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Semi-Tough (1977)



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Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson star as two pro-football pals who both fall for the team-owner's very rich daughter. Kind of goofy, kind of funny, and somewhat endearing--those are the qualities that surface in this light-hearted comedy built upon an extremely predictable scenario.

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Burt Reynolds
as Billy Clyde Puckett
Kris Kristofferson
as Shake Tiller
Jill Clayburgh
as Barbara Jane Bookman
Robert Preston
as Big Ed Bookman
Bert Convy
as Friedrich Bismark
Lotte Lenya
as Clara Pelf
Richard Masur
as Phillip Hooper
Carl Weathers
as Dreamer Tatum
Brian Dennehy
as T.J. Lambert
Joe Kapp
as Hose Manning
Peter Bromilow
as Interpreter
Norman Alden
as Coach Parks
Jim Beaver
as "Beat" Member
Fred Stuthman
as Minister
Jerry Belson
as TV Director
Janet Brandt
as Dressmaker
Jenifer Shaw
as Stewardess
Ava Roberts
as Puddin's Wife
Michelle Griffin
as Little Girl
Mark Franklin Henson
as Attendant Tom
Kevin Grady
as Football Player
Tim Guy
as Football Player
Dick Schaap
as Himself
Paul Hornung
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Semi-Tough

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2016
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2016
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

A delightful, gentle satire on the American ideal of winning, which also takes broad but often hilarious swipes at fashionable health fads.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Set against the backdrop of professional football, Semi-Tough is both a three-cornered romantic comedy and a scathing satire of self-help movements.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Semi-Tough

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This movie came out in 1977 and basically makes fun of all the fads going on in the late 1970's. The football story is just a background story used to bring in the different fads. Unfortunately if you didn't live through that era you probably won't get the jokes. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on in the 1970's. Lot of ugly clothes too. This movie just touches the highlights but it does capture the mood and feeling of those years. I went and saw this movie in the theater in Stillwater Oklahoma when I was in college. I thought it was really funny then. I got it on Laserdisc when it came out on Laserdisc. Bert Reynolds just plays himself but is funny. Better than the other movies he made back then.

Donald White
Donald White

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 Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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