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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Clyde Puckett
... Marvin 'Shake' Tiller
... Barbara Jane Bookman
... Big Ed Bookman
... Friedrich Bismark
... Puddin Patterson Sr.
... Clara Pelf
... Phillip Hooper
... Dreamer Tatum
... T.J. Lambert
... Earlene Emery
... Hose Manning
... Vlada Kostov
... Bud McNair (as Jim McKrell)
Peter Bromilow ... Kostov's Interpreter
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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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19 May 1978 (Ireland)  »

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$37,187,139
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During halftime of the football game, the Kilgore College Rangerettes drill team is briefly seen. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Billy Clyde Puckett: [responding to a knock at the bathroom door] Just shit and push it under the door.
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Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Rounded Up In Glory
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Sung by Gene Autry
Written by Oscar Fox
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The Heartbreak of Dan Jenkins
10 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Jenkins's novel is one of the funniest books ever written, and THE funniest sports novel. The movie is a total trashing of Jenkins's work. It retains only the title, the names of a few of the characters, none of the book's plot, and none of its humor. The storyline bears absolutely no resemblance to the book. Billy Clyde's diary of the week leading to the Super Bowl, with all its hilarity, has been replaced by a silly look at self-improvement fads and crazes and Gene Autry music. Reynolds and Kristofferson are not believable as professional football players, although Kris would have been a great Elroy Blunt, had that important character been retained from the book. The problem was that Jenkins lost control of the scriptwriting. When the scene in which Billy Clyde and Shake are discussing their rating system for women was written, it used the Dudley Moore scale of 1-10, with 10 being tops. Jenkins informed the director that in the book, the scale went the other way, with a "1" being the top vote. He was informed, "This is the movie!"

I give this one a "1", using the movie's scale.


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