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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:
Marvin Lazar
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Coach Shimizu
Antonio Inoki ...
Hatsune Ishihara ...
the Network Director
Lonny Chapman ...
Louis the Gambler
Matthew Anton ...
E.R.W. Tillyard III (as Matthew Douglas Anton)
Erin Blunt ...
George Gonzales ...
Brett Marx ...
David Pollock ...
David Stambaugh ...
Jeffrey Louis Starr ...
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 Matthew Patay

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30 June 1978 (USA)  »

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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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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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Collapses long before reaching home plate
10 April 2014 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

In his autobiography, Tony Curtis blasted this movie, the final entry of the "Bad News Bears" series. Watching this movie, it doesn't take long to figure out why Curtis hated this movie. The strange thing, however, is that despite his less than adequate surroundings, Curtis gives a pretty good performance. He's lively, and manages to deliver a few quips in his trademark sarcastic manner that manage to provoke a few chuckles. Aside from Curtis, however, this movie is a terrible mess. I know these movies aren't supposed to be politically correct, but there are some touches that today could be considered racist. But the storytelling is even worse. For some reason, the kids in this movie don't get a lot of focus, and there's even less footage of them playing baseball. And most of the movie is one scene after another that doesn't advance the thin plot the slightest. It's hard to believe that Bill Lancaster, who wrote the sharp first movie, wrote this sloppy script.

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