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One-Trick Pony (1980)

R | | Drama | 3 October 1980 (USA)
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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Cal van Damp (as Allen Goorwitz)
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Modeena Dandridge
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Matty Levin
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Steve Kunelian
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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

During the film's credits, Paul Simon & co. (The Jonah Levin Band) are shown driving through what is ostensibly a highway between Cleveland's airport and The City. The footage is actually Route 22, in Union, New Jersey. 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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Soundtracks

Soft Parachutes
Written and Performed by Paul Simon
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poignant and worth watching again
14 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film did not do well on release but I've just watched it again twenty five years later and it is a solid film on a number of accounts. A poignant story which, while not that original, keeps its momentum. The juxtaposition of Jonah Levin's (Paul Simon's) enthusiasm along with his band works great, contrasted with the tedium and frustration of his life. If you want to see great work in small roles, check out Joan Hackett's character (Joan died before she was 50 of ovarian cancer - a real loss). The "dead musicians" contest may be dated now but it gives a worthy glimpse into road life. Simon is believable and little Michael Pearlman is wonderful. There's also a small role at the beginning with Daniel Stern as a Hare Krishna airport devotee. And did I mention that the music still holds up?


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