The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (1978)




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Filling the shoes occupied by Walter Matthau in the Bad News Bears and William Devane in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Tony Curtis takes on the role of the teams newest coach in this, the third installment in the series. Jackie Earle Haley returns as Kelly Leak, the Bears' star player, as the team ventures to the other side of the world to face off against the best little league team in Japan. While there, the Bears find their way into mischief and Kelly finds love with a local girl. Though this was the last entry in the film series a television series followed a year later. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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Tony Curtis
as Marvin Lazar
Jackie Earle Haley
as Kelly Leak
Matthew Douglas Anton
as E.R.W. Tillyard III
Erin Blunt
as Ahmad Rahim
Tomisaburo Wakayama
as Coach Shimizu
Mathew Douglas Anton
as E.R.W. Tillyard III
George Wyner
as Network Director
Lonny Chapman
as Louis the Gambler
George Gonzales
as Miguel Aguilar
Brett Marx
as Jimmy Feldman
David Pollock
as Rudy Stein
David Stambaugh
as Toby Whitewood
Jeffrey Louis Starr
as Mike Engleberg
Scoody Thornton
as Mustapha Rahim
Dick Button
as Himself
Hugh Gillin
as Pennywall
Tak Kubota
as Referee
Gene Lebell
as Mean Bones' Manager
Jerry Maren
as Page Boy
Dick McGarvin
as Network Man #3
Regis Philbin
as Harry Hahm
James Staley
as Network Man #4
Don Watters
as Network Man #1
Jerry Ziesmer
as Eddie of Network
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Critic Reviews for The Bad News Bears Go To Japan

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The dangers inherent in sequel-making are clearly apparent in The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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January 25, 2006
Time Out
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The film is a demonstration of the kind of desperation experienced by people trying to make something out of a voyage to nowhere.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Aside from Tony Curtis's star turn as a greedy hustler who takes charge of the titular Little Leaguers, there's little of note in this lifeless, pointless second sequel.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
Radio Times

So much silliness has been substituted for the solid situations and characterizations of the original that it's hard to believe the same people had anything to do with both pictures.

Full Review… | May 29, 2013
TV Guide

So how much more can they get out of cussing kiddies playing baseball? Apparently an additional 91 minutes - 91 painful, horrendous, baseball-bat-to-the-crotch-three-times minutes.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Bad News Bears Go To Japan

The Bad News Bears strike out in their third movie. It's terrible and insulting to fans of the series. (First and only full viewing - 12/7/2011)

Adam R
Adam R

Easily the worst movie of the franchise. Only worth seeing if your a fan of the franchise and even then.... Last chance to see the original Kelly Leak makes it worth your time. One of my favorite movie characters of all time.

Christopher Schiffer
Christopher Schiffer

this one is the third sequel to "the bad news bears" return to series again. tony curtis join the sequel as the 'new' coach with the team bears. well, i do like this film of the series and what the hell? there no baseball game and practice rest of the movie but it only 3 baseball game scene. great wrestling ring with the coach and the bears team scene is funniest and hilarious.

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