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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a scene where Johnny (Anthony Michael Hall) is drumming, you can clearly see a Charles Chaplin poster. Robert Downey Jr. (Leo Wiggins) played Chaplin in Chaplin (1992). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Go, Johnny, Go! (2018) See more »

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Loneliness Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Written by Gary Prukop and Jon Milligan
Performed by Prisoner
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Clichéd and Unfunny
30 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Lame sports comedy with a miscast Anthony Michael Hall as the hottest high school football prospect who ever lived. It's really a vanity project for Hall, who had been playing nerd characters his whole career. Here he's trying to buff up and be taken seriously as something more than a geek. He fails. Robert Downey, Jr. plays the wacky best friend, as he often did back then. Downey's the most entertaining part of this, which isn't saying much. Decent support from Paul Gleason and Jennifer Tilly. Early role by Uma Thurman. She's beautiful and does fine in a worthless part in a worthless movie. I pretty much hated every minute of this. Almost every character is unlikable, especially the lead. The satire about college sports and other things is heavy-handed and never funny. Oh, and the music is dreadful. Avoid this unless you are a massive fan of Hall, Downey, or Thurman.


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