kurt Russell both played high school football before becoming actors. The two also performed all of their own stunts during the scenes of them playing football without any body doubles. See more »

Goofs

A few times during the movie when Reno yells at Jack, you can see Kurt Russell is saying "fuck" but his word is over-dubbed to the common fall-back words like "freak", "friggin", and "fool". Any use of the word "fuck" more than once would turn the film into an R-rated picture. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) 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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If I Could Turn Back Time
27 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If you can ever wrap your mind around the concept of Robin Williams as a high school jock I think you might enjoy The Best Of Times. What this is not is a film using the hit song from La Cage Aux Folles as a theme.

Instead Robin Williams plays a guy with a reputation of blowing a long pass from quarterback Kurt Russell in a final game with Bakersfield that blew the state championship for the best high school team that Taft, California ever produced. In fact the opening narrative makes it quite clear that Taft, California is one loser of a town throughout its history. Still living in a small town and married to Holly Palance, daughter of Donald Moffat who was a booster of the Bakersfield team has made life pretty miserable.

No more miserable than it was for Kurt Russell who blew out a knee when the entire Bakersfield line nailed him just as he got off the pass that Williams dropped thereby losing a possible pro career.

So Williams who's had 15 years of taunts decides to challenge his father-in-law to replay the game and maybe history won't repeat itself. It's going to take a lot though to motivate the rest of the team, especially Russell, but Williams has a bag of tricks.

I guess there's nothing sillier then old men trying to act young again. As Bill Holden said to Gloria Swanson, there's nothing wrong with being 50 unless you try to act like you're 25. That forms the basis for most of the comedy in The Best Of Times.

Both Williams and Russell have done better work, but this one will provide a few laughs. Still Williams as a jock does not compute.


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