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Johnny Be Good (1988)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 25 March 1988 (USA)
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It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent ... See full summary »

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Bud S. Smith (as Bud Smith)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Johnny Walker
Robert Downey Jr. ... Leo Wiggins
Paul Gleason ... Wayne Hisler
Uma Thurman ... Georgia Elkans
Steve James ... Coach Sanders
Seymour Cassel ... Wallace Gibson
Michael Greene ... Tex Wade
Marshall Bell ... Chief Elkans
Deborah May ... Mrs. Walker
Michael Alldredge ... Vinny Kroll
Jennifer Tilly ... Connie Hisler
Jon Stafford ... Bad Breath
Peter Koch ... Pete Andropolous
Howard Cosell ... Himself
Jim McMahon Jim McMahon ... Himself
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Storyline

It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career? Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Every college in the country wants Johnny. 'Cause when he's good he's very very good. And when he's bad he's better.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny portate bien... See more »

Filming Locations:

Alamo Heights, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,249,388, 27 March 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,550,399
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening credit sequence, Johnny asks a cheerleader, "Will you take off your panties and stand over there?" She replies, "Anything for you." When you slow the movie down, you can see she is wearing nude-color underwear. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny is playing the drums during the credits, the Charlie Chaplin image on the poster in the background starts out looking to the right and Johnny's hi-hat cymbal is on the left. During subsequent shots back to this scene, the poster and the hi-hat cymbal reverse position several times (i.e., the image in the poster looks to the left then to the right, the hi-hat cymbal appears on the right and then on the left.). See more »

Quotes

Wayne Hisler: You looking for sympathy Leo? Look in the dictionary between 'shit' and 'syphilis'.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version was rated PG-13. Video version features additional footage and has been "re-rated R." See more »

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Referenced in TruInside: Bull Durham (2016) See more »

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Skintight
Written and Performed by Ted Nugent
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Underrated 80's comedy
13 June 2009 | by stacekarSee all my reviews

I'm surprised at the negativity. It's a great dumb comedy with a tiny bit of morality thrown in. The recruitment tactics may not be an exaggeration of reality - trying to schmooze the all-American QB.

How is it possible that Yes Man averages a 7 out of 10 and this movie is a 4.? Yes Man was barely watchable.

The cast was perfect and the movie probably wouldn't have worked without them. Robert Downey Jr.'s character is so disturbed and hilarious. It seems to be a carryover from his role in Back to School. Which is another great 80's comedy. Uma Thurman is so cute in one of her first acting roles. Paul Gleason plays is a-hole character to perfection.

Maybe I am just old enough to still love the John Hughes-style high school comedies of the 1980's. This isn't the best of breed, but definitely worth enjoying.


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