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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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Ron 'Cat' Catlan
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Julie Catlan
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Coach Southerd
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Ann Marley
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Walt Chaffee
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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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Let's hear it for number one. He's got nowhere to go but down. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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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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Good Performances Make it Worthwhile
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Number One (1969)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Charlton Heston plays Ron Catlan, an aging quarterback in the NFL who is entering his fourteenth season. Catlan goes through a disastrous pre-season and injures his knee so in the week leading up to the regular season he must decide if he wants to hang it up or try for one more shot of glory. This film has gotten several very negative reviews including one in Leonard Maltin's guide but I think they were a little too hard on the thing. Yes, it's nothing ground breaking and it's certainly not too deep but I thought it made for an entertaining little movie. There's nothing overly special to be found here but there's an interesting story here of the elderly quarterback trying to weigh his options. These include the retirement but also a friend (Bruce Dern) is trying to get him into a car business that would probably lead to more money and he wouldn't have to take a beating. He's also dealing with his wife (Jessica Walker) as well as a woman (Diana Muldaur) he starts an affair with. I think the film does a decent job at showing the struggle that a NFL player might go through and its this aspect that works the best here. All the personal drama with the wife and girlfriend is pretty melodramatic but none of it is soapy enough to where it kills the film. Another benefit for viewers of today is seeing the old fashioned football gear (New Orleans Saints is the team), stadiums and fans. The performances are all pretty good with Heston doing a very good job in the lead. There were a few times that I had a hard time buying him as a football player but he fit into the drama very well. Heston really appeared to know what it was like struggling getting old but he handles everything fine. Walter, a few years from PLAY MISTY FOR ME, is also good as the wife. Her and Heston really come across like a real couple, which was a plus. I thought Muldaur stole the film as the girlfriend as she really brought across some "60s swing" to the role. Dern doesn't have too much to do but he's certainly a shot of energy at least. I think the film does rely on flashbacks a bit too much and I'd argue that the thing moves at a predictable pace. With that said, the film is certainly innocent enough and I'm sure fans of Heston will enjoy seeing him here.


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