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Drive, He Said -- The longhaired star of an Ohio College Team, can't decide if he wants to turn pro or join his radical roommate, in bringing about a revolution. In the meantime, he's content to carry on an affair with a faculty wife.

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Director:
Writers:
Jeremy Larner (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 July 1971 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Disenchantment of an All-American Jock. See more »
Plot:
Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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William Tepper ... Hector

Karen Black ... Olive
Michael Margotta ... Gabriel

Bruce Dern ... Coach Bullion

Robert Towne ... Richard

Henry Jaglom ... Conrad

Michael Warren ... 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)

Harry Gittes ... Announcer #2

Charles Robinson ... Jollop
Bill Sweek ... Finnegan

David Ogden Stiers ... Pro Owner (as David Stiers)
B.J. Merholz ... Pro Lawyer
Mireille Machu ... Secretary (as I.J. Jefferson)
Kenneth Payne ... President Wallop
Cathy Bradford ... Rosemary
Eric Johnson ... Pfc. Johnson
Bill Kenney ... Phoneman
Leonard Lookabaugh ... Policeman (as Lenny Lookabaugh)
Clyde Crawford ... M.P.
Mark Malinauskas ... Psychiatrist
Douglas McKenzie ... Doctor #1
Robert W. Page ... Doctor #2 (as Robert Page)
Oliver O'Ferrall ... Doctor #3
Douglas Ryan ... Manager

Cindy Williams ... Manager's Girlfriend
Gunnar Malm ... Buckholder
Bill Duffy ... Trainer
Vince Fritz ... Basketball Player
Billy Gaskins ... Basketball Player
Vic Bartolome ... Basketball Player
Lee Harvey ... Basketball Player
Victor Vigeant ... Basketball Player
Nick Jones ... Basketball Player
Mack Koykendall ... Basketball Player
Tom Sparks ... Basketball Player
Michael Koontz ... Basketball Player
Racim Bothal ... Basketball Player
Carlton Slater ... Basketball Player
Bob Rodgers ... Basketball Player
Jim Rodgers ... Basketball Player
Ken Smith ... Basketball Player
Tom Tjader ... Basketball Player
Ulysses Chang ... Guerrilla
Ken Hamilton ... Guerrilla
James Aday ... Guerrilla
Daniel Kern ... Guerrilla
H.J. Langtree ... Guerrilla
Eric Lee ... Guerrilla
David Norris ... Guerrilla
Detlif Eismann ... Guerrilla
Valerie Hoffman ... Guerrilla
Pam Baker ... Guerrilla
Pat Mow ... Guerrilla
Marilyn McKinney ... Cheerleader

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Cheerleader
Rhonda Triplett ... Cheerleader
Linda Winslow ... Cheerleader
Charles Wiper ... Referee
Jack Hinkle ... Referee
Al Bailey ... Referee
Bill Williams ... Referee
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Directed by
Jack Nicholson 
 
Writing credits
Jeremy Larner (screenplay) and
Jack Nicholson (screenplay)

Jeremy Larner (novel)

Terrence Malick  uncredited
Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Steve Blauner .... producer
Harry Gittes .... co-producer
Jack Nicholson .... producer
Fred Roos .... associate producer
Bert Schneider .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern 
Christopher Holmes 
Pat Somerset 
Robert L. Wolfe 
 
Production Management
Harold Schneider .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Skip Cosper .... second assistant director
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Walter Starkey .... property master
 
Sound Department
Charles T. Knight .... sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Dean Salmon .... boom operator
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Colean .... first assistant camera
Robert Comer .... gaffer
Bill Curtis .... best boy
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Terry K. Meade .... camera operator
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ken Kenny .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation captain (as Al Schultz)
 
Other crew
Lynette Bernay .... location secretary (as Lynn Bernay)
Kent Remington .... location representative
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Marilyn Schlossberg .... production coordinator
 
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USA:95 min
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Australia:R | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X (Original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal)
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First credited feature film role for Michael Warren, who was credited as Mike Warren.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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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All the good intentions in the world can't substitute for a coherent script, 26 May 2014
Author: bob_meg from United States

Drive, He Said, Jack Nicholson's first solo outing as writer/director for BBS Productions, one of the first true indie film powerhouses, is unfortunately also it's first genuine misfire and failure for good reason: the film is virtually unwatchable.

Nicholson, while unquestionably being one of the greatest actors of our time, never seemed to get much guidance (not one of BBS' strong suits) when writing scripts. He co-wrote Head with Bob Rafelson, mostly stoned, and that actually kind of worked given that film's stream of consciousness/acid-trip feel. At least there was a guiding vision (probably by Rafelson) --- a genuine point to be made. That Nicholson was allowed to botch Jeremy Larner's lauded novel (with help from Larner) is inexcusable. It might have worked better had the actors just been allowed to improv all of their lines...it certainly couldn't have been worse.

Simple elements of the story --- that the college basketball hotshot hero (William Tepper) is boning the wife of a *professor* (not just a random boyfriend) is just glossed over and left for the audience to assume. It makes no real difference, because this story line (like all the others) never goes anywhere. Characters flounder in and out of scenes, overact, underact, mumble their lines, all seemingly at random. It gives you new appreciation for the directors who can pull this type of renegade filmmaking off well (Rafelson, Altman, Cassevetes). You simply cannot stand back and let the actors do whatever they feel like, which is obviously what Nicholson did. He mistakes indie filmmaking with making a documentary film (and even that's a stretch as most docs have a better sense of story and purpose).

Yes, I know the real point is supposed to be the juxtaposition between the go-go rah-rah pointlessness of the basketball story contrasted with the over-the-top campus radical B story starring the unfortunately untalented (and maybe just undirected) Michael Margotta as a guy so intent on dodging the draft that he will incite riots, streak, attempt to assault and rape a woman in her own home, and then loose an entire room of lab animals on each other just to be declared mentally unfit. It's all as subtle as being hit on the head with a sledgehammer and just as artful and entertaining.

If you can endure Karen Black screaming her lungs out for over five minutes straight, you just might have a chance at sitting through this interminably long ninety minute snoozer. If you buy the Criterion BBS box (an awesome set, by the way), it's worth a look because it's such a freak show, otherwise don't bother.

Note that when you read a positive review of this movie though, it is usually slathered with praise about it's nostalgia and social value/accuracy as a "gritty portrait of our times" in regards to early '70s campus friction.

There's a good reason for that too: with a movie as flimsily made as Drive, He Said, you MUST bring something to the equation yourself. God knows it isn't on the film itself.

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