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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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Release Date:
30 June 1978 (USA) See more »
They never met an adult they couldn't drive crazy. See more »
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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91 min
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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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References Rocky (1976)See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Bears are BAD., 17 July 2001
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

It had to happen. After the success of "The Bad News Bears" and "Breaking Training" the film execs at Paramount knew they had a goldmine on their hands and couldn't leave well enough alone. They started on the right track by enlisting Bill Lancaster to write the script. He also authored the original. Sadly that is where the similarities end.

"The Bad News Bears Go To Japan" is one of the worst films of the 70's. It's so bad the many of the kids from the first two don't even appear in this one. The ones that do are given little to do save for team leader Kelly Leak who gets to romance a young japanese girl. The love story is laughably bad.

The coach this time around is Tony Curtis playing a con man looking for his next score. Curtis looks as if he is in a trance as he sleepwalks thru the film.

And the worst part? There is very little baseball in a movie about little leaguers!!! We get more scenes of sumo wrestling. The one baseball game we DO get is badly directed and comes so late in the film you may have either fallen asleep or turned it off.

And why send the kids all the way to Japan? A bit far fetched don't you think? Apparently the first film was a smash hit in Japan, playing in one theater for over a year. That says it all. The filmmakers knew that no matter how badly it bombed here (and it did) that they would have a hit in Japan (and it was). Too bad they didn't care that the product they were presenting was no better than a student film on a tiny budget. No. Take that back. A student film on a tiny budget would have to be ten times better than this pathetic "comedy."

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