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General Information

Poster for The Best of Times
  • Directed by

    Roger Spottiswoode

  • Screenplay by

    Ron Shelton

  • Music Composed by

    Arthur B. Rubinstein

  • Theatrical Release Date

    January 31, 1986

  • DVD Release Date

    February 2, 1999

  • Production Companies

    Cinema Group Ventures, Kings Road Entertainment, Universal Pictures

  • Distribution Company

    Universal Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Jack Dundee

  • Kurt Russell

    Reno Hightower

  • Pamela Reed

    Gigi Hightower

  • Holly Palance

    Elly Dundee

  • Donald Moffat

    The Colonel


In 1972, hoping for a shot at glory, underdog Taft High challenged its meanest rival, Bakersfield, to the annual football game. But when Jack "Butterfingers" Dundee dropped the ball instead of making the big play, Taft was defeated and star Reno Hightower has never let him live it down. Now, 13 years later, Dundee wants the chance to redeem himself, no matter what it takes! His only solution is to play Bakersfield again... with the same team. But for the Taft team, getting into shape could not be tougher... and Bakersfield is loaded!



  • Reno

    Okay Jack, you tell the Caribou whatever you want, but I'm gonna tell you something. You're a low-life, blackmailing, chicken-shit squid.

  • Jack

    Low-life, blackmailing, chicken-shit squid? Welcome aboard, Reno.

  • Reno

    She's gonna leave me as soon as I fix her car.

  • Jack

    You're gonna fix it?

  • Reno

    Hell no! I love her.

  • Jack

    Elly, I have a new move for you.

  • Elly

    Oh? Show me.

  • Jack

    It's part Smokey Robinson, part Gladys Knight, but it's all me. Jack... Aquarius... gotta gotta gotta gotta, satisfy.

  • Elly

    Sort of a white 'Pip', I love it.

  • Jack

    Mr. Weasel's here!

  • Jack

    You better watch it, Dr. Death! I'm pretty damn fast fora Caucasian.

  • Jack

    Come and get me sucka!


A film with a catch (or two).

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.

A comedy about life, hope, and getting even.


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Filming Info

  • Locations

    Taft, CA
    Moorpark, CA (Moorpark High School)

International Release Dates

  • West Germany

    April 30, 1987

  • Sweden

    July 25, 1995 (TV premiere)

International Titles

  • Brazil

    A Última Chance

  • Portugal

    A Brigada do Reumático

  • Finland

    Kasan alimmainen

  • France

    La dernière passe (video title)

  • Spain

    Los Buenos tiempos

  • Poland

    Najlepsze czasy

  • Croatia

    Najljepsa vremena

  • West Germany

    Rocket Man - Der Beste aller Zeiten

  • Italy

    Tempi migliori

  • Finland

    Viimeinen ottelu

Box Office

  • Gross

    $7,790,931 (USA)
    $26,383 (international)
    $7,817,314 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $2,419,800 (872 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    872 theaters

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