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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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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)
Himself (as The B-52s)


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 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Late In The Evening
Written and Performed by Paul Simon
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The movie is also a "One Trick Pony"
18 October 1998 | by (Budapest) – See all my reviews

Paul Simon is a self-conscious, introspective, thoughtful man. These qualities, together with his superb guitar licks, eclectic international tastes, and sweet whispery tenor, have made him one of the musical giants of the 20th century, at least figuratively.

The same qualities don't stand him in good stead as an actor. Unlike other self-conscious performers (Woody Allen comes to mind), he can't effectively emote even as himself - a Simonesque musician named Jonah Levi. He uses his limbs awkwardly, and he always seems to be waiting politely for the other actors to finish their lines so he can get his turn.

I wanted to like this film, because I like Simon and he threw his heart into it. I just couldn't. He's stiff, the script is meandering, and the ending is so abrupt you wonder if you missed something. Even his music is decidedly on the lower side of his career output, and it seems to create gaps in the movie's flow. (Hey, what can the characters do to kill two and a half minutes until the background song ends? How about showing Paul taking out the garbage?) Besides, if you want to hear his music, grab one of his concert tapes and get his "A" output.

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