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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Dundee
... Reno Hightower
... Gigi Hightower
... Elly Dundee
... The Colonel
... Darla
... Charlie
... Eddie
... Schutte
... Mac
... Arturo
... Rosie
... Chico
... Teddy
... 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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man - Der Beste aller Zeiten  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The date of the football game, November 15, 1972, was actually a Wednesday. Most Varsity High School football games are played on Fridays or Saturday (if the field did not have lights). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, which shows Reno throwing the pass to Jack, when Jack says,"His knee is smashed, his career is over", it shows Reno on the ground in pain holding his right knee. But before they replay the game, in the locker room, it shows Reno injecting his left knee. 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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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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17 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I remember one day I was sitting around the house, bored. I saw that a movie was coming on and that it had Kurt Russell and Robin Williams, so I thought I ought to check it out. It was one of those great moments where I was unexpectedly greeted with a really fun, charming movie.

Both Russell and Williams give funny performances, but their characters also feel pretty real. The girls are also quite believable and fun to watch. The football scenes are funny, but when it's not making you laugh, it seems genuine. I also felt drawn into this little town called "Taft". Here's this little town that seems quite small with not a lot to do, yet I found something enthralling about it. No doubt the characterizations are a big plus for the film. I highly recommend this movie, whether you like football or not because the cast and director really make it work.


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