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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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Did You Know?

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

The last pass Reno throws to Jack is shown in the air a couple of times and is very wobbly. Just before it falls into Jack's hands, it's a perfect spiral. See more »

Quotes

Jack Dundee: I will not even dignify that with a reply. I've never paid for it in my life.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Land Of Hope and Glory
(Pomp And Circumstance No. 1)
Music by Sir Edward Elgar
Words by A.C. Benson
Used by arrangement with Boosey & Company Ltd. and Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
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This is more about relationships & identity than football.
15 July 2001 | by gmmaxSee all my reviews

Jack & Reno have become very mediocre married men, but they have one claim to fame: they were heroes in high school when they played football. The only problem is they lost "that game," the one most important game of the season; then they went on to live their lives, marry the high school sweethearts, and never got a chance to redeem themselves. This has become an obsession, to the point where they can't do anything but think about football. They watch every game that's on.

The problem is, their wives are sick to death of hearing about it- so sick of hearing about football, they are talking about divorce. Still- this obsession is almost as important to them as their marriages.

There is an hilarious scene in which they have finally talked their wives into giving them one more chance, and the four of them are having dinner together. Unfortunately, the wives have picked the worst night of the week to ask them over for dinner: football night. As the four of them sit at the dinner table, the wives are unaware that the football game is on in the next room, and they are more absorbed in the game than in the conversation at table. Watching out of the corners of their eyes, they finally blow their own cover by hollering and screaming at an exciting football play.

Of course, they end the movie with a horribly-played game in which they redeem themselves and everybody is happy ever after. It is the study of men and how they tend to focus on their masculine pursuits to the most ridiculous extremes. And it is a study of how women deal with these "boys will be boys" types. Very real, very funny, and something many of us can surely identify with!!


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