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Release Date:
June 1978 (Austria) See more »
They Lead The League In Scoring ... After The Game! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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If you know who Elroy Blunt was, don't watch this movie See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)

Burt Reynolds ... Billy Clyde Puckett

Kris Kristofferson ... Marvin 'Shake' Tiller

Jill Clayburgh ... Barbara Jane Bookman

Robert Preston ... Big Ed Bookman

Bert Convy ... Friedrich Bismark

Roger E. Mosley ... Puddin Patterson Sr.

Lotte Lenya ... Clara Pelf

Richard Masur ... Phillip Hooper

Carl Weathers ... Dreamer Tatum

Brian Dennehy ... T.J. Lambert

Mary Jo Catlett ... Earlene Emery
Joe Kapp ... Hose Manning

Ron Silver ... Vlada Kostov

James MacKrell ... Bud McNair (as Jim McKrell)
Peter Bromilow ... Kostov's Interpreter

Norman Alden ... Coach Alvin Parks

Fred Stuthman ... Minister Fred
Janet Brandt ... Wedding Dressmaker
William Wolf ... Tuxedo Fitter
Jenifer Shaw ... Stewardess
Kevin Furry ... Puddin Patterson Jr.
Ava Roberts ... Puddin's Wife
Melonie Magruder ... Linda
Mickey Caruso ... Curtis
Ed 'Too Tall' Jones ... Football Player (as Edward Jones)
Jerry Belson ... TV Director
Mark Franklin ... B.E.A.T. Attendant Tom
Niki Flacks ... B.E.A.T. Woman
Rose Pearson ... B.E.A.T. Woman
Thom Alan Phillips ... B.E.A.T. Man (as Thom Phillips)
Hugh Gorrian ... B.E.A.T. Man
Dick Schaap ... Dick Schaap - TV Sportscaster
Lindsey Nelson ... Lindsey Nelson - TV Sportscaster
Paul Hornung ... Paul Hornung - TV Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Herod ... Football Player
Mary Rae Hoskins ... B.E.A.T. Woman

Greg Pursino ... Football Coach
Kurt Taylor ... Issac

Jim Beaver ... B.E.A.T. Member (uncredited)

Bill Bragg ... CBS TV Cameraman (uncredited)

Robert F. Cawley ... Partygoer (uncredited)
Chuck Dawson ... Extra (uncredited)

Vincent Di Paolo ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jo McDonnell ... Choir Leader (uncredited)

Christopher North ... Extra (uncredited)
Janet Quist ... (uncredited)
Mike G. Shannon ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Ritchie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walter Bernstein 
Dan Jenkins  novel
Ring Lardner Jr.  uncredited

Produced by
David Merrick .... producer
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard A. Harris 
Casting by
Patricia Mock 
Production Design by
Walter Scott Herndon 
Set Decoration by
Cheryal Kearney 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
Production Management
Alan Levine .... production manager
Art Department
Donald B. Nunley .... property master
Roger Ragland .... carpenter
Sound Department
Tom Bullock .... sound editor
Eugene Finley .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Rez .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victor Bergstrand .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Tim Board .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... composer: additional music
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Michael Tronick .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Burt Reynolds based his character on friend Don Meredith's football career.See more »
Factual errors: When Miami scores the lone touchdown in the playoff game against Green Bay, the scoreboard displays a celebratory message. But the game is in Green Bay. No home team ever celebrates an opposing team's touchdown. especially in the fourth quarter of a playoff game.See more »
Billy Clyde Puckett:Why are you getting married? Did she knock you up?See more »
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Rounded Up In GlorySee more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
If you know who Elroy Blunt was, don't watch this movie, 4 April 2003
Author: groucho-33 from Cleveland, OH

Supposedly based on the book of the same name, the only similarities are the characters' names -- SOME of the characters. Some of the best ones, such as Elroy Blunt, greatest country/western singer ever to warble a tune, were left out completely. The whole thing is a shame, because this was by far the funniest book I ever read. I remember eagerly anticipating the forthcoming movie back in 1977. Then I heard that Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson and Jill Clayburgh were the stars and thought "oh-oh." Still, I went to see the movie -- just awful. Watched it again a couple of years ago with the hope that time might have taken the edge off. Wrong; it was worse than ever. While I respect the "favorable" reviews given by some above, it's obvious that they didn't read the book. I'd invite them to do so, then watch the movie again and see how they'd rate it again.

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