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One-Trick Pony (1980)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 October 1980 (USA)
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Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Fox
Lonnie Fox
Cal van Damp (as Allan Goorvitz)
Modeena Dandridge
Michael Pearlman ...
Matty Levin
Steve Kunelian
Steve Gadd ...
Danny Duggin
Eric Gale ...
Lee-Andrew Parker
Tony Levin ...
John DiBatista
Richard Tee ...
Clarence Franklin
Bernie Wepner
Kate Pierson ...
Herself (as The B-52s)
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Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.

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Rock 'n' roll will give you some laughs...but it won't do you any favors.




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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cyrkowy kucyk  »

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During the party held after the 'Solute to the Sixties Night' show, the music 'Take Me to The Mardi Gras' can clearly be heeded, which is a song written by Paul Simon, while made a hip-hop classic by Bob James. The song in the film is Bob James version from his album 'Two.' See more »


When Jonah and Matty practice baseball in the park, the ball is returned to Jonah by someone obviously taller than eight-year-old Matty. See more »


Walter Fox: Jonah, you wouldn't by any chance be fucking my wife, would you? Because that wouldn't be conducive to a good artist-record company relationship.
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References Mrs. Miniver (1942) See more »


Written and Performed by Paul Simon
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1 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This reminds me of another movie involving intricate characters, great music, and a radio station. It was called "Choose Me" (1984), and was I have to say a much better-coherent-film.

One Trick Pony starts off promisingly, but falls short as some sequences seem to be extended in order to accomodate Paul Simon's excellent music (ie, long pans across city scapes as Simon and his band ride from gig to gig in their van). It also looks as though large chunks were edited out, in order to cut it's running time down; Such as when Simon meets Mare Winnigham (Saint Elmo's Fire) after a gig, then ends up sleeping with her, then is seen leaving her house without as much as a goodbye...Maybe that was the point, to show us his ephemeral lifestyle on the road. But I dunno though, as Simon's acting also leaves a lot to be desired. But then, he's a singer.

Blair Brown (Altered States)is good as his ex wife who he seems to sleep with whenever he's depressed about something(???). But otherwise it's an atmospheric (due to the music) but unremarkable film, and could''ve been so much more.

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