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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 30 June 1978 (USA)
In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Leak
Coach Shimizu
Antonio Inoki ...
Hatsune Ishihara ...
the Network Director
Louis the Gambler
Matthew Anton ...
E.R.W. Tillyard III (as Matthew Douglas Anton)
Erin Blunt ...
Ahmad Rahim
George Gonzales ...
Miguel Agilar
Brett Marx ...
Jimmy Feldman
David Pollock ...
Rudy Stein
David Stambaugh ...
Toby Whitewood
Jeffrey Louis Starr ...
Mike Engleberg
Scoody Thornton ...
Mustapha Rahim


In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best little league baseball team which sparks off a series of adventures and mishaps the boys come into. Written by matt-282

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Comedy | Family | Sport


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30 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bad News Bears 3  »

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Did You Know?


The first 'Bad News Bears' movie not to feature fan favorite Tanner Boyle played in the first two films by Chris Barnes. See more »


Abe Bernstein: Marvin, if I take off my shoes, I'm going to get athlete's foot!
Marvin Lazar: Well, that'll be the only part of you that is an athlete.
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount mountain changes into Mount Fuji before the opening credits begin. See more »


Follows The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) See more »


Words and music by Paul Chihara
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I can see why most of the original cast didn't return for the third installment
8 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well, I explained before my love of the first Bad News Bears and how I wanted to see the sequels thinking maybe they were not given a fair chance. But I was so sad to see that there was no Buttermaker in either films since technically he made the story what it was and the second one took on more to the team's story, which wasn't so bad, but it wasn't needed. The Bears now are more annoying and it wasn't appreciated what the writers did to the story or the characters, because the story became desperate.

The Bears apparently didn't win any trip to Japan despite that's what they said in the second sequel that they'd win a trip to Japan if they won the game like they did in the astrodome, but Japan is upset with the fact that no teams have come to America or they decline because Japan has beaten the American teams 9 to 11 games. The Bears get a sponsor who takes them to Japan anyways to help them win a game against the Japenese team, but apparently that's nothing written in the script about the Bears being talented in Baseball.

The third installment of The Bad News Bears is pretty bad and I was disappointed with how the sequels were made, I mean, were they absolutely necessary? I don't think so, I think honestly the die hard fans of the first Bad News Bears would agree that this was insulting to the original story, and I'm sorry that I rented the sequels, maybe I could say it was an accident and I was out of it when I picked them out.


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