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The Best of Times (1986)

Robin Williams , Kurt Russell , Roger Spottiswoode  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Writers: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: Fredda Weiss, Gordon Carroll
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305262128
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Times" on IMDb

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This shaggy-dog fable barely drew fleas when it arrived in the winter of 1986. Now critics refer to it as a winning, offbeat classic. What took 'em so long? Probably the fact that director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) and screenwriter Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) were chasing something very elusive: a cockeyed, scatological look at delayed glory. Robin Williams plays Jack Dundee, a meek bank VP in Taft, California, who daily relives the humiliation of a bobbled pass in the game against Bakersfield. Not content to live out his days as "Butterfingers" Dundee, Jack hits on a plan to "rewrite history" by restaging the Big Game. Taft's now-over-the-hill quarterback, Reno Hightower (Kurt Russell), reluctantly goes along with the harebrained scheme to redeem his buddy. The guys' wives (Holly Palance and Pamela Reed) shake their heads and play along. At once zany, sweet, and nostalgic, this small-town chronicle strives for, and achieves, folk-legend status. "Casey at the Bat" in shoulder pads, anyone? --Glenn Lovell

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Robin Williams, Kurt Russell. Thirteen years after his dropped pass cost his high school football team a crucial game, a man decides to gather the members of both teams and go at it one more time. 1986/color/104 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Fall, this is a must see for me since 1987 July 27, 2001
By gymkata
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A underated classic January 25, 2004
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute January 26, 2003
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars best of times is good times! June 25, 2007
By Bela
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
5.0 out of 5 stars BAKERSFIELD MUST BE DESTROYED! October 13, 2008
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday night in Any Town USA March 5, 1999
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Times January 17, 2007
It's a fun filled comedy about highschool football in a small town. Robin Williams and Kurt Russell are great as they replay the game that shaped their lives
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite football movie!
This was the first football movie that I ever saw as a child. I have hated football my entire life. Now in my early 30's, this is still my all time favorite football movie. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by tellitlikeitis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Andy Sorkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Admittedly biased review because I love Ron Shelton
Admittedly biased review because I love Ron Shelton, (the late great) Robin Williams and Kurt Russell. I also love feel good sports movies. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Karen Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie of the 80's
Published 9 days ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Robin Williams' best movie, at least in my book
This is Robin Williams' best movie, at least in my book. It's also my favorite football movie. "I bet they're drawing up plays in the dirt." Yeah I remember doing that. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Stephen H. Orel
5.0 out of 5 stars REST IN PEACE ROBIN WILLIAMS😞😞
Published 11 days ago by andy g
5.0 out of 5 stars I TOTALLY LOVE THIS MOVIE
Published 18 days ago by JUSTIN DICKENS
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
predictable, not entertaining
Published 1 month ago by D. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great 80's movie
Published 1 month ago by stacey m sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s movie
Predictable, yet fun and entertaining. Many of us can relate to the idea of looking back at a high school sports event or season and wondering what if things had gone differently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rich C
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