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Semi-Tough (1977)

R | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 1978 (Portugal)
A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Director:

Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Walter Bernstein, Dan Jenkins (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Mary Jo Catlett ... Earlene Emery
Joe Kapp ... Hose Manning
Ron Silver ... Vlada Kostov
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Bud McNair (as Jim McKrell)
Peter Bromilow ... Kostov's Interpreter
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Storyline

A comedy about two football players and their mutual girlfriend. Includes many spoofs and parodies about various self-help groups and personal self-improvement seminars that were wildly popular during the 1970's. Written by <keath@webtv.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Lead The League In Scoring ... After The Game! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Burt Reynolds based his character on friend Don Meredith's football career. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding rehearsal there is a child carrying the bride's train. Camera cuts to a shot from the altar where the child is seen dropping the train. Cut to a shot from the isle toward the altar and the child is seen dropping the train again. See more »

Quotes

Puddin Patterson Sr.: What you got is a bad case of Barbara Jane Bookman!
Billy Clyde Puckett: I've always had that. I just didn't know how bad until now.
Puddin Patterson Sr.: [realizing what Billy Clyde is up to and laughing] Oh man... you don't really think you're going to pull this scam off, do you?
Billy Clyde Puckett: I'm sure gonna give it my best shot.
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Connections

Followed by Semi-Tough (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Santa Claus
(uncredited)
Sung by Gene Autry
Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
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User Reviews

More than semi-tough to bear
15 June 2000 | by kris-124See all my reviews

I loved the book, but failed to heed warnings to steer clear of the film. The script is hackneyed. Reynolds, as Billy Clyde Puckett, gives his usual smirking performance, while Kristoffersen devil-may-care mien of his character, split end 'Shake' Tiller, and Dennehy adequate captures the man-child, T.J. Lambert. However, the script does little justice to Clayburgh's character, Barbara Jane, who was the best developed and most interesting character in Jenkins' novel.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Semi-Tough See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarrant County, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$37,187,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,187,139
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Charley Associates See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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