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Semi-Tough (1977)

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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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>

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This picture was the first film of a two picture contract between star actor Burt Reynolds and producer David Merrick. The second movie in the deal was Rough Cut (1980). 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

Billy Clyde Puckett: [to another knock at the bathroom door] Go shit in your hat!
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Soundtracks

Here Comes Santa Claus
(uncredited)
Sung by Gene Autry
Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
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Making yourself better
8 September 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Director Michael Ritchie was known for comedies but made one of the best sports movies of the 1970s, Downhill Racer about a selfish, self obsessed Olympic skier played by Robert Redford.

Semi-Tough is a satirical light romantic comedy. Billy Clyde (Burt Reynolds) and Shake Tiller (Kris Kristofferson) are football stars who are both involved in a relationship with Barbara Jane (Jill Clayburgh) the daughter of their team owner.

Inspired by a self help guru Friedrich Bismark (Bert Convy) it is Shaker who gets engaged to Barbara Jane which makes Billy Clyde realise that he also loves her.

This is an engaging look at two egocentric men, the influence of lifestyle gurus. There is a scene where an argument between two rival football players ends up being a discussion between rival self help courses.

Ritchie brings an almost anarchic style to the film yet has a cutting edge on the lifestyles of the rich and famous sports stars.

There is a famous scene where Billy Clyde gets involved in a 48 hours intensive find yourself seminar run by Bismark in a locked hotel room. Participants cannot leave even to go to the toilet but Billy Clyde has attached a device where he could relieve himself.

Burt Reynolds gives an engaging fun performance. Bert Convy is also effective as the shallow guru. He is a hoot when he discusses mixed marriages with Shaker. He always reminded me of Tom Jones when I was a kid. It must have been the perm.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1978 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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