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Semi-Tough (1977)

Burt Reynolds , Kris Kristofferson , Michael Ritchie  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston, Bert Convy
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Dan Jenkins, Ring Lardner Jr., Walter Bernstein
  • Producers: David Merrick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Semi-Tough" on IMDb

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Get ready for friendly passes, romantic fumbles and passionate touchdowns in this bawdy and livelyromantic comedy (Variety)! Starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston and Burt Convy along with a host of real NFL players, Semi-Tough is an uproarious comic free-for-all (Playboy)! Sexy Barbara Jane (Clayburgh) and wayward football players Billy Clyde (Reynolds) and Shake (Kristofferson) have been best friends for years. But when Shake finds enlightenment with a wacky philosophy called IT, Barbara Jane finds herself falling in love with his new confidence. Soon engaged, Shake and Barbara Jane make a dash for the altar. But as Billy Clyde watches from the sidelines, he suddenly realizes that he wants Barbara Jane too! And when Shake begins to have second thoughts about marriage, Billy Clyde discovers that to score true love, sometimes all you need is a sporting chance and all the right moves!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another misunderstood 1970s masterpiece November 28, 2010
I have to respectfully disagree with many of the other commentators and "reviewers" on this particular film. In truth Semi-Tough is a daring, imaginative, and intelligent reinvention of classic Hollywood comedies of remarriage, (Ritchie's model was The Philadelphia Story) from the point of view of Ritchie, who was influenced by the observational, loose camera styling of documentary work as much as he was influenced by the sort of sharp, merciless social satire of American foibles and set not in a drawing room but in the world of pro-football.

All three leads are perfect. Each works well off the other two, and one of the astonishing things about Semi-Tough is how it manages to dip into the lowest of farcical and sexual humor and yet retain the dignity and verbal sophistication of the writing from the thirties and forties. Convy is perfect ( and perfectly sleazy) as a Werner Erhard imitator and it is the greatest fun to see a movie so willing to criticize and lampoon so many cherished movements and fads that would come to dominate our lives in this country even more so in the three decades that followed this movie. The movie is relaxed about sexual matters. It concerns mature, adult themes and manages to tonally shift throughout from burlesque to genuine intimacy between its characters. It both respects and criticizes the world of sports and actually gives informed perspectives about how awful all of the earnestness of some of these spiritual movements can be for those that get caught up in them. Burt Reynolds is the sane center of the film: his common sensical rejection of a culture that takes itself too seriously and his playboy libertine ways are a great foil for the dilemma of Jill Clayburgh's falling in love with Kris Kristofferson.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"Semi-Tough" is not a movie for everyone. For those who love sports, sick humor and love the politically incorrect, this is definitely your movie. Dan Jenkins (suthor) makes great fun of pro football and the preliminaries leading to the Super Bowl. While the movie is about a Texas team (the Dallas Cowboys?), the foibles are applicable to most pro teams. Sex, boozing, and offbeat behavioral science are the ingredients, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston,Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristopherson are the players and they are downright fun, if a tad unbelievable at times (remember, this is a spoof). While it fails to reach the hilarity of the book, this movie provides more than its share of laughs, many giggles, and some downright guffaws. It is not for the politically correct or weak of heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wacky New Age fads of the '70s February 18, 2014
Call SEMI-TOUGH (1977) less a gridiron film than a love triangle with a self-help seminar subplot. Ballplayers Burt Reynolds and Kris Krostofferson roommate with and share the platonic affections of team owner Robert Preston's daughter, Jill Clayburgh until she begins to fall for one of them, which creates a rift between the men.

While not listening to Gene Autry records, Big Ed (Preston) experiments with every psychic fad that comes along: pyramids, "pelfing" and more. Bert Convy figures large as the "est"-like guru who instills confidence in the man that then wins Clayburgh's heart.

This movie was widely panned for deviating from the Dan Jenkins novel by concentrating on New Age stuff rather than football, thus an outstanding supporting cast is squandered here. They include: Lotte Leyna, Richard Masur, Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed in "Rocky"), Brian Dennehy, ex-QB Joe Kapp, Ron Silver, Ed 'Too Tall' Jones, Dick Schaap and Paul Hurnung.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious April 22, 2012
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This is a hilarious movie. These are the good days for Burt Reynolds, Christ Kristopherson, and Jill Clayburgh. They are all at the height of their careers in Semi Tough. This is a movie about 2 football players who are also best friends and Jill Clayburgh is the coach's daughter who plans to marry Kris Kristopherson. Burt Reynolds is really threaten about the marriage because he has a thing for Jill Clayburgh as well. This love triangle is one of the best you will ever see and it is funny. No drama. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this feel good movie.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The first pairing of Burt Reynolds and Jill Clayburgh (the second being "Starting Over") is a lightweight and slightly unusual satire/romantic comedy that aims at a broad range of targets and manages to hit quite a few of them. Clayburgh seemed to specialize in offbeat characters in the 70's, and this was no exception. She is B.J. Bookman, daughter of the owner of a football team, and she lives with her father's two biggest stars, Billy Clyde Puckett (Reynolds) and Shake Tiller (Kris Kristofferson). Seems the three have been friends all their lives, but now romance has erupted between B.J. and Shake. Will they make it to the altar, or will B.J. realize she should be with Billy Clyde instead? The ending isn't hard to see coming but the ride is fun, and along the way the film takes some amusing jabs at hard-partying athletes, sexual mores, bizarre fitness rituals, and self-help gurus. Definitely worth a rental, especially if you enjoy the occasional guilty pleasure of watching movies where Burt is Burt.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ita a riot January 8, 2009
i found semi tought to be well played out and humorous throughout there was never a dull moment.bert rynolds is one who keeps the movie flowing with his same personality that he had in smoky and the bandit years kris kristofferson is a good at playing off of bert rynolds but the one that holds the movie together is jill clayburgh she is sexy and at the same time logical her carector
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great photographs of trees
You have to watch the film to understand my headline.

Great parody of 1970s personal growth era
Published 1 month ago by Russ Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 2 months ago by Steven C. Minnich
5.0 out of 5 stars Semi-tough
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Published 3 months ago by Mickie Kuchenmeister
2.0 out of 5 stars Semi-funny, at best
There were a few smiles, but I find that these Burt Reynolds comedies from the 70s don't age well. Seemed much more amusing back then. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jim Wetzel
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST LOVED THE RIDE!
Like a satisfying cruise back into the 70's for a while, and a truly loving look at a lot of old faces and characters from my very early adulthood. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lisa rembold
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun
We got this because friends of ours were extras in the crowd scenes. We never found our friends, but enjoyed the polyester leisure suits that were in the film. dejavu!
Published 14 months ago by P. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars semi tough
great old movie so funny to watch it again brings back old memories with these old classic actors , enjoy !!!
Published 21 months ago by jill beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars SEMI TOUGH - WHAT A RIDE!
this movie was filmed in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl in the middle of winter! My best friend and myself actually are extras in the crowd and it was so funny, when not filming the... Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Holly A. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars I Paid $2.99 At the Supermarket. I Got My Money's Worth
This is an OK film that attempts to skewer both professional sports and new age encounter training and falls short on both counts. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by David Baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars self-help revealed
I'm only giving this four stars instead of five. It's not high film art like say Deliverance but it does serve a purpose. Read more
Published on February 21, 2009 by Fred K. Johnson
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