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One-Trick Pony (1980)

 -  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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Jonah
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Marion
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Walter Fox
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Lonnie Fox
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Cal van Damp (as Allan Goorvitz)
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Modeena Dandridge
Michael Pearlman ...
Matty Levin
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Steve Kunelian
Steve Gadd ...
Danny Duggin
Eric Gale ...
Lee-Andrew Parker
Tony Levin ...
John DiBatista
Richard Tee ...
Clarence Franklin
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Bernie Wepner
Kate Pierson ...
Herself (as The B-52s)
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Himself (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)  »

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Cyrkowy kucyk  »

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Trivia

Floyd Vivino was supposed to appear in this film as the night club owner, but none of his scenes made the final cut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jonah: Steatopygias.
Cal van Damp: What?
Jonah: Steatopygias. It means "rump," so whenever a fat-ass walks in the room... well, someone like you... you'd say, "Well, Cal, you're certainly steatopygias." It's better than fat-ass because you and anyone else wouldn't know what the fuck I'm talkin' about.
Cal van Damp: [angrily] I guess you don't want to make any records for the rest of your life, you jerk! Hey, hey...
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Soul Man
Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter
Performed by Sam & Dave (as Sam and Dave)
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A very underrated movie about the music business
19 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having read the other comments about this film, one thing is quite evident:

If you are or ever been a professional musician ( as I am ), you'll react quite differently to this film quite differently than if you are a Paul Simon "fan" or a movie buff ..

Granted, the movie has some production "warts", but the overall milieu of "the road" and the " music business" Simon has conveyed, and the sharp characterizations of all the actors are really extremely realistic to those who've been there..( I especially would cite Rip Torns wonderful roman-a-clef of Clive Davis and Allan Goorwitz' dead-on impression of the radio programmer as exceptional.

Also, even though they're basically playing themselves, the "band" ( Tee, Gale, and Gadd in particular ) acting is basically unmannered and realistic.

Having spent my working life in the music industry as an arranger /composer /producer for over forty years, I still watch my worn out old VCR copy about once a year ..and it really wears well ..and brings back many memories ..both good and bad!


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