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Semi-Tough (1977)

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

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A comedy about two football players and their mutual girlfriend. Includes many spoofs and parodies about various self-help groups and personal self-improvement seminars that were wildly popular during the 1970's. Written by <keath@webtv.net>

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They Lead The League In Scoring ... After The Game! See more »

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The reenactment of the EST meeting with Bert Convey was exactly what Werner Earhart used to open his program with calling everyone "Assholes" right from the beginning of the seminar! See more »

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Quotes

Billy Clyde Puckett: [to another knock at the bathroom door] Go shit in your hat!
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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.23 (2009) See more »

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Don't Bite The Hand That's Feeding You
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Sung by Gene Autry
Written by James Morgan and Thomas Hoier
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Crosby/Hope/Lamour without any songs
25 March 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson team up to play a pair of amiable pro-football players in Semi-Tough a good natured comedy about these two and the owner'd daughter. Sounds like you should be waiting for punchline and in a sense the whole film is one.

Jill Clayburgh is the owner's daughter, the owner being Robert Preston who is a flamboyant Texas millionaire and owner of the Dallas football team which for copyright reasons is never referred to as the Cowboys.

Having grown up with the team Clayburgh is on a first name basis with all the players and they treat her with due deference. She'd like a little more going with either Reynolds or Kristofferson, but can't make her mind up which one. It's almost like Crosby/Hope/Lamour without any songs.

Some nice performances will be found from masseuse Lotte Lenya, fake motivational speaker Bert Convy, and also the best from Brian Dennehy as a defensive end who's really abusing the steroids. It's from Dennehy that we get some potentially serious moments in an easy going film.

Fans of the leads should appreciate Semi-Tough.


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