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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 30 June 1978 (USA)
A small time hustler 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.

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

With all eyes on Japan after defeating the Houston Toros in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977), California's champions, The Bears, embark on a fascinating adventure in the far-off Land of the Rising Sun. Under the wing of the small-time Hollywood promoter, Marvin Lazar, the Bears face the country's all-star baseball team; however, nothing seems to work as planned. Now, against the backdrop of an insurmountable language barrier and an unforeseen romance, the Bears will have to prove their worth. Do they stand a chance against Japan's best little-league team? Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

$7,092,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,092,495
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first 'Bad News Bears' movie not to feature fan favorite Tanner Boyle played in the first two films by Chris Barnes. 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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: I Spit on Your Grave: Part 1 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Selected themes
from "THE MIKADO"
Written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (as Sir Arthur Sullivan)
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Collapses long before reaching home plate
10 April 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

In his autobiography, Tony Curtis blasted this movie, the final entry of the "Bad News Bears" series. Watching this movie, it doesn't take long to figure out why Curtis hated this movie. The strange thing, however, is that despite his less than adequate surroundings, Curtis gives a pretty good performance. He's lively, and manages to deliver a few quips in his trademark sarcastic manner that manage to provoke a few chuckles. Aside from Curtis, however, this movie is a terrible mess. I know these movies aren't supposed to be politically correct, but there are some touches that today could be considered racist. But the storytelling is even worse. For some reason, the kids in this movie don't get a lot of focus, and there's even less footage of them playing baseball. And most of the movie is one scene after another that doesn't advance the thin plot the slightest. It's hard to believe that Bill Lancaster, who wrote the sharp first movie, wrote this sloppy script.


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