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The Best of Times
The Best of Times
Actors: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     1999     1hr 44min

A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.


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Actors: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Creators: Charles F. Wheeler, Garth Craven, Fredda Weiss, Gordon Carroll, Ron Shelton
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Robin Williams
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Best of,Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/02/1999
Original Release Date: 01/31/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 01/31/1986
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 5/25/2022...
A fun quirky comedy drama with Robin Williams and Kurt Russell in their younger days and a small role by Kirk Cameron when he was just a kid.
Elizabeth B. from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 2/8/2008...
This movie is hilarious! I am not even into sports and I laughed so hard it hurt. The peripheral characters along with Robin Williams and Kurt Russell are what make this movie so humurous. Robin Williams is perfect! If you like sports and have any nostalgic feelings about high school football, you need to see this.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Every Fall, this is a must see for me since 1987
gymkata | Austin, TX | 07/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Ju-Ju Bee | 01/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Best of times is good times!
Thin Timmy | New Orleans, La. | 06/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."