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Director:
Writers:
Jeremy Larner (screenplay) and
Jack Nicholson (screenplay) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
Counter-culture youth drama underlined with 'draft' paranoia... See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

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 film role of any kind for William Tepper, who portrayed the lead role of Hector.See more »
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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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Counter-culture youth drama underlined with 'draft' paranoia..., 16 June 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Fashionably fragmented, yet infuriatingly half-realized character-study, an examination of the different personalities of two college roommates: a talented but undisciplined star basketball player, and a pot-smoking, womanizing rabble-rouser. We never learn why these young men are friends. They may share confusions about the world and their places in it, but they don't seem to have anything else in common. Making his directorial debut, Jack Nicholson--who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Larner, based upon Larner's book--doesn't introduce us to the characters with any clarity, nor he does shape the scenes to help us identify with anyone on the screen. There are some very decent performances here (particularly from newcomer William Tepper in the central role), but most of the picture is unformed (perhaps intentionally), sketchy or unsure. Bruce Dern plays the hard-driving basketball coach, Karen Black is the older, married lady Tepper is having an affair with, and Michael Margotta is Tepper's wayward friend (in an off-putting, over-the-top performance). Nicholson fails to set up the sequences with any particular flavor, preferring (I assume) to let the character interaction dominate the film's tone; his script is no help either, and as a result it is unclear whom we're supposed to sympathize with. Small, random moments do work (a supermarket fight between Tepper and Black, Dern visiting Tepper in his dorm-room, all of the scenes set on the court), however the entire third act of the picture is an excruciating mess. Hoping to juxtapose an all-important b-ball game with a sexual assault, Nicholson shows no style at his craft (nor does he earn points for chutzpah, as his staging of these events is squashy and ugly). When a director goes out of his way to humiliate his actors, one has to question his motives in doing so. Perhaps if "Drive, He Said" ultimately made some sort of powerful statement in the bargain, audiences could forgive the filmmaker for his lapses in judgment and taste. Unfortunately, the perplexing closer is as dumbfounding as is much of the rest of the movie. *1/2 from ****

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