Rattling The Cage #5 – Nic Cage’s On-Screen Debut: ‘The Best Of Times’ [Podcast]

The Movie: The Best of Times (1981)

We dug deep to find the on-screen debut of a young, teenage Nicolas Coppola, in a never-picked-up pilot episode of a musical teen dramedy called The Best of Times. It’s got everything you’d expect from a series boasting a full understanding of adolescent America – it’s got angst, it’s got lust, it’s got… Crispin Glover?!


Further Reading, Viewing, and Links:

  • NetFlakes Podcast #74 – Back to the Future Part II w/ Rob MacDougall (NetFlakes)
  • Caroline and Dylan’s rankings of the Nicolas Cage movies (Letterboxd and Letterboxd)
  • the graphed trajectory of Nicolas Cage’s career

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  • The Best of Times pilot episode in full –


Caroline Diezyn is a PhD student, writer, and artist in London, Ontario. They think Nic Cage in Moonstruck is dreamy af. Check out their ranked list of every movie on Rattling The Cage on Letterboxd. Send them Cage memes on Twitter.

Dylan Clark-Moore is a person who loves to talk about media in London, Ontario. He joined Rattling The Cage because talking about Nic Cage’s personality is way easier than forming his own. You can find him on TwitterInstagram, and Letterboxd.

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