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Number One (1969)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 21 August 1969 (USA)
The story of Cat Catlan (Heston), a washed up quarterback who turns to drink and women to solve his problems. But he soon discovers that his problems are just beginning.



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Credited cast:
Ron 'Cat' Catlan
Julie Catlan
Richie Fowler
Coach Southerd
Ann Marley
Doctor Tristler
Richard Elkins ...
Kelly Williams
Walt Chaffee
Harvey Hess
Ernie Barnes ...
Deke Coleman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Abramowicz ...
Doug Atkins ...
Bob Bennett ...
Penny Forber
Bart Burns ...
Ed Davis


The story of Cat Catlan (Heston), a washed up quarterback who turns to drink and women to solve his problems. But he soon discovers that his problems are just beginning. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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"CAT" CATLIN. Fat cat in a violent world. Knock 'em down. Trample 'em under-- Wife. Girlfriend. Competition. Everybody. See more »


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 August 1969 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The coach said that their first regular season game was against Dallas. In actuality in the 1969 season (The Saint's third), Dallas was the second game. (Washington was first). See more »

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" If you can do something well, do it. Before, time catches up with you "
10 January 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

During the life of Charlton Heston, he often selected to personify men who lived larger than life. Yet, for all of his superior talent, he often said he liked to portray ordinary men in ordinary lives. One exceptional film was 'Will Penny.' Here is another. The movie is called " Number One. " In this role he plays NFL football Quarterback, Ron Catlan. For several years he has been the mainstay player for the New Orleans Saints and has proved to be an exceptional individual. Years ago, he was selected to be the Quarterback and has taken the team to a number of play offs and a Superbowl. During the up-ward climb, men have come to respect and admire him, in addition he has garnered the praise and accolades of both his fans and his team mates. Indeed, everywhere he is seen, both professional men and adoring women seek him out. But that was then, now-a-days, he is being reminded by his coach (John Randolph) that time is catching up to him. Former team players like Richie Fowler (Bruce Dern) who are successful businessmen, advise him to quit football soon and market his name to an advantage. Yet, 'Cat' feels his present career can last several more years and doesn't want forced retirement. Hoping for the best, he plays as if his skill will last beyond his present ability. Roy Jenson makes a brief appearance. ****

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