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Johnny Be Good (1988)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 25 March 1988 (USA)
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Johnny's the top high school football player and many colleges want him. His girlfriend, coach and BFF want him in the college serving themselves most.

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Bud S. Smith (as Bud Smith)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Johnny Walker
Robert Downey Jr. ... Leo Wiggins
Paul Gleason ... Wayne Hisler
Uma Thurman ... Georgia Elkans
Steve James ... Coach Sanders
Seymour Cassel ... Wallace Gibson
Michael Greene ... Tex Wade
Marshall Bell ... Chief Elkans
Deborah May ... Mrs. Walker
Michael Alldredge ... Vinny Kroll
Jennifer Tilly ... Connie Hisler
Jon Stafford ... Bad Breath
Peter Koch ... Pete Andropolous
Howard Cosell ... Himself
Jim McMahon Jim McMahon ... Himself
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Storyline

It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career? Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Taglines:

Every college in the country wants Johnny. 'Cause when he's good he's very very good. And when he's bad he's better.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny portate bien... See more »

Filming Locations:

Alamo Heights, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,249,388, 27 March 1988

Gross USA:

$17,550,399

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,550,399
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Michael Hall and Paul Gleason reunite after appearing together in The Breakfast Club (1985) See more »

Goofs

A cop is thrown through the windshield of a cop car. The glass breaks in big shards like plate glass. Windshields are made from laminated safety glass and shatter into small pieces that stay together. See more »

Quotes

Georgia Elkans: Well. Since you're not going to speak, you WILL rub my feet.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version was rated PG-13. Video version features additional footage and has been "re-rated R." See more »


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Caviar
Written and Performed by Myles Goodwyn
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Not good, not horrible
9 December 2001 | by rpzowieSee all my reviews

I was amused that Leonard Maltin wrote in his review that the seriousness of the issue (presumably, unscrupulous recruiting tactics) totally eluded this film's makers.

Of course, this is very contradictory for Maltin to say considering he has given positive reviews of countless films that totally elude the seriousness of issues like premarital sex, drug usage and underaged drinking.

In Johnny Be Good, true, unethical recruiting is presented in a comical format. However, Johnny's parents, girlfriend and high school coach take a clear stand of him going to the wrong college. At the end, he makes the right choice and goes to a college that focuses on education as well as athletics. The unscrupulous recruiters then face the consequences of their actions.

Don't get me wrong. This wasn't a great film, and Anthony Michael Hall wasn't well-cast in this film. However, Maltin's reasons for not liking this film are ridiculous at best and hypocritical at worst.


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