Best Of Times 1986 PG-13 CC

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Small-town banker Jack Dundee (Robin Williams) has never been able to live down the fact that he dropped an important pass during a crucial high-school football game. Likewise tainted for life is the team's star quarterback Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell), now a garage owner. Fed up with living his life under a cloud, Jack hits upon a brilliant idea: he will stage a rematch-13 years after the fact--with the members of the rival team.

Starring:
Robin Williams, Kurt Russell
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

Best Of Times

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Genres Sports, Drama, Comedy
Director Roger Spottiswoode
Starring Robin Williams, Kurt Russell
Supporting actors Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat, Margaret Whitton, M. Emmet Walsh, Donovan Scott, R.G. Armstrong, Dub Taylor, Carl Ballantine, Kathleen Freeman, Tony Plana, Kirk Cameron, Robyn Lively, Eloy Casados, Jeff Doucette, Anne Haney, Bill Overton, Peter Van Norden
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Robin Williams and Kurt Russell at their funniest!!
Christopher Olar
If you believe in life's second chances, and believe that they can and do happen, then you will love this film.
Robert M. Khoury
Best of Times is a overlooked classic from the 80"s!
Bela

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By gymkata on July 27, 2001
Format: DVD
I guess I first caught this movie on Cinemax or some other cable channel back in '87 or '88(?) while still in High School. I've watched it at least once a year (around September usually) ever since. A "Sleeper" I suppose, but a sleeper at it's finest. In my opinion one of Williams' best, up there with "World according to Garp" and "Moscow on the Hudson". Kurt is perfectly cast as a former high school GOD turned beerbellied, blown out kneed "Van Specialist" desperately trying not to bathe in past glory. It has that "quirky and delightful" feel, not unlike Bill Forsyth's films like "Local Hero" and "Gregory's Girl". Now that I think of it, "Mystery Alaska" wouldn't be a bad comparison either. It goes way beyond simply a football/sports movie (my Wife likes it too but probably just because of Kurt Russell) but hey, I love football anyway so it it works for me on multiple levels. Of course, the idea of going back and correcting one's biggest screw up/regret would appeal to anyone. I always feel good after I watch this one, it hasn't let me down yet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ju-Ju Bee on January 25, 2004
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie when it was out on VHS. Yes, it is that old of a movie. From the start, I thought this movie was a classic. Jack Dundee (played by Robin Williams) is living in a state of agony because of a dropped pass in a highschool football game. Reno Hightower (played by Kurt Russel) was the quaterback, the only good quaterback the town ever had, who threw him that pass. The town in the movie is a typical small town where highschool football is big. Unfortunately for Robin Williams, that was the one chance the town had for a championship season. Robin Williams gets the idea to replay the game with the same players on both sides. Without giving away the plot, this is one movie that is worth getting. It will keep you amused and rooting for Williams throughout the whole movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Nice mild but funny film, with Robin Williams not acting in his usual annoying hyperactive manner, but giving a rare subdued performance. Kurt Russel is great as always, as are the rest of the cast. The Script is well written, and the direction good. Kind of like an old Disney film, in the best sense of that term.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bela on June 25, 2007
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Best of Times is a overlooked classic from the 80"s!
Kurt Russell is great as the old hero football star
who winds up in a car repair shop and Robin Williams
in his best role ever as the pathetic bank manager
who's life is out of control and both team up to
relive their youth by starting up a football game
with the stronger rival team that whipped them years
ago. Of course they win the game and all ends well but
it's worth watching this classic comedy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Arrington on October 13, 2008
Format: DVD
Though not widely known nowadays,this film has become a fall tradition in households around the country.Best of Times is the hilarious tale of one mans quest to correct a highschool football failure that plunges his small town into "lethergy" and haunts him well into adulthood.Robin Williams and Kurt Russel unite to lead the old team to victory and redeem their towns dignity and pride in this football classic that's packed with tons of heart and soul.This is one of those rare comedies that delivers in every department,so suit up and join the tradition by enjoying one of the most treasured and heartwarming comedies that has brought families together since the real best of times. "In conclusion I'd just like to say...Bakersfield must be destroyed!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Malone on January 23, 2008
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I give this one 3 and 1/2 to 4 stars, and it is really cute, not as funny as one might think, but it is cute and if you love football or used to be an old player, and have ever had dreams about playing again or what if??? then this movie will give you a laugh!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This movie hits at the core of small town America. The men and women have well defined roles that each is willing to play out. The men are the warriors and the women are the support system needed to keep things together, no matter what the age of the warrior or the maiden.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Fawcett on June 15, 2009
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"Best of Times" is really less about football, and more about the theme of redemption. Robin Williams plays a manic bank manager traumatized by a dropped pass 13 years previous. He is haunted by this failure, and is made to feel defined by it through himself, his father-in-law, and even the small-town populace who still remark on the 13 year-old loss. After having one of his panic attacks related to "the Game" (as he terms it), a helpful prostitute (yes, that's right) suggested he replay the game. An epiphany, Williams' character, Jack Dundee, sets about a quest; but not to merely replay the game. Rather, his goal is purely to redeem himself as a failure. Unfortunately for Dundee, the high school quarterback phenomenon from that team, Reno Hightower (Russell) is less enthusiastic about replaying the game. Unlike Jack, Reno absolves his dead-end "van specialist" job with the ever-escalating stories about his greatness: "Hell, I'm afraid to throw a beer can in a trash can, because someone will say "hey, Reno, losin' your touch?'" As much as Jack is haunted by this past, Reno subsists on it. In both cases, of course, neither is being served by it. For entirely opposite reasons, both characters must somehow get the game behind them before they can move on. Fortunately, the film subtly exposes the fact that it is only Dundee who is openly aware of it. Jack eventually blackmails Reno into throwing in his support, and convinces both towns to replay the 13 year old game. But, it isn't only Reno who doesn't want the game replayed.Read more ›
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