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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 30 June 1978 (USA)
In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best ... See full summary »

Director:

John Berry

Writer:

Bill Lancaster

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Marvin Lazar
Jackie Earle Haley ... Kelly Leak
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Coach Shimizu
Antonio Inoki Antonio Inoki ... Himself
Hatsune Ishihara Hatsune Ishihara ... Arika
George Wyner ... Network Director
Lonny Chapman ... Louis the Gambler
Matthew Anton Matthew Anton ... E.R.W. Tillyard III (as Matthew Douglas Anton)
Erin Blunt Erin Blunt ... Ahmad Rahim
George Gonzales George Gonzales ... Miguel Agilar
Brett Marx Brett Marx ... Jimmy Feldman
David Pollock David Pollock ... Rudy Stein
David Stambaugh David Stambaugh ... Toby Whitewood
Jeffrey Louis Starr Jeffrey Louis Starr ... Mike Engleberg
Scoody Thornton Scoody Thornton ... Mustapha Rahim
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Storyline

In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/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. Written by matt-282

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It's for everyone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bad News Bears 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 1th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1978. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The Paramount mountain changes into Mount Fuji before the opening credits begin. See more »

Connections

References Kojak (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
(uncredited)
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Convoluted Mess
9 April 2014 | by kandit1See all my reviews

This movie didn't know what it wanted to be. The whole plot simply doesn't make sense. Like with the first sequel, main characters disappear without explanation and new ones are added. Also like the sequel, they play horrible ball to start with despite being such a good team. Can talent be switched on and off like offense in a wrestling match?

The whole story of the team going to Japan just doesn't make sense. The side plot of Kelly pursuing a relationship is also thrown in without any thought. By the end, you don't care who wins or even if they play at all. In fact, baseball is not even the focus of the movie and the child actors play very minor roles.

Just a terrible movie that never should have been made.


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