GenreComedy, Drama, Sport Music directorArthur B. Rubinstein WriterRon Shelton LanguageEnglish
Release dateJanuary 31, 1986 (1986-01-31) (USA) CastRobin Williams (Jack Dundee), Kurt Russell (Reno Hightower), Pamela Reed (Gigi Hightower), Holly Palance (Elly Dundee), Donald Moffat (The Colonel), Margaret Whitton (Darla) Similar moviesPulp Fiction, Rocky, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Foxcatcher, Rocky III
TaglineA comedy about life, hope, and getting even.
The best of times 1986
The Best of Times is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and written by Ron Shelton. It stars Robin Williams and Kurt Russell as two friends attempting to relive a high school football game.
Jack Dundee (Williams) is a banker obsessed with what he considers the most shameful moment in his life: dropping a perfectly thrown pass in the final seconds of the 1972 high school football game between Taft and their arch rivals, Bakersfield, which ended in a scoreless tie.
Since that game, Jack has found it impossible to forget this event. He works for his father-in-law, The Colonel, Bakersfield's biggest supporter, who reminds him of the event almost daily.
Thirteen years later, Jack coerces Reno (Russell), quarterback of the fateful game, and now a financially struggling garage owner in debt to Jack's bank, into helping him replay the game. He convinces supporters in both towns to re-stage the game and in the process revitalizes Taft, as well as his and Reno's marriages.
Robin Williams as Jack Dundee
Kurt Russell as Reno Hightower
Pamela Reed as Gigi Hightower
Holly Palance as Elly Dundee
Donald Moffat as The Colonel
Margaret Whitton as Darla
M. Emmet Walsh as Charlie
Donovan Scott as Eddie
R. G. Armstrong as Schutte
Dub Taylor as Mac
Carl Ballantine as Arturo
Kathleen Freeman as Rosie
Tony Plana as Chico
Kirk Cameron as Teddy
Robyn Lively as Jacki
Jeff Doucette as Olin
Anne Haney as Marcy
Linda Hart as Blender #1
Tracey Gold as Jaki's friend (uncredited)
Wayne Adderson as Bakersfield coach.
Much of the film was shot in and around the actual Taft Union High School. The football scenes took place at Pierce Junior College in the San Fernando Valley. The night game was filmed at Moorpark Memorial High School, in Moorpark, CA.
The film received mixed reviews, with a 33% 'rotten' rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. Pauline Kael called the film "a small town comedy where the whole population is caught up in some glorious foolishness."