The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

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The Bad News Bears
Go to Japan
Theatrical poster
Directed by John Berry
Produced by Leonard Goldberg
Fred T. Gallo (associate producer)
Written by Bill Lancaster
Starring Tony Curtis
Jackie Earle Haley
Regis Philbin
Music by Paul Chihara
Cinematography Gene Polito
Edited by Richard A. Harris
Dennis Virkler
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 30, 1978 (1978-06-30)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (also known as The Bad News Bears 3) is a Sport-drama film 1978 film release by Paramount Pictures and was the third and last of a series, following The Bad News Bears and The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. It stars Tony Curtis and Jackie Earle Haley, also featuring Regis Philbin in a small role and Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in a role.

This film was followed by a 1979 CBS-TV series, and by a 2005 remake of the 1976 film.


Small-time promoter/hustler Marvin Lazar (Curtis) sees a potential money-making venture in the Bears that will help him to pay off his debts. After seeing a TV spot about the Bears, he decides to chaperone the baseball team for a trip to Japan in their match against the country's best little league baseball team.

As implied in Breaking Training, the Bears had to defeat the Houston Toros for a shot at the Japanese champs. In the process, the trip sparks off a series of adventures and mishaps for the boys. A subplot involves the interest of Kelly Leak (Haley) in a local Japanese girl, and the cultural divide that comes to bear in that relationship.

About half of the original or "classic" lineup of Bears players return (many like Jose Agilar, Alfred Ogilvie, Timmy Lupus and Tanner Boyle are not featured). Three new players are featured: E.R.W. Tillyard III, Abe Bernstein and Ahmad's younger brother, Mustapha Rahim.


Other cast members listed alphabetically:

  • Akira Oizumi as (uncredited)
  • Brad Taylor as Mike; "Ringer" shortstop for the Bears (uncredited)[1]
  • Julie Hampton as Dancing woman (uncredited)
  • Randy Meadows as Henry; "Ringer" pitcher for the Bears (uncredited)[1]
  • Stephen Sullivan as Mitch; "Ringer" 2nd baseman for the Bears (uncredited)[1]
* Recurring character from previous Bad News Bears films
** Recurring actor from previous Bad News Bears films
*** Recurring actor from second Bad News Bears film only


The film has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews.[2] Jackie Earle Haley considered it the worst movie ever made.[3]

Home Media[edit]

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan was released on DVD February 12, 2002 by Paramount.

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