The Best of Times

Backwater California town of Taft is known only to his only oil well and the eternally losing football team. Jack Dundee, decides to replay the game fifteen years ago, which brought shame to the team and to him personally. However, neither the residents nor the best player of those days Reno Hightower does not share the enthusiasm of Jack. Will he manage to shake the sleepy town and to rewrite history?

  • Roger Spottiswoode

Release Date: 1986-01-31
IMDb icon 6/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $12,000,000
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $7,817,314
Bathsheba Pacifa
05 July 2007 | 04:17

Not being a big fan of sports movies and all sports (especially American football or baseball), watching this film is long overdue. In principle, such "sports Comedy/drama/romance/Thriller" almost all the same — there is always a loser or group of losers who in the end of the movie in any sport take the rematch. There are also a set of thematic stamps, special sports jokes, like a mandatory and dearly cherished American Directors hit in the groin with a ball/puck/rod/Boxing glove/tennis racket and etc. 

However, some circumstances me to the film was drawn and attracted much. The first circumstance — Robin Williams, the actor who just don't know how to play bad, and makes any movie required to view, second — Kurt Russell, is also very interesting and a good actor, and finally, the third — year of the film. 1986. In the 80s knew how to do awesome Comedy, moreover, even athletic tape of that period are characterized by invention and originality. Just remember it strips those years of age: "that's bull Durham", "major League", "Eight out of games" and other cool Comedy. These are extremely positive factors overcame my extremely contemptuous attitude to the American mediumblue and forced to watch this feed.

I guess subconsciously, got an hour and a half of continuous positive and sea sports gambling, despite the that never been a fan. Well, I can, I can these hell to kindle in any active fan. Sit, because you know in advance that happens, who benefit how, literally step by step walk along with the writer is simple, the "brand" of dramatic tricks, and still fall into the thrill of weaklings, in the end, kick ass cool, arrogant and self-satisfied goons. Well, there is nothing in the original picture and looks cool, very fun, very kind. Screenwriter, by the way, Ron Shelton — he writer the Director of "Drascula bull," he also screenwriter of the film "White is not able to jump," in short, the guy knows a lot about sports acting always in one and the same methods, every time rivet great movies.

There anything that it can blame. Even in the groin with the ball no one owes never got it! No one vulgar jokes, no one nasty scene. Yes, the difference between this movie and some "penalty box", despite the thematic unity, as between the Grand canyon and a children's sandbox. Sorry for some ten years genre primitive and has deteriorated. I like sports film, humor, sports, and not an outhouse. In this case, all with a sense of humor is wonderful. Fun showdown between sports fans and their unsportsmanlike wives who want men drove them restaurants talked to them on politics, not football. Gorgeous scenes of the training of a team of losers, who really wants to become a team of Champions, but likes to this kind of lazy and through strength, the tricks, on who is the hero of the film, to awaken in the men the excitement and self-esteem... That's over the irony authors of the film.

Separately held in the film is the theme of a small town. The characters live in one hundred percent American West, steeped in lethargy. The characters are mired in the middle of nowhere, sitting in pubs rhythmically and quietly the current life of the city round losers who live only in their memories. Of these shameful memories from hero Williams and born of the obsession to reshape history to replay the whole life that was ruined by one match. He raises a city with knee, gives hope and the old belly, full of beer and their families, a typical provincial American — go back to the field to prove to themselves that they also "uuuuh, how can play!"

About the work of Robin Williams in this movie we can say that the actor has done everything from it can. Material for the role is given a little — loser-intellectual, which is the whole life reproaches himself for that could not once catch the ball and he turned the city into the swamp. Nothing special, typical for such films role. But Williams made its outstanding — filled with humor, the obsession with victory, optimism. We can say that the Comedy, the film was only thanks to Williams, probably at this expected by the authors of the film, inviting him this role. Williams then lively, energetic, incredibly bright football fan, some episodes with him as, for example, a family dinner with while watching the match, brilliant.

Kurt Russell is good too. Everywhere charismatic, handsome, a born hero, it looks behaves accordingly. A couple have them funny — the restless loser hypochondriac Williams and calm, knowledgeable CBE the case of Russell, one word is able to force the team to play to the limit.

Holly Palans and Pamela reed in the roles of loving, but uncompromising wives obsessed with our athletes, too, look very natural.

This, of course, first of all good Comedy. She did not bring big profits, perhaps that is why. In no careful of blowing dust with beloved by Americans of American football, the other sports pathos and heroic narcissism. But hands of Shelton and I was going to as an unconditional trump, Robin Williams, making the tape a great Comedy, and Kurt Russell, making it also classics of the genre of sports films. And the other now strong deficiency.

How much has The Best of Times made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $7,817,314.
How much did it cost to make The Best of Times?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $12,000,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Best of Times?
This tv-show was directed by Roger Spottiswoode.
What is the genre of The Best of Times?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Comedy, Drama, Sport.
Who starred in The Best of Times?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat.
What is The Best of Times IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 6.
When was The Best of Times released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 1986-01-31.