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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan -- In this third film version of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promotor/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.


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30 June 1978 (USA) See more »
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In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tony Curtis ... Marvin Lazar

Jackie Earle Haley ... Kelly Leak
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Coach Shimizu
Antonio Inoki ... Himself
Hatsune Ishihara ... Arika

George Wyner ... the Network Director
Lonny Chapman ... 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
Abraham Unger ... Abe Bernstein
Dick Button ... Himself

Regis Philbin ... Harry Hahn
Kin'ichi Hagimoto ... Game Show Host
Hugh Gillin ... Pennywall
Robert Sorrells ... Locke
Sonny Barnes ... Mean Bones Beaudine (as Clarence Barnes)

Michael Yama ... Usher

James Staley ... Network Man #4
Dick McGarvin ... Network Man #3
Tak Kubota ... Referee
Jerry Ziesmer ... Eddie of Network
Gene LeBell ... Mean Bones' Manager
Bin Amatsu ... Arika's Father
Dean A. Okinaka ... Manager
Victor Toyota ... Interpreter
Yangi Kitadani ... Fight Announcer
Marjorie Jackson ... Waitress
Jerry Maren ... Page Boy
Tim P. Sullivan ... Network Man #2
Robert Kino ... Moderator (as Bob Kino)
Dennis Freeman ... Network Man #5
Kyôko Fuji ... Madam (as Kyoko Fuji)
Ginger Martin ... Director's Aide
Daniel Sasaki ... Band Leader
Don Watters ... Network Man #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Hampton ... Dancing Woman (uncredited)

Shô Kosugi ... Kata Demonstrator (uncredited)

Ari Taub ... Left Fielder (uncredited)
Akira Ôizumi ... Second Baseman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Berry 
Writing credits
Bill Lancaster (written by)

Produced by
Terry Carr .... associate producer
Bill Lancaster .... co-producer
Michael Ritchie .... producer
Hisashi Yabe .... associate producer: Japan
Original Music by
Paul Chihara 
Cinematography by
Kôzô Okazaki (Japan)
Gene Polito (USA)
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris 
Dennis Virkler 
Production Design by
Walter Scott Herndon 
Set Decoration by
Cheryal Kearney 
Makeup Department
Hisako Hanazawa .... hair stylist: Japanese Crew
Bob Mills .... makeup artist (as Robert Mills)
Production Management
Terry Carr .... unit production manager
Asatomo Kyokawa .... unit manager: Japan
William Ross .... unit manager: Japan (as Bill Ross)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Abe .... assistant director: Japan
Alan Brimfeld .... second assistant director (as Alan Brimfield)
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
Art Department
Hiroshi Kitagawa .... art director: Japan
Mike Miner .... property master
Sound Department
William M. Andrews .... sound effects editor (as Bill Andrews)
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor (as Henry Asman)
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound mixer (as Gene Cantamesa)
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (as John K. Wilkinson)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Hector Guerrero .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Marlin Hall .... key grip
Kôzô Okazaki .... director of photography: Japan
Gene Polito .... director of photography: USA
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a"camera, steadicam
Richard Walden .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Martinelli .... wardrobe
Thomas Welsh .... wardrobe (as Tommy Welsh)
Editorial Department
Carolyn H. Abe .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Paul Chihara .... music adaptor
Robert Krueger .... music editor
Michael Melvoin .... music arranger: songs (as Mike Melvoin)
Other crew
Takashi Arakawa .... baseball advisor: Japanese Crew
Charlotte Dreiman .... location liaison: Japan
Michie Ross .... interpreter: Japanese Crew
Shin'ichirô Sawai .... dialogue coach: Japanese Crew (as Shinichiro Sawai)
Naofumi Okamoto .... production coordinator (uncredited)

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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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Ground to a halt, 7 September 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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