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Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, ... See full summary »

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Hector
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Olive
Michael Margotta ...
Gabriel
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Coach Bullion
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Richard
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Conrad
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Easly (as Mike Warren)
June Fairchild ...
Sylvie
Don Hanmer ...
Director of Athletics
Lynette Bernay ...
Dance Instructor (as Lynn Bernay)
Joseph Walsh ...
Announcer #1 (as Joey Walsh)
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Announcer #2
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Jollop
Bill Sweek ...
Finnegan
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Pro Owner (as David Stiers)
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Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, Gabriel, who may have dropped out from school and become a protestor, wants desperately not to get drafted for Vietnam. Written by Jack Gattanella

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16 July 1971 (Finland)  »

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Aquellos años  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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The outdoor riot scene was shot during an actual campus protest. During filming, students at a nearby college got in a scuffle with police. When director Jack Nicholson heard about it, he took his actors and crew to the site of the mêlée and shot footage without permission. See more »

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Boom mics are visible in two scenes. First, when William Tepper / "Mike" is walking with a friend on a sidewalk and descends some stairs on a hillside. Second, when Tepper is in Karen Black / Olive's home, the low ceiling in the living room forces the boom mic into view. See more »

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Interesting, but I can't say I liked it much at all
22 May 2011 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

One of only three films Jack Nicholson directed. This film was kind of a dud at the time, which probably explains why Nicholson's secondary career never flowered. I have to say, he did have some talent as a director. Unfortunately, Drive, He Said isn't that good of a film. Well directed, but still a bit of a bore. William Tepper plays a college basketball star (in Ohio, as the whole film is meant to make the audience think of Kent State). His roommate, Michael Margotta, is a hippie activist who is about to be drafted. Karen Black, who made a big splash opposite Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, plays a faculty wife with whom Tepper is having an affair. The big problem with the film is that Tepper is pretty boring and Margotta is extremely annoying. There are some good scenes, but it just doesn't come together. This one is more a candidate for rewatch than A Safe Place (which is on the same Criterion disc), though. I felt like there was something I wasn't getting. I may not have entirely liked it, but it was intriguing.


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