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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
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 ...
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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They never met an adult they couldn't drive crazy. See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport


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30 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bad News Bears 3  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 1th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1978. 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 »


Spoofed in The Critic: Marathon Mensch (1994) See more »


Selected themes
By W.S. Gilbert (as W.S. Gilbert) and Arthur Sullivan (as Sir Arthur Sullivan)
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Ground to a halt
7 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tony Curtis in his memoirs said he was not pleased with the results of The Bad News Bears Go To Japan. Probably he thought when signing on for this film in the first place he was going to be part of a hit series like James Bond. Unfortunately this film came up way short and The Bad New Bears ground to a halt.

Try as I might I could not wrap my mind around the concept that the parents of this club would send their kids unchaperoned to Japan with an unregenerate conman like Tony Curtis. Not like Curtis hasn't played hustlers on the big screen, he has and quite successfully. But that character he has done is jarringly out of place in a family type film.

Curtis is a down and out promoter who has the idea to promote the Bad News Bears to play the champion team of Japan. That's roughly like getting the Harlem Globetrotters to play the NBA champions, the Bears play in a style like the Globetrotters.

When it proves successful all kinds of people want to cash in and Curtis has to reexamine his own life.

Couldn't buy it and I doubt audiences in 1978 were buying it.

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