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Bad News Bears Go to Japan, The (1978, Tony Curtis, Regis Philbin)



The delinquents of the diamond are back for the final installment of the series. Tony Curtis is enjoyable as a talent agent who’s out to exploit the kids when they travel to the Orient for the Little League World Series in Tokyo. Their opponent is a team from Japan. Their mission? Win the game and manage to return without starting World War III.

John Berry, the director of The Bad News Bears Go to Japan, was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and consequently spent many years living in France. He returned to Hollywood with Claudine (1974), starring Diahann Carroll.

production details
USA | 91 minutes | 1978

Director: John Berry
Producer: Michael Ritchie
Cinematography: Gene Polito
Editor: Richard A. Harris
Script: Bill Lancaster

Tony Curtis as Marvin Lazar
Regis Philbin as Harry Hahn
Jackie Earle Haley as Kelly Leak
Tomisaburō Wakayama as Coach Shimizu
Antonio Inoki as Himself
Hatsune Ishihara as Arika
George Wyner as the Network Director
Lonny Chapman as Louis the Gambler
Matthew Anton as E.R.W. Tillyard III
Sho Kosugi as Kata Demonstrator