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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Ron 'Cat' Catlan
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Julie Catlan
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Richie Fowler
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Coach Southerd
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Ann Marley
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Doctor Tristler
Richard Elkins ...
Kelly Williams
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Walt Chaffee
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Harvey Hess
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Himself
Ernie Barnes ...
Deke Coleman
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Himself
Doug Atkins ...
Himself
Bob Bennett ...
Penny Forber
Bart Burns ...
Ed Davis
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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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When you're number one there's only one way to go... down. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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21 August 1969 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Charlton Heston originally planned to make this film with Franklin Schaffner directing, but when Schaffner instead signed to direct "Patton", Heston turned to Tom Gries, with whom he had recently worked on "Will Penny". See more »

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~ Little Known Fact ~
18 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the final scene when Catlan is crushed by the Dallas defense (actually portrayed by Saints players Mike Tilleman, Dave Rowe and Fred Whittingham), neither Heston nor the producer felt the hit on him was realistic enough, so Heston asked them to cut loose to make it look authentic. On the second take, the trio slammed the actor to the ground, breaking three of his ribs!!

As for a better actor to play this part or the "realism" as criticized below, Hogwash. I can't think of many actors back then or NOW that would take a hit like Heston did for any movie.

I enjoyed the show, LOVED the football scenes, liked the 60's look and feel of the show, and still love watching Charlton Heston movies. May he R.I.P.


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