Best of Times

The Best of Times

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Cast: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed

     
 

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Small-town banker 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 Kurt Russell, now a garage owner. Fed up with living his life under a cloud, Williams hits upon a brilliant idea: he will stage a rematch-13 years after the…  See more details below

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Small-town banker 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 Kurt Russell, now a garage owner. Fed up with living his life under a cloud, Williams hits upon a brilliant idea: he will stage a rematch-13 years after the fact--with the members of the rival team. Trouble beckons when Williams' father-in-law announces that he's rooting for the opposition. Williams is determined to win, and in pursuit of that goal he pushes his former teammates to hitherto untapped brilliance. Directed by Roger Spottiswood, The Best of Times was written by Ron Shelton, future writer/director of such delightful sports films as Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump and Tin Cup; it was Shelton, in fact, who directed most of Best of Times' climactic football game.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There is real charm and warmth in the simple romantic comedyThe Best of Times. The two lead couples Jack (Robin Williams) and Elly (Holly Palance) and Reno Kurt Russell and Gigi (the wonderful Pamela Reed) reveal an intimacy (thanks to Ron Shelton's warm, perceptive screenplay) that allows the viewer to see both sides of their respective marital disputes, even though the film spends more time with the guys. The film is about men who live in the past and must confront it in order to live with themselves and their wives in the present. One of the smarter touches in this script is that Reno, who is as beloved for his past success as Jack is tainted by his failures, suffers just as much for his inability to put the past behind him. All of that, however, is subtext for a very funny movie about high school football and how much it means to small towns. Although The Best of Times is directed by Roger Spottiswoode, and contains fine performances from its talented cast, it clearly belongs to screenwriter Ron Shelton, whose later directorial efforts (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, Tin Cup) are also about sports-obsessed adult "boys" who learn to be men.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/1999
UPC:
0031398693635
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Vidmark / Trimark

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Jack Dundee
Kurt Russell Reno Hightower
Pamela Reed Gigi Hightower
Holly Palance Elly Dundee
Donald Moffat The Colonel
Margaret Whitton Darla
M. Emmet Walsh Charlie
Donovan Scott Eddie
R.G. Armstrong Schutte
Carl Ballantine Arturo
Dog: Buck Actor
J.P. Bumstead Cop
Kirk Cameron Teddy
Eloy Casados Carlos
Raymond W. Clanto Bakersfield Coach
Christopher Cory Assistant Football Trainer
Hilary Davis Michelle
Jake Dengel Caribous
Robert Dickman Taft Business Man
Jeff Doucette Olin
Mike Douglas Actor
Herman Edwards Actor
Kurt Fox Actor
Kathleen Freeman Rosie
Hugh Gillin Caribou #2
Anne Haney Marcy
Linda Hart Blender
Brenda Huggins Mrs. Jackson
Hap Lawrence Dickie Larue
Robyn Lively Jaki
Christopher Mankiewicz Safari Room Security Guard
Wayne Montanio Felipe
Fred A. Nelson Bakersfield Coach
Tony Plana Chico
Chuck Ramsey Himself
Steve Riley Actor
Kim Romano Actor
Adam Rose Actor
Norm Schachter Referee
Jeff Severson Johnny O
Nick Shields Bam Bam
Darryl B. Smith Bakersfield Coach
Dub Taylor Mac
Kelly Thomas Actor
Peter van Norden Mando
Iron Jaw Wilson "Iron Jaws"
Philipe Gerard Disgruntled Fan
Wayne Adderson Bakersfield Coach
Patrick Brennan Ronny
Marie Cain Blender
Cathy Cheryl Davis Taft Woman
Jim Giovanni Taft Football Player
Michelle Guastello Taft Woman
Vister Hayes Dr. Death
Peggy Moyer Blender
Bill Overton Luther Jackson
Michael Rich Blade
William G. Schilling Caribou #1
Steve Shargo Taft Football Player
Susan Signorelli Taft Woman
Hugo L. Stanger Old Man Lester

Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
Burt Bacharach Songwriter
Arthur Benson Songwriter
Anthony Brockliss Art Director
Gordon Carroll Producer
Ewin Mac Coll Songwriter
Garth Craven Editor
Hal David Songwriter
Garry J. Elmendorf Special Effects
Gerry Goffin Songwriter
Linda Hart Choreography
Carole King Songwriter
Barry Mann Songwriter
Marc E. Meyer Set Decoration/Design
David Nichols Production Designer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Ron Shelton Screenwriter
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Stan Vincent Songwriter
Cynthia Weil Songwriter
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer
Brad Wilder Makeup

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