Semi-Tough begins as a bawdy and lively romantic comedy about slap happy pro football players, then slows down to a too-inside putdown of contemporary self-help programs.

Semi-Tough begins as a bawdy and lively romantic comedy about slap happy pro football players, then slows down to a too-inside putdown of contemporary self-help programs.

Stars Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson and Jill Clayburgh are all excellent within the limits of the zigzag Walter Bernstein script and Michael Ritchie’s ambivalent direction.

Dan Jenkins’ book was adapted by Bernstein to tell of pals Reynolds and Kristofferson, members of a flashy team owned by eccentric Robert Preston, whose daughter (Clayburgh) roommates with the two guys. She tilts romantically towards Kristofferson, whose personality has become more assured after undergoing training by Bert Convy.

Semi-Tough

Production

United Artists. Director Michael Ritchie; Producer David Merrick; Screenplay Walter Bernstein; Camera Charles Rosher Jr; Editor Richard A. Harris; Music Jerry Fielding; Art Director Walter Scott Herndon

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Burt Reynolds Kris Kristofferson Jill Clayburgh Robert Preston Bert Convy Roger E. Mosley
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