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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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I can see why most of the original cast didn't return for the third installment See more (20 total) »


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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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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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I can see why most of the original cast didn't return for the third installment, 8 December 2006
Author: Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois

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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