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Release Date:
28 May 1971 (France) See more »
The Disenchantment of an All-American Jock. See more »
Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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

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
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X (Original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal)
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A scene was surreptitiously filmed of Michael Margotta running naked across the campus. The contract with the University of Oregon stated no nudity to be filmed on campus. The word got out, officials of the university objected, but that part of the filming had already been secreted out of the state. The movie's other nude scenes were filmed elsewhere. Source: Variety, Sep. 16, 1970.See more »
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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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fair, 7 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Drive, He Said (1971)

** (out of 4)

Jack Nicholson's directorial debut is a confussing mess but here goes. The film deals with a troubled basketball star (William Tepper) who's caught in an affair with a teacher's wife (Karen Black). The only person trying to make him go straight is his coach (Bruce Dern) but outsiders keep stepping in the way. The film was also co-written by Nicholson and most of the blame can start right here. The film is all over the place and it seems there are enough story lines for at least five other movies. There's also a subplot with a friend who's trying to dodge the draft, which goes no where and leads to some pretty over the top, wannabe serious moments. The one thing going for the film are some pretty good performances, although it appears Dern is trying to give a Nicholson impersonation. Nicholson's direction hits a few good notes but in the end this seems like something that would have only been shown on TV. Needless to say it's never gotten an official release on home video.

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