Semi-Tough

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Movie Info

Billy Clyde Puckett (Burt Reynolds) and Marvin "Shake" Tiller (Kris Kristofferson) are professional football players who share a lush Miami apartment with Barbara Jane Bookman (Jill Clayburgh), the pretty young daughter of their team's owner (Robert Preston). When Barbara develops feelings for Shake and the two begin a relationship, he insists that she join him at B.E.A.T., a New Age training program run by the shady Friedrich Bismark (Bert Convy).

Cast & Crew

Burt Reynolds
Billy Clyde Puckett
Kris Kristofferson
Marvin `Shake' Tiller
Jill Clayburgh
Barbara Jane Bookman
Robert Preston
Big Ed Bookman
Bert Convy
Friedrich Bismark
Roger E. Mosley
Puddin Patterson Sr.
Lotte Lenya
Clara Pelf
Richard Masur
Phillip Hooper
Carl Weathers
Dreamer Tatum
Brian Dennehy
T.J. Lambert
Jerry Fielding
Original Music
Charles Rosher Jr.
Cinematographer
Patricia Mock
Casting
Walter Scott Herndon
Production Design
Theoni V. Aldredge
Costume Designer
Cheryal Kearney
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Critic Reviews for Semi-Tough

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  • Well supplied with both raunchy humor and star appeal, particularly in the person of Burt Reynolds, the film seems certain to become a crowd-pleaser.

    August 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Semi-Tough may or may not turn out to be the year's best comedy -- there's Annie Hall to remember and Mel Brooks yet to be heard from -- but it is without a doubt the year's most socially useful film.

    August 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Semi-Tough begins as a bawdy and lively romantic comedy about slap happy pro football players, then slows down to a too-inside putdown of contemporary self-help programs.

    January 25, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Semi-Tough pokes fun in rambling fashion, but it is vulgar in intelligent ways and almost always amusing in its perceptions of befuddled people who are perfectly healthy but often convinced they're not.

    January 25, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A delightful, gentle satire on the American ideal of winning, which also takes broad but often hilarious swipes at fashionable health fads.

    January 25, 2008 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Agreeable if not especially imaginative.

    February 5, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Semi-Tough

  • Mar 25, 2013
    Glib, slick and self-righteous, Semi-Tuff romanticizes two football heroes, both self-obsessed (but in different ways) and critical of all who aren't likewise inclined. Its interesting most as a historical window to cultural thought at the time.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2011
    This film pokes fun at the self-help, empowerment movements of the 1970's more than anything else. I never saw what the big deal with Jill Clayburgh was. This film rates somewhere above Gator but below The Longest Yard.
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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